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Frankenberg an der Eder is a town in Waldeck-Frankenberg district in Hesse, Germany. The mountain at a ford over the Eder north of the Burgwald range was for a long time a fortified place, playing an especially important rôle under the Franks in the Saxon Wars. The current town was built in 1233-1234 by the Thuringian Landgrave and quickly earned economic importance for its location at the junction of two trade routes.

Frankenberg lies between the Burgwald range in the south and the Breite Struth (hills) in the northwest, where the river Nemphe empties into the Eder. North of the town, the Nuhne empties into the same river at the constituent community of Schreufa. It is 27 km north of Marburg (Marburg vacation rentals | Marburg travel guide).

In a fire on 9 May, 1476, about which the Frankenberg chronicler Wigand Gerstenberg compiled a detailed description, the town was almost utterly destroyed. Built anew in the 16th century, the town never did recover its former importance.

The downtown core consists of the renovated Old Town and the likewise renovated New Town with many half-timbered houses.

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Buildings

Liebfrauenkirche
(1286 to 1380), a Gothic building in the style of Marburg's Elisabethkirche), which was utterly burnt out in the Great Fire of 1476.
Former hospital church
Built 1513-15. This church has one nave and a wooden vault from 1865. Inside is a pulpit from the 17th century.
Former St. Georgenberg Monastery
(several building phases from 1249 to the 17th century) Today the former Cistercian Monastery houses, among other things, the district local history museum.
The 10-towered town hall (1509)
Between the Upper and Lower Markets. The first town hall was torn down in 1421 to make way for the forerunner to today's town hall. This second town hall already had ten towers representing the ten guilds in the town. The current building is a reconstruction of that second town hall, which burnt down in the Great Fire of 1476.
Steinhaus (Stone House)
Pferdemarkt 20. Built about 1240, it is likely the town's oldest secular building, having come out of the Great Fire of 1476 unscathed. During renovation work (1975-77), the inside was thoroughly gutted and the Gothic stepped gable was rebuilt according to comparable models elsewhere. Inside, the remains of a great kitchen hearth have been preserved.
Residential buildings
Thanks to renovations since the 1970s, hardly any closed streetscapes have been kept. Especially fine is the group of buildings at Pferdemarkt 10-16. Parts of them, however, were drastically renovated between 1979 and 1986. Individually, several others are worth mentioning:
  • Geismarer Straße 3 — Half-timbered building from the 16th century with mediaeval stonework.
  • Neue Gasse 5 — Half-timbered building from about 1500, restored 1978-1979.
  • Neustädter Straße 35 — Three-storey house with gable facing the street from 17th century with corner oriel, restored 1977. The basement has been destroyed by storage fixtures.
  • Steingasse 1 (Herboldsches Haus) — Three-storey building with corner oriel. The eaves on the right side is fouled considerably by newer building work.
  • Steingasse 17 — One of the town's oldest half-timbered buildings. Restored 1983.
  • Ritterstraße 6-8 — built about 1520.
Altes Brauhaus (Old Brewhouse)
Massive two-storey house with eaves facing the street with pointed-arch driveway, supposedly built in 1538. The building has since been torn down behind its façade and has been incorporated into the hotel complex next door.
Former Girls' School
Two-storey half-timbered building from 1769 with half-hipped roof.
Hexenturm (Witches' Tower)
from the 13th century with its 3 m-thick walls.
Remains of the Franks' defensive works from about 520.
 

Museums

  • Dampfmaschinenmuseum (Steam Engine Museum), with the biggest steam engine of its kind in Germany, with artistic and theatrical performances.
  • Haus am Geismarer Tor (House at the Geismar Gate), changing exhibitions of Kunsttreff Frankenberg.
  • Thonet-Museum, an internationally noteworthy furniture museum with the world-famous Thonet coffee house chairs.
  • Kreisheimatmuseum (district local history museum) in the St. Georgenberg Monastery.

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More about the History of Frankenberg an der Eder

There might have been storage and trading places for travellers and merchants who were passing through town. Only in the early decades of the 13th century does history once again shed light on "the Frankenberg". The Thuringian-Hessian Landgraves were trying to forge a connection between their holdings in Upper Hesse and those in Lower Hesse by somehow getting around the County of Ziegenhain that lay between them.

With the stream of refugees after the Second World War, Frankenberg's population rose sharply by two thousand, requiring that the town's building area be expanded. The greatest influence on Frankenberg's development came from the town renovation plans, initiated by town council's decision on 10 August 1967, for the Old Town and New Town centres (16 ha and 8 ha respectively). Remodelling the Old Town and New Town by building parking garages and pedestrian precincts changed the shape of the town core, but not always to its advantage. One hundred half-timbered buildings were torn down as part of this renovation and were replaced by new buildings that were not always agreeable. The remodelling did, however, contribute to improving the town's economic situation considerably. Frankenberg has become a shopping town, inviting people to take a walk and visit the Old Town and New Town.

Frankenberg an der Eder is a town in Waldeck-Frankenberg district in Hesse, Germany. The mountain at a ford over the Eder north of the Burgwald range was for a long time a fortified place, playing an especially important role under the Franks in the Saxon Wars. The current town was built in 1233-1234 by the Thuringian Landgrave and quickly earned economic importance for its location at the junction of two trade routes.

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