Schöneck in Hesse is a difficult town to try and explain. Oh, it’s beautiful; so that’s not the issue. It has some really fun festivals throughout the summer months; but that’s not it either.
Maybe it’s trying to condense the thousand year histories of the town’s three villages; which are Büdesheim, Kilianstädten, and Oberdorfelden — located about a half hour northeast of Frankfurt. You’ll find quite a few framework buildings throughout the three hamlets, they’re great if you like that sort of thing.
If you like the arts, Schöneck does host a variety of theater, cabaret, and children’s theater events.
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There’s even a castle, known as the Altes Schloss, in Büdesheim. Oh, you didn’t seriously think there wouldn’t be one? The Altes Schloss is the site of a huge (and I mean BIG) summer pageant celebration with its own market (great for souvenir shopping) and filled with lots of singing, dancing, eating, and just about anything in between.
That’s not Schöneck’s only festival. There is the Büdesheim Lantern Celebration on the first weekend in August, the Kilianstädten Village Celebration on the last weekend in June, the Oberdorfelden Celebration, and some big oven bake off celebration. That might be a good one to visit if you like to eat!
Thankfully, there are many restaurants in town including pubs, taverns, beer gardens, pizzerias, and everything in-between.
There is only one hotel, however. Hotel Lauer (located on Frankfurt Road 93) is an affordable, clean, and tidy inn that offers a hearty German buffet breakfast daily.
You’ll need the fuel to give you enough energy to bicycle ride on the many Hessian trails, or even if you just decide to walk on the hiking paths.
If it’s summer, take a dip in the outdoor pool (open mid-May to mid-September) and if it’s colder outside; swim in the indoor pool (open mid-September to mid-May).
Turns out that maybe explaining Schöneck wasn’t so difficult after all!