Ober-Mörlen — Quiet, Friendly, High Taunus

Jutting up against the towns of Butzbach and Friedberg is the two-district Hessian town of Ober-Mörlen.

This isn’t a town of wild nights and all-out partying like nearby Frankfurt (only 29km south). Nope, it’s a simple place of quiet half-timbered houses and old churches.

So, if you’re looking for a quiet place to learn what it’s like in a typical German town, you’ve found it right here. Sometimes that’s all anyone is looking for, to walk along places like Frankfurter Straße, imagining what it must’ve been like around here a few centuries ago.

Honestly, it was tough around here a few centuries back. Once lorded over by the Lords of Falkenstein, Schloss Ziegenberg (which funny enough translates to Mountain Goat Castle, ha ha!) was destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War conflict. It suffered again during the last days of World War II, when American bombers hit it.

Ziegenberg is also where you’ll find a very pretty Evangelical Church, right next to the old vicarage on Fauerbacher Straße. Along Hauptstraße are more half-timbered houses, and at Hauptstraße 27 is a local museum.

Another must-see church is the Gustavus Adolphus Chapel, a simple white building with long rectangular windows from the 19th century. The St. Mary Chapel is worth seeing, too.

The real show-stopper though is the Church of St. Remigius, a medieval church from the very early 13th century that too bad burned down in 1591. They rebuilt it though, all the way back in 1607.

All this history is great, but it isn’t anywhere nearly as old as the reconstructed Gaulskopf from the Roman era. Even better that it’s a UNESCO area in the High Taunus Nature Park.

The countryside surrounding Ober-Mörlen is fantastic, and one of the best viewpoints is the Winterstein mountain. The whole area is a just splendid for hiking, biking, or whatever else you can think of doing outdoors.

Hey, keep it clean — this is a family friendly place. ;-)

Great family fun can be had at Ober-Mörlen’s annual Pfarrfest and Pumpkin Festival, both of which are held in September. And Carnival’s a big production around here — since 1753.

What do you know, maybe Ober-Mörlen isn’t as quiet as it first appears…

 

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