Brachttal — Travel The Südbahn In The Kinzig Valley

To be totally honest, I didn’t know what the town of Brachttal was going to be like. I knew a little about it before — the town of six villages is located in the Kinzig Valley, bordering Bad Soden-Salmünster and Birstein in the Southern Vogelsberg Mountains.

OK, its geography isn’t all you need to know about Brachtal, but it sure does help if you’re gonna travel along the Vogelsberger Südbahnradweg. This 35km biking route even offers shuttles for you (and your bike) from May to October. Perfect if you’re tuckered out riding around all day.

Train lovers might appreciate taking the actual Vogelsberger Südbahn, a 31.6km train route — just as much as they’d love the miniature model of it in Brachttal’s Local History Museum.

While a train ride is nice, you’re not going to get the real feel of the place chugging along a track. You’re not going to see the 15th century St. Martin Church (in the village of Udenhain) that way, that’s for sure. And you’re not gonna get up-close-and-personal with what remains of a medieval castle in Spielberg.

You’ll want to see the Evangelical Church, too. Technically it isn’t a medieval one (built 1844), but the one here today is built over a much older one — so still historical nonetheless.

If after all this you still have the need to see more , then I’d say go to nearby Schloss Steinau. This old gem is a blend of medieval and Renaissance architecture — right down to its 13th century donjon and 16th century tower. And I wouldn’t leave with going to see Schloss Wächtersbach, a 3-story moated castle with these awesome round towers.

Just be sure to come back for Brachttal’s cultural celebrations. The Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) Ball is a nice one, as is the Summer Festival in June, and the 2-day Summer Festival in July.

It doesn’t matter that I didn’t know too much about Brachttal before, so long as I (and you) know how great it is now.

 

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