Gelnhausen has about 20,000 inhabitants. It's 50 km east of Frankfurt and about 50 km west of Fulda.
There is a train service from Frankfurt (30 minutes) every hour. Connection to Motorway A66.
- 1 Kaiserpfalz Gelnhausen (Barbarossaburg), Burgstraße 14. founded in 1170 by Frederick Barbarossa (Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor)
- Museum Gelnhausen, Obermarkt (behind Obermarkt 24). Entertaining museum with many interesting exhibits, including a gigantic human ear that kids can climb into (reservation required), as well as on historic figures such as Emperor Frederick Barbarossa.
- Romanisches Haus.
- Hexenturm. 15th century tower
- Marienkirche. 12th century church and landmark
- There is an annual festival called the "Schelmenmarkt" (Scoundrels' Market). It features some rides such as a roller coaster and two or three carousels. This is probably a good occasion to get to see the town at its best.
Gelnhausen has a surprisingly wide range of restaurants.
- Sardina. is good for pasta, pizza, etc.
- Schelm von Berge, Obermarkt. offers amazing traditional German food, with a gourmet twist. Schnitzel and Käsespatzle are probably the best two items on the menu, but there's nothing sub-par about the food at this atmospheric venue.
As in most towns around Frankfurt you will have no difficulties finding the famous Ebbelwei (apple wine).
- Café Art. One of the best pubs in Obermarkt, a 'square' that is anything but square, has cobbles all over it, and is flanked by the region's distinctive, red-sandstone buildings. The beer to go for is Jever Pils, draught. Buy it in small measures the way the locals do.
- Schelm von Bergen, Obermarkt, ☏ .
- Altstadthotel Gelnhausen, Untermarkt 17, ☏ .
- Grimmelshausen-Hotel, Schmidtgasse, ☏ .
- Burgmühle, ☏ .
- Bad Orb, spa town, 15 km to the east (20 minutes by bus)
- Hanau, birth place of the Brothers Grimm, 25 km to the southwest (15–20 minutes by train)