It’s going to be hard to figure out what you’re going to love most when you come to Haßfurt. But, without knowing what’s here it’ll be really hard to judge. I guess that leaves the next question to; what is there to see in this Lower Franconian hamlet?
One of Haßfurt’s most exciting places is the Nature Park Haßberge. If you’ve got the incentive to see it all, then you’ll be treated to just about everything Mother Nature has to offer from rolling hills, to woodlands, to running streams.
You’ll also have some wonderful man-made delights to explore from old vineyards to no less than 15 castles (some are castle ruins) and 26 manor-houses scattered along the park — adding to Haßfurt’s charm.
There’s also a thing to be said about a town’s history when something over 300 years old is considered new. That’s the case of Haßfurt’s “New” City Hall. It’s “old” Rathaus counterpart is located on the marketplace and is about 500 years old (built 1514 for some quick math).
Haßfurt’s two city halls aren’t even as old as some other buildings around town. Oldest of them all is the Kloster Kreuztal Marburghausen, built in 1237.
A hundred years later Haßfurt built both the Hospital Chapel (1430) and the Ritterkappelle (Knights Chapel) in 1431. There’s an amazing collection of 238 medieval knights’ coat of arms within the Knights’ Chapel. Also from the days of medieval knights are both Haßfurt’s tower gate and remnants of its fortification wall, or Stadtmauer.
A few centuries after the medieval knights, in 1888, the Jewish residents of Haßfurt built a lovely little synagogue. It was destroyed some 50 years later (November 1938), now there’s a memorial stone dedicated to its history.
If you’re lucky enough to visit in July or October, you’ll be able to see everything here AND enjoy the MeeFest (on the Festplatz) and Haßfurter City Parade (along Hauptstraße), respectively. Of course, if you’re here any other time (depending on the season) you’ll be able to enjoy a dip in the town’s free-form swimming pool or catch an exciting game of ice hockey.
It’s no wonder that Bavaria is the most visited region in all of Germany. Because, it’s places like Haßfurt that make people really want to come visit, not to mention celebrate Bavarian style.