Hünfelden — Framework And A Castle Decorate The Landscape

Oh Germany, you just about tricked me again. Not quite, though, I was too fast for you this time.

For a minute there, I might have confused Hünfeld in (eastern) Hesse with this Hünfelden in (western) Hesse. The former being close to the Fulda River, the latter being within the posh Taunus Mountain region (about which this very page is about).

You’ll find all seven of Hünfelden’s villages along the Autobahn A3 running from Cologne to Frankfurt; and just north of Wiesbaden. It also lies along a very historical district of the Bundesstraße 417 (called Hühnerstraße). Seems simple enough to get here, right?

But, what to see when you’re here anyway? Glad you asked, because there’s a good deal to see. Kirberg might only be second in terms of Hünfelden’s population (2394 residents); but, it appears to be where most of the action takes place.

Most famous of them are the ruins of Castle Kirberg that was built around 1355. Not a lot of the old burg remains, but it’s the site for many of Kirberg’s celebrations. Kirberg also has the town’s Rathaus (Town Hall), both the new one and the old timber-framed old one — which is another one of Hünfelden’s attractions.

Dauborn has a lot more of those framework houses that Germany is famous for, though. But, if you see any of them, it’s got to be the Steinsches Haus that is the most beautiful of them all. In Mensfelden, it’s the old, grey-stone church that everyone comes to see; and a former monastery is Gnadenthal’s contribution to Hünfelden’s sites about town.

Then again, maybe you don’t want to see any of this at all. Good thing there are kilometers upon kilometers of walking trails and bicycle paths. For less than three euro, you can spend a whole day over at Kirberg’s heated outdoor swimming pool. Dauborn has one, too, although it’s not heated.

Oh, thank the Heavens that I’m not confused about the town of Hünfelden. Nothing personal about the other one, but this place sounds pretty nice to me. I’ll be looking forward to hearing what you think!

 

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