If you thought that the big city chic Frankfurt would overshadow its scanty neighbor Schwalbach am Taunus, you are in for a surprise!
Being so close to the big city, you would think that you wouldn’t find any old historical buildings, but please… this is Germany!
One of its oldest sights are the ruins of the 14th century Schwalbach Castle (it has been uninhabited since the late 16th century). Besides, this area has been inhabited since the Stone Age, then by the Romans and Merovingians. Guess they, too, loved the mild winters and knew a good thing when they saw it.
Not only ancient visitors liked what they saw. International companies like Jaguar, Samsung, SANYO, and Land Rover felt inspired enough to call Schwalbach am Taunus their remarkable German home.
Living true to the surrounding Taunus, Schwalbach has a large Arboretum with over 600 varieties of trees and bushes. Hidden with the forest trees you’ll find the Honour Mark, a memorial dedicated to soldiers from the First World War with an addition added to the soldiers of the Second World War.
After a visit there, go grab a beer at one of the most famous pubs in town (ex., the Mutter Krauss), or stay at Zum Schwanen, a historic hotel that dates back to 1668! There are also plenty of decorative half-timbered houses in the old part of this town.
The Limestadt District, by the way, is mostly residential but it’s the place to go to catch the S-Bahn train or shop at the town’s market.
Just remember, while Schwalbach am Taunus has plenty of international companies making this place home, it still retains the feel and flavor of a cute small town.