Stage 7 : A wonderful German touring

Stage 7 : A wonderful German touring.

CENTRAL ROUTE

Stage 7/24 - 334 kms


0 km Cologne

119 kms Limburg an der Lahn

79 kms Frankfurt

136 kms Dettelbach

carte Cologne a Dettelbach

Cologne : an international tourist city in Germany

COLOGNE - Germany

COLOGNE - Germany © william87 - Fotolia.com

Cologne, founded 2000 years ago by the Romans, is one of Germany’s oldest cities. The twelve Romanesque churches and the famous cathedral bear witness to the city’s religious importance. Today, its historic centre can be visited on foot. There are a number of interesting museums and historic edifices such as the eclectic Town Hall and the Gothic Gürzenich. Cologne lies on the banks of the Rhine and often experiences floods. Have a nice day in this international tourist city !

Limburg an der Lahn, old and preserved town

Limburg an der Lahn is a well-preserved historic town of the Lahn Valley, renowned for its half-timbered architecture. It is the capital of the Limburg-Weilburg district. The town of Limburg developed around the castle of the same name, built in the 7th century. It was first mentioned as “Lintpurc” in 910, when the St. George monastery was founded by Konrad Kurzbold. The name probably originates from “Linter Burg”, meaning “castle on the Lint River”. Limburg’s old town is one of the loveliest and best preserved in the region. It boasts a number of half-timbered houses, including some dating back to the 13th century, but most of them are “only” from the 17th or 18th century. All these white houses with their red or black framework endow Limburg with a particularly cheerful atmosphere.

Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Unesco recognition

In recognition of its status as one of the world’s oldest and most wonderful cultural landscapes, in 2002 UNESCO inscribed the Upper Middle Rhine Valley on its list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. The romantic river valley is lined with castles and palaces. It stretches from the ancient Roman town of Coblence, to Bingen and Rüdesheim and it consists of steep vineyards which are home to the famous Rhine wines. In the Romantic era, the Rhine not only transported the goods and people from various countries, but was also a channel for a multitude of cultural influences and ideas. The religious buildings along the river, in particular, bear eloquent witness in this regard.

Frankfurt : The German financial capital centre

Frankfurt is Germany’s fifth-largest city, continental Europe’s largest financial centre. It is home to the European Central Bank, the Deutsche Bundesbank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and several large commercial banks. The European Central Bank is the eurozone’s central bank, consisting of 17 EU member States that have adopted the euro as their common currency and sole legal tender. The Deutsche Bundesbank is Germany’s central bank and as such forms part of the European System of Central Banks. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is one of the world’s largest stock exchanges through market capitalization and represents over 90 percent of the turnover in the German market.

Upper-Vogelsberg National Park

Vogelsberg is a massive volcanic outcrop in central Germany. Huge chunks of dark black rock can be found everywhere as well as many other sorts of volcanic rock. The mountain is made up of a number of peaks, the highest being Taufstein at 773m. Hoherodskopf is this mountain’s second highest peak, at 763m. Vogelsberg means “birds’ mountain”. The entire Vogelsberg Massif is within a national park and also in the area of the Hoher Vogelsberg, which is home to many specimens of birds from the region. One of the most extraordinary features of this area is the large number of windmills, that you can find almost anywhere you travel in this region. They don't take up a lot of space and are very effective. The wildlife in this part of the country is also very diverse.

Messel Pit Fossil Site (approximately 25 km from Frankfurt)

The Messel and its pit of fossils has contributed to a better understanding of the Eocene age. It is a small site of approximately 1000 m long and 700 m wide. It was the period when mammals became firmly settled in the major land ecosystems. The Messel is also exceptional in the quality of preservation, quantity and diversity of the fossils. Messel has fully articulated skeletons and the outline of the entire body as well as feathers, hairs and stomach contents.

Dettelbach : a charming tourist town to visit

DETTELBACHS - Germany

DETTELBACHS - Germany © WernerHilpert - Fotolia.com

Dettelbach is a town in the District of Lower-Franconia in Bavaria, Germany. It has an almost complete medieval city wall, including the towers and two remaining town gates. Dettelbach’s most important architectural features are the cobble-stoned streets with picturesque rows of half-timbered houses and historic buildings dating as far back as the Renaissance or even the late Gothic era. Dettelbach is famous for its wine, available from a number of local wineries. A major tourist attraction is the annual wine festival right in the heart of the town centre. The festival is held every year as from the Catholic celebration of Corpus Christi to the Sunday following the holiday. A local specialty is the “Muskatzinen”, delicious pastries spiced with nutmeg, made according to a secret recipe.

Wartburg Fortress (on the way 20 km from Dettelbach)

The Wartburg fortress in Eisenach is a famous attraction dating from the 11th century, when it was founded by Louis the Jumper. St. Elizabeth of Thuringia lived there since 1211 and Martin Luther lived for one year from 1521, while translating the New Testament in German. The castle’s present look dates to a great extent from the 19th century. The Castle’s attractions include festivals or concerts, St. Elizabeth’s rooms, the Landgrave’s chamber, the Bergfried tower and the room where Martin Luther lived. The fortress is open to the public as a museum.

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