My first thought about the Hessian town of Weilrod was, if you want to see as much as you can in this fairy tale federal state, then you might want to consider staying here. You couldn’t ask for a better locale — located amidst the Limburg – Frankfurt – Wetzlar – Wiesbaden axis, right in the Taunus Mountains.
That being said, it’s highly unlikely that you’d get the time to see the others, since the thirteen villages of Weilrod will keep you quite busy.
The village of Altweilnau is a whole day affair with its own castle ruins. You could manage to sit a whole day away just staring at the ruins of Castle Altweilnau, originally built in 1208 by the Counts of Diez. Stop by the the 14th century Evangelical Church, and all the half-timbered houses from the 16th & 17th centuries.
More framework houses await in the village of Finsternthal; it’s where the German Avenues Route meets up with Weilrod.
Cratzenbach also has those fairytale looking houses along tiny lanes, but it is the Hochtaunus Nature Park that’s the top attraction around here. Mauloff is also within the nature park, a village that’s full of open fields in this quiet hamlet.
Neuweilnau is the place to come when you’re in the mood to see more architecture from the Middle Ages. Its castle dates to around 1302, but what you’ll see now came along back during the Renaissance around 1506. Its Protestant Church is a stunning Baroque one from the 18th century.
It wouldn’t be right to leave Weilrod before going to see the half-timbered church & rectory in Rod an der Weil; or, the Romanesque original church in Emmershausen.
Oooh, or the quaint Protestant Chapel (from the 17th century) in Oberlauken; and the views from the Observation Tower at Park Dreieich. Riedelbach is near the Großer Feldberg, one of the tallest peaks in the area — so the views here will be worth the hike.
Didn’t I tell you that Weilrod would keep you busy without rushing off somewhere else?