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Michelstadt Overview

Michelstadt borders in the north on the municipality of Brombachtal, the town of Bad König and the municipality of Lützelbach, in the east on the town of Klingenberg, the market municipalities of Laudenbach and Kleinheubach, the town of Miltenberg (Miltenberg vacation rentals | Miltenberg travel guide), the market municipality of Weilbach, the town of Amorbach (Amorbach vacation rentals | Amorbach travel guide) and the market municipality of Kirchzell (all seven in Miltenberg district in Bavaria), in the south on the town of Erbach, and in the west on the municipalities of Mossautal and Reichelsheim.

Things to See in Michelstadt

Michelstädter Theatersommer, yearly open-air plays in the historic Kellereihof

Theaterkarren e.V. Odenwald, since 1998 regular events with changing groups and producers

Odenwald- und Spielzeug-Museum

Museumsmühle Michelstadt - historic mill from 1420

Landesrabbiner Dr. l. E. Lichtigfeld-Museum

Privates Elfenbeinmuseum Ulrich Seidenberg


Michelstadt has a picturesque Old Town with many timber-frame houses. Particularly worthy of mention are the following buildings, some within the old town, others in the outlying woods: The Historic Town Hall, the Diebsturm (“Thief’s Tower”) at the town wall, the Kellereihof (a Frankish, early mediaeval castle complex refurbished in an early Renaissance style) in the Michelstadt town wall ring, the Late Gothic town church (late 13th century), the Einhards-Basilika, the palace of the Counts at Erbach-Fürstenau (Schloss Fürstenau, within which are parts of an old moated castle in Michelstadt-Steinbach), the Eulbach hunting palace with an “English” park, the Roman bath and castra as part of the Neckar-Odenwald-Limes.

The Kellereihof is an early mediaeval castle complex refurbished in early Renaissance style that is integrated into the Michelstadt town wall. This castle itself was a redevelopment of a Roman settlement and trading place at the crossroads of two Roman roads for supplying the castra on the Limes through the Odenwald and along the Main.

The Einhards-Basilika was built by Einhard, Charlemagne’s chronicler and confidant. The Carolingian church built between 824 and 827 is one of the very few Carolingian buildings that have largely survived.

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More about the History of Michelstadt

Michelstadt had its first documentary mention in 741 from Mayor of the Palace Carloman, Charlemagne’s uncle. Michelstadt is one of the oldest settlements in the inner Odenwald. Its castle grew out of a Frankish baronial estate. This was built into a refuge for the local inhabitants. As a royal estate, Prince Carloman donated it in 741 to Saint Boniface’s pupil Burchard, the first Bishop of Würzburg (Würzburg vacation rentals | Würzburg travel guide). This donation was surely meant for Bishop Burchard personally, for the Michelnstat area passed back to the Frankish Crown upon Burchard’s death in 791.

In the 17th century, the first houses outside the town wall were built. In 1773, a new town gate was built, called the Neutor (“New Gate”). In the 19th century, the gate towers were all torn down one after the other. In 1806, Michelstadt, along with the County of Erbach, passed to the Grand Duchy of Hesse.

The building of the railway line and its completion through to Darmstadt (Darmstadt vacation rentals | Darmstadt travel guide) in 1870 and then Eberbach in 1881 brought Michelstadt a sharp economic upswing. Out of what was once a little town of gentlemen farmers with all its craftsmen and tradesmen grew a sizeable community with important industrial operations on the foundation of the centuries-old ironworking. A new economic era began. From the clothweavers’ and dyers’ guild grew a cloth factory; from foundries grew machine factories. Ivory carving was a starting point for businesses in the souvenir industry and plastics processing. In 2007, a decision to merge the town with the neighbouring town of Erbach was thwarted by a civic vote.

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Michelstadt in the Odenwald is a town in the Odenwaldkreis (district) in southern Hesse, Germany between Darmstadt and Heidelberg. Michelstadt is the biggest town in the Odenwaldkreis and borders on the district seat of Erbach.

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