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Obermarkt

Gelnhausen is a town in Hesse, one of the states of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Understand[edit]

Gelnhausen has about 20,000 inhabitants. It's 50 km east of Frankfurt and about 50 km west of Fulda.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

By motorcar[edit]

Connection to Autobahn A66.

Get around[edit]

Map of Gelnhausen

See[edit]

  • 1 Kaiserpfalz Gelnhausen (Barbarossaburg), Burgstraße 14. It was founded in 1170 by Frederick Barbarossa (Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor). Imperial Palace, Gelnhausen (Q2082229) on Wikidata Imperial Palace, Gelnhausen on Wikipedia
  • 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
  • 2 Marienkirche. 12th-century church and landmark. Marienkirche (Q1897804) on Wikidata

Do[edit]

  • 1 Barbarossafreibad, Barbarossastraße 44-46, +49 6051 2401. May-Sep: daily 08:00-20:00. An open-air swimming pool. Adult €4, child €2.50.
  • 2 Hallenbad Gelnhausen, Am Hallenbad 1, +49 6051 17070. Tu 07:00-18:00, W-F 07:00-22:00, Sa 13:00-19:00, Su 09:00-16:00. Adult €3.90, child €1.90.

Events[edit]

  • 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.
  • Kinzigtal total. An "everyone can particpate" cycling event. (Q64211405) on Wikidata

Buy[edit]

Eat[edit]

Gelnhausen has a surprisingly wide range of restaurants.

  • Sardina. A good place for pasta, pizza, etc.
  • Schelm von Berge, Obermarkt, +49 6051 2755. It 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.
  • 1 Pizzeria A66, Altenhaßlauer Weg 3 (Hailer), +49 6051 67929. The insider tip, in the opinion of many Gelnhausers, is that they have the best wood-fired pizza here, but the other food is good too, and very cheap.
  • 2 Blockhaus, Auf der Dürich 1, +49 6051 3921. M Sa 12:00-21:00, Su 10:00-21:00. It offers classic Hessian specialties and cheap but very good apple wine. It is an excursion restaurant in a beautiful location on the edge of the forest.

Drink[edit]

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.

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

  • 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)


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