Freudenberg

Historic half-timbered houses in the old town of Freudenberg, Germany
Historic half-timbered houses in the old town of Freudenberg, Germany

Located in the foothills of the Odenwald, close to Miltenberg, Freudenberg is the most north-easterly town of the state of Baden-Württemberg, and claims almost 800 years of history. Overlooked by the castle ruins of Burg Freudenberg, which were extensively renovated to preserve its historical links, the town is nestled along the banks of the Main River.

The Main is a huge part of the life of each resident of Freudenberg. Originally a place of work for sailors and fishermen, today it is known as a resort for socialising and recreation, and is a popular tourist destination.

The Main Promenade in the town is characterised by half-timbered houses and narrow, winding streets, encouraging visitors to explore around the next corner. The entire town is a collection of listed buildings, including the baroque-styled gallery, housing a collection of ship models, and St. Laurentius Church, dating back to the 13th century and well worth a visit.

Wander or cycle along the purpose-built bike paths, relax at the bathing lake, or take a visit to the free zoo in the town, housing over 80 exotic animals. For the more adventurous, there are bike paths leading up into the surrounding forest and providing magnificent views of the town and the Main’s riverscapes.

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