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


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

Get in[edit]

There is a train service from Frankfurt (30 minutes) every hour. Connection to Motorway A66.

Get around[edit]

Map of Gelnhausen


  • 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.


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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