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"I have clients that live in New Braunfels Texas that want to visit Braunfels in May. How is the best way to be there from Frankfurt? Also, can they hire someone to give them a private tour or can they do that on their own? Please let me know. Thank you, Nancy Cromer" (posted 01/18/2016)

Best rent a car at the airport. One can then go over the motorway and is under an hour in Braunfels. In the town of Braunfels, you can ask for a tour guide. This can be done on site or by phone at the best of the city. Also Castle tours are offered. These can be booked directly at the castle.
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"I am planning to visit Frankfurt next October, but I don´t find any company that offers guided trips to Braunfels Castle, " (posted 08/20/2016)

Try it once at the Touristikbüro Braunfels. On the webside you can find information about it. Greetings Sabine Redlich-Huber
Answer provided by Sabine Redlich-Huber on 08/21/2016
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  • Braunfels Castle
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    Braunfels Castle

    This 800-year old castle is a living heritage site, full of special treasures and still inhabited by the family owners. The last makeover, which defines the castle as it is seen today, took place starting in 1880, and was undertaken according to neo-Gothic plans by building master Edwin Oppler. Many works of art are to be found in the castle. Besides works by the Dutch Masters, among them van Eyck, are works by the Hessian Tischbein family of painters, the historically important Altenberg Altar, parts of which are found in the Städel in Frankfurt and the Bavarian National Museum in Munich, and Saint Elizabeth's legendary ring. Places worth visiting include the courtyard, the knights' hall, the guest rooms and painting gallery, the sacral exhibition pieces from the Altenberg Monastery, the hunting paintings by Johannes Deiker, and the cannon square. Other areas to visit are the Princely Family Museum and the castle church with displays about the church's building history.

    Hours: April 1- October 31: daily tours on the hour from 11am. November 1 -March 31 on weekends and public holidays from 11am, flexible on weekdays by appointment. Family Museum: April - October: 8am - 9pm, November - March: 9am - 5pm.

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Braunfels Overview

Even just a simple walk past Braunfels' market place and into the outer rings of the castle walls will amaze you since it takes you back to medieval times.

Braunfels is probably most famous for its 13th century castle but also for its climatic location about 100 m above the Lahn Valley. The city is about 9 km (5 miles) from Wetzlar (Wetzlar vacation rentals | Wetzlar travel guide) located. A visit to Castle Braunfels is a must if you are in this picturesque town. Built on a basalt rock, the castle offers a great tour that shows you most of the castles rooms, such as the knight's hall, courtyard, guest rooms, art gallery and more. The castle has been family owned for 800 years and the owners still live in parts of the castle today. Even just a simple walk past the market place and into the outer rings of the castle walls will amaze you since it takes you back to medieval times.

The market place is the perfect spot for vacationers and locals. On hot days, people spend their time in the near by ice cafeTomaselli. They serve the best Italian ice cream in the area and the business is first generation family owned. We visit this place every time we are in Braunfels!

Besides ice cream there are also many great restaurants in the area. We loved Geranios which is an upscale Italian restaurant on the market place

Schloss Braunfels also has a beautiful garden that invites for a walk in the park like setting - the Kurgarten.

Shopping in the stores that lead up to the market place is fun as well. You can find all kinds of high quality items in these stores.

More about the History of Braunfels

Braunfels was historically first mentioned in 1246. The castle, which had been built by the Counts of Nassau (Nassau vacation rentals | Nassau travel guide), served as a home to the Solms-Braunfels noble family. It later became the seat of the Counts of Solms (Solms vacation rentals | Solms travel guide). In the 750 years the castle is standing, many times work has been done. In 1679 a town and castle fire destroyed most of the city and its stately seat. Schloss Braunfels and the town were rebuilt from the left over materials from the fire, and the market place that is still an attraction today, was added at the same time. The castle was rebuilt to be a Baroque residence. The last makeover, which defines the Schloss as it is seen today, was done in 1880 in a neo-Gothic style by Edwin Oppler. The castle is home to many art works by dutch masters such as van Eyck and the hessian Tischbein family of painters.

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Even just a simple walk past Braunfels' market place and into the outer rings of the castle walls will amaze you since it takes you back to medieval times.

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