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  • Schloss Johannisburg
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    Schloss Johannisburg

    Schloss Johannisburg is a castle in Aschaffenburg that was erected between 1605 and 1614 by Georg Ridinger. Until 1803, it was the second residence of the Prince Bishop of Mainz. It is constructed of red sandstone, the typical building material of the area around Aschaffenburg.

    The castle is one of the main attractions of Aschaffenburg and its landmark. It is located in the center of the city, overlooking the waterside of the river Main. A keep from the destroyed 14th century castle that had formerly stood on the site was included in the construction and is the oldest part of the castle. Schloss Johannisburg is one of the most important buildings of the Renaissance period in Germany. At the end of the 18th century, the interior was restructured in the style of classicism. It was nearly destroyed in the closing days of World War II and took about twenty years to fully restore.

  • Naturwissenschaftlichen Museum Aschaffenburg
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    Naturwissenschaftlichen Museum Aschaffenburg

    The Naturwissenschaftlichen Museum Aschaffenburg (Natural History Museum of Aschaffenburg) is a natural history museum located in the Schönborner Hof at Wermbachstraße 15, Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, Germany. It is open daily except Wednesday; an admission fee is charged.

    Since 1970 the museum has been housed in the former city palace of the Counts of Schönborn (built 1681), and currently contains a mineral collection, extensive butterfly collection, taxidermic collection of regional fauna, and herbarium (established 1900).

  • Johannisburg Palace
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    Johannisburg Palace

    This important Renaissance palace, built in 1605-1614 by Georg Ridinger, served until 1803 as a second official residence for the archbishops and electors of Mainz. It features an art gallery with works by Lucas Cranach the Elder (Branch of the Bavarian State Galleries), the Vestment Chamber of the Palace Church with ecclesiastical vestments from the Mainz Cathedral treasury, the Princes' Apartments with neoclassical furnishings and the Municipal Palace Museum. One particularly unusual attraction is the world's largest collection of cork architectural models, detailed reproductions of famous buildings from ancient Rome.

    Hours: April - September: 9 am-6 pm. October-March: 10 am-4 pm. Closed Mondays.

    Admission: Adults 5 €, Concessions 4 €.

  • The Pompeiianum

    The Pompeiianum

    This idealized replica of a Roman villa was built in 1840–1848 by Friedrich von Gärtner for King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who had been inspired by the excavations in Pompeii. The wall paintings and mosaic floors of the colourful rooms were based on Roman prototypes. Today they provide the perfect setting for an exhibition of original works of art from the State Antiquities Collections. The Pompeiianum is picturesquely located in a sloping vineyard overlooking the Main, surrounded by a Mediterranean garden with almond and fig trees and cedars.

    Hours: March 30 -October 10: 9 am-6 pm. Closed Mondays. Closed 11 October-March.

    Admission: Adults 5 €, Concessions 4 €.

  • Schönbusch Palace and Park
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    Schönbusch Palace and Park

    Schönbusch Park is one of the earliest landscape gardens in Germany. From 1775 the Archbishop of Mainz, Friedrich Carl von Erthal, had his deer park redesigned in the English landscape style.It was completed in 1790 by garden architect Friedrich Ludwig Sckell. Architectural features such as an observation tower, the Red Bridge, the Temple of Friendship and the Philosopher's House, a tiny village and shepherds' cottages are arranged in charming settings with artificial lakes and hills.

    A further highlight is the exquisite interior of the little summer palace built by Emanuel Joseph von Herigoyen.

    Hours: April-September: 9 am-6 pm. Closed Mondays. Closed October-March.

    Admission: Adults 3 €, Concessions 2 €. Park admission is free.

  • Spessart
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    Spessart

    The Spessart is a low mountain range in northwestern Bavaria and southern Hesse, Germany. It is bordered on three sides by the Main River.[citation needed] The two most important towns located at the foot of the Spessart are Aschaffenburg and Würzburg.

    Although the Spessart forms a roughly circular mountain range, its main ridge extends from the southwest to the northeast. It is continued by the Odenwald in the southwest and by the Rhön in the northeast.

    Its highest peak is the Geiersberg (586 m or 1,923 ft.), peaking more than 400 m (1,300 ft.) above the Main valley. Apart from the edges, the region is sparsely populated. Two nature parks called Bavarian Spessart and Hessian Spessart occupy large portions of the hills.

    The forests of the Spessart are known for the quality of their wood. The brown Spessart oak, in particular, is renowned for its tight, straight grain and is used for fine furniture, millwork and flooring.



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Aschaffenburg Overview

Aschaffenburg is a large town in northwest Bavaria, Germany. The town of Aschaffenburg is not considered part of the district of Aschaffenburg, but is the administrative seat. Aschaffenburg is known as the Tor zum Spessart or gate to the Spessart. It is also called the Bayerische Nizza or Bavarian Nice due to its relatively mild climate for a Bavarian city and Mediterranean gardens overlooking the Main.

Although it is within Bavaria, the town's inhabitants claim to be Franconians, not Bavarians. This is consistent with the attitude of the inhabitants of other parts of Franconia, all of which lies within the state of Bavaria. However, Aschaffenburg was never part of historical Franconia, as it belonged to the Archbishopric of Mainz (Mainz vacation rentals | Mainz travel guide). The inhabitants speak neither Bavarian nor Franconian but rather Central Hessian. The town is located on both sides of the River Main in the southwest part of Germany, 41 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) am Main. The region is called Bayerischer Untermain or Bavarian Lower Main. Aschaffenburg's coordinates are 49° 58' 26" North, 9° 8' 57" East.

Things to See in Aschaffenburg

Aschaffenburg's chief buildings are the Schloss Johannisburg, built 1605–1614 by Archbishop Schweikard von Kronberg, which contains a library with a number of incunabula, a collection of engravings and paintings

Pompejanum, a replica of a Roman town house discovered in Pompeii commissioned by King Ludwig I. and opened in 1850

Stiftskirche basilica, founded in 974 by Otto of Swabia, duke of Bavaria, but dating in the main from the early 12th century on, in which are preserved various monuments by the Vischers, a sarcophagus with the relics of Saint Margaret, and a famous painting by Matthias Grünewald

Capuchin hospital

Stadtheatre, which was formerly a house of the Teutonic Order

Beautiful, historical Altstadt (the oldest section of Aschaffenburg).

The graves of Clemens Brentano and his brother Christian Brentano (died 1851) and that of Wilhelm Heinse are on the Altstadtfriedhof.

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More about the History of Aschaffenburg

The earliest remains of settlements in the area of Aschaffenburg date from the Stone Age. Aschaffenburg was originally a settlement of the Alamanni. Roman legions were stationed here, and on the ruins of their castra the Frankish mayors of the palace built a castle. In the Middle Ages the town was known as Ascaffaburc, Ascapha or Ascaphaburg. Saint Boniface erected a chapel to Saint Martin and founded a Benedictine monastery here. A stone bridge over the Main was built by Archbishop Willigis in 989. Adalbert increased the importance the town in various ways about 1122. In 1292 a synod was held here, and in 1474 an imperial diet, preliminary to that of Vienna, approved a concordat

According to an online 2002 survey in Stern (magazine),[Stern 14/2002], 82 percent of residents living in the Bayerischer Untermain region where Aschaffenburg is located were satisfied with the place where they lived. This was the highest level recorded in the survey making this region the #1 place to live in Germany, based on several factors including employment opportunities in the region, educational facilities, public services, transportation, recreational options, shopping, cultural facilities/events, climate, etc.

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Aschaffenburg is a large town in northwest Bavaria, Germany. The town of Aschaffenburg is not considered part of the district of Aschaffenburg, but is the administrative seat. Aschaffenburg is known as the Tor zum Spessart or "gate to the Spessart". It is also called the Bayerische Nizza or "Bavarian Nice" due to its relatively mild climate for a Bavarian city and Mediterranean gardens overlooking the Main.

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