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    Ehrenbürg

    The Ehrenbürg is a double-peaked butte on the edge of the Franconian Jura in Bavaria, Germany. It is in the district of Forchheim in Upper Franconia, in the municipalities of Kirchehrenbach, Leutenbach and Wiesenthau. The north peak is the 513.9 m Walberla, the south peak the 531.7 m Rodenstein (previously known as the Bodenstein). The entire mountain is popularly known as the Walberla.

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    Kellerwald

    The Kellerwald is a low mountain range reaching heights of up to 675 m in the western part of northern Hesse, Germany.

    Its assets include Germany's largest contiguous beech woodland and it contains Hesse's only national park, the Kellerwald-Edersee National Park.



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Forchheim Overview

Forchheim is a large town in Upper Franconia (German: Oberfranken) in northern Bavaria, and also the seat of the administrative district of Forchheim. Forchheim is a former royal city, and is sometimes called the Gateway to the Franconian Switzerland, as the region is known. Its population, as of October 2008, was 30,806, and its land area is 44.95 km². Its position is 49° 44' N, 11° 04' E, and its elevation is 265 m above sea level.

In 2005, Forchheim celebrated its 1,200th anniversary of first documentary mention, on the occasion of which the Deutsche Post (German Post) issued special commemorative stamps worth 45 cents. In 2004, the city played host to the Bavarian provincial Exhibition. There were about 199,100 visitors.

Things to See in Forchheim

Rathaus (City Hall), 14th–16th centuries with décor by Hans Ruhalm, 1523

Kaiserpfalz, prince-bishop’s palace, 14th century.

Martinskirche (church), 12th–15th centuries.

Marienkapelle (chapel), 12th century.

Kammerersmühle (a quaintly leaning old mill, now used as a wine bar), 17th century

Klosterkirche and Kloster (monastery church, and monastery) 17th century.

Stadtpark (Citypark), surrounded by the old city wall, big grassed area.

Carnival festival and Carnival parade

Schönster Adventskalender der Welt (“World’s loveliest Advent calendar”)

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More about the History of Forchheim

In 805, the town was mentioned in the Diedenhofener Kapitular, a capitulary (royal order) from Charlemagne forbidding the two towns that it named – Magdeburg (Magdeburg vacation rentals | Magdeburg travel guide) was the other – to trade weapons with the Slavs, issued at Diedenhofen (now Thionville, France). This is the first documentary evidence of the town’s existence.

Owing to Forchheim’s fortifications, it got through the Thirty Years' War without being overrun even once. The Prince-Bishop of Bamberg (Bamberg vacation rentals | Bamberg travel guide) fled the Swedes in this war, seeking shelter for himself, and also for his cathedral treasure, in the strongly defended fortress town of Forchheim. The Swedes laid siege to the town several times from 1632 to 1634. It was also in this era of Forchheim’s history that some of the townsfolk earned the rather unflattering nickname Mauerscheißer (“wall shitters”). This came from their practice of defecating over the city walls during the siege, to demonstrate to the Swedes that there was still enough to eat in the city, and that their siege was ineffective and pointless.

In 1889, Forchheim became a kreisfreie Stadt, conferring on it certain enhanced local powers. It lost this status in 1972 under Bavarian regional government reform, and was united with Landkreis Forchheim, the local district. The local lore has it that Forchheim was Pontius Pilate’s birthplace.

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Forchheim is a large town in Upper Franconia (German: Oberfranken) in northern Bavaria, and also the seat of the administrative district of Forchheim. Forchheim is a former royal city, and is sometimes called the "Gateway to the Franconian Switzerland", as the region is known. Its population, as of October 2008, was 30,806, and its land area is 44.95 km². Its position is 49° 44' N, 11° 04' E, and its elevation is 265 m above sea level.

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