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Büdingen Overview

Büdingen is a town on the eastern edge of the Wetterau region, in the state of Hesse. It is known for its largely still intact medieval stronghold and its beautiful preserved timber-framed houses.

The town Büdingen and its originally moated castle are located at the foothills of the Vogelsberg Mountains at an altitude of approx. 525 ft. The city of Gelnhausen (Gelnhausen vacation rentals | Gelnhausen travel guide) lies about 9 miles in the northwest and Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) am Main with its International Airport is only some 25 miles away in the east. Historically, the city belongs to Upper-Hesse. Büdingen is situated in a wet and sometimes swampy valley. Both, the castle and the old town, were built on centuries-old oak planks, set up on beech props. Therefore the water level has to be kept relatively high so that no air can reach these foundations. Although Büdingen lies since immemorial times on important trade routes and is since 1870 connected to a branch line of the railway, its residents never easily found their livelihood. For long time agriculture was the base - including some wines. The former accumulator manufacturer Sonnenschein, now part of an American company, is the largest employer in Büdingen, but many workers commute daily into the Rhine-Main region.

Things to See in Büdingen

Well-preserved medieval fortifications of the city: Large parts of the city walls, the towers and gates are partially preserved and accessible

Untertor (also known as Jerusalem Gate)

Büdinger Schloss

Schlossmuseum Büdingen

Modellbaumuseum in Oberhof

Erstürmung der Stadt

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Why stay in Büdingen?

Anyone who enters Büdingen embarks on a journey through time. Since the town has survived almost unharmed all the chaos of its long past, it provides the closed site of a rare good fortune - an organically, over the centuries grown townscape. That's why the large historical center of Büdigen is considered to be one of the best preserved medieval townscapes in all of Europe. Be it the historical architectural jewels of the great, late-Gothic town hall or the representative half-timbered- and stone-houses from various centuries. At its historical peak around the late Middle Ages, a powerful ring of fortifications and towers, protected the town from possible invaders. The well over 1.2 miles long, still walkable bastion with its 22 towers is still considered one of the best examples of a fortress since the invention of firearms. At the same time it is the testimony of a transformed self-consciousness, of a fighting spirit combined with art skills as impressively displayed at the richly decorated Jerusalem twin-gate.

On the outskirts of the picturesque Old Town Büdingen, the castle was built at the time of the Hohenstaufen Emperor Frederick Barbarossa as a moated castle and has been inhabited since 1258 by the family of the princes of Ysenburg and Büdingen. The many testimonies of the past - be it the rediscovery of the Gothic chapel frescoes with its unique medieval choir stalls, or the many exhibits which can be seen in their museum. You can also visit the rooms of the old Romanic style palace, the rooms of the Gothic-hall known as Count Dieter's room and the former kitchen space, now described as an alchemist place. Until 1739 a pharmacist worked here for the royal household and mixed his healing essences over a fireplace constructed in the year 1552.

The castle's large park, the rose-garden and other public parks offer plenty of space for numerous leisure activities, and a wide network of trails make Büdingen a perfect starting point for hiking and biking, for example in the Vogelsberg Mountains. Throughout the year Büdingen hosts many festivals and events such as the Gardeners Market, Children's celebration & Frog Parade, the Old Town- and Medieval Festival, the Düdelsheimer- and Christmas Market, and a European Heritage day- just to name some of them. Famous spa towns are in easy reach and for a more urban kind of fun, Frankfurt (Frankfurt vacation rentals | Frankfurt travel guide) is just some miles away.

More about the History of Büdingen

Around 700 the wooden church of Saint Remigius was built by an unknown lord. At 847 a Büdingen was named in a document for the first time, but it is not clear which Büdingen was meant, because there are some other smaller towns with the same name in Germany and Lorraine. An additional level was added to St. Remigius's church in about 1050 and the building has basically remained unchanged since then.

In 1822, administration and justice were split in the Grand-Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt. Büdingen became seat of the Büdingen counties lawcourt, which was followed in 1852 by the installation of the district of Büdingen. In 1839, the laborers' school (later called the trade school) was founded. The Mathildenhospital was built between 1867 and 1868. In 1879, a credit union (today the People's Bank), was founded. Büdingen has been a garrison town since 1936; American troops were stationed there since 1945. The last American troops (1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment) departed Büdingen on August 15, 2007, ending 71 years of town history as a military garrison.

[ source: wikipedia ]

Büdingen is a town on the eastern edge of the Wetterau region, in the state of Hesse. It is known for its largely intact medieval stronghold and its beautiful preserved timber-framed houses. The town of Büdingen and its originally moated castle are located at the foothills of the Vogelsberg Mountains. Both the castle and the old town were built on centuries-old oak planks, set up on beech props. Therefore the water level has to be kept relatively high so that no air can reach these foundations. The former accumulator manufacturer Sonnenschein, now part of an American company, is the largest employer in Büdingen, but many workers commute daily into the Rhine-Main region.

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