Münzenberg — Dark History In The Wetterau

The English translation for the Hessian town of Münzenberg is Coins Mountain. Ha, sounds funny, right?

However, coins don’t come to mind when thinking about this charming town in the Wetterau region. Romans, wine, and rocks come to mind about Münzenberg — not coins.

I guess some things do get lost in translation. ;-)

Münzenberg does have more than those three things, including a whole bunch of hiking and bike trails and paths. If you like “dark” history, you might want to hike on over to Münzenberg’s Gallows, a spot where they used to hang you. Yikes, that’s harsh.

Well, no one ever said life in the Middle Ages was easy. What you could say about medieval life is the period gave us some excellent castles — like Burg Münzenberg. It might be a ruin now, but it’s a venue for many theater performances.

Close to the castle is the Geological Garden, a rock garden of sorts — so make sure you come on by when visiting the castle, OK?

I also said Romans came to mind in Münzenberg; and the reason being, there’s an old Roman Road that you’ll find here, and you’re close to the Limeskastell Alteburg — a Roman structure that’s some 1900 years old.

What else did I say about Münzenberg? Right, wine. The town hosts an annual Wine Festival in June, so that’s a great time to be here. Then again, if you’re here for the Martinimarkt (November), Oktoberfest (September), Village Festival (June), two Summer Festivals (July and August), or the Christmas Bazaar and Christmas Market (both in December) — you’ll still manage to have a good time.

As you’re doing all that, you’ll find many half-timbered houses giving the town of Münzenberg a true Old World feel. Stop by the St. Nicholas Chapel (built 1284), or the village church in the hamlet of Trais (one of its four districts) from the 14th century to see some of its other old buildings — or make a game of trying to find pieces of its original defense wall.

Maybe a visit to the Local History Museum can help out with that, too.

Now do you see why “coins mountains” doesn’t quite fit the real Münzenberg? No matter, so long as you’re here. ;-)

 

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