Braunfels - one of Germany's best kept secrets

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Entrance to the castle and marketplace
Entrance to the castle and marketplace

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Braunfels (Braunfels vacation rentals | Braunfels travel guide)

Located on what is considered to be "one of the nicest rivers in Germany", the Lahn River, the town of Braunfels is one of Germany's best kept secrets. Because this town is so beautifully situated on the northern edge of the Hochtaunus Nature Park in a densely wooded area it allows its residents and visitors fresh air 24/7. There are no train lines or airports leading to this place, so driving, walking, cycling or bus is the only way in. Here we are in the Lahn-Dill-Kreis, Hesse, region on the west side of Germany. Because of its natural settings a certain way of life is nurtured here, mindful of health and restoration. Braunfels was granted the title of "luftkurot" which translates to health resort. But you won't find high prices or pretention here.

In addition to the loveliness of its locale there is a lot of local history here. The fairytale-like Braunfels castle is perched above the town on top of an old Basalt rock and is over 750 years old. The castle was, and still is, inhabited by the counts and princes of Solms-Braunfels, which makes it a unique trip since it is perfectly preserved and still maintained. The old town surrounded by a wall is called the "Castellum Brauninvels" and is a scenic spot to bring a picnic lunch since it is surrounded by dense woods and awards its visitors with a beautiful view of the surrounding area. The town allows people to have weddings, birthdays and other special events at the castle and can be inquired about at the town hall or through email.

Mindful of health and organic living, Braunfels is ideally situated for long forest walks and hikes, as well as canoe or kayak trips down the river Lahn. A network of manicured trails weave in and out of the dense forest and walking and cycling is encouraged. One can walk 3km and end up at the Castle of Philippstein. Built in 1390 by Philippe I from Nassau-Weilburg. There are also guided "herb walks" where one can learn about herbalism which has been practiced here for hundreds of years.

Braunfels is a highlight on the "timber-frame road" or in German, Deutsche Fachwerkstraße. The houses in the town are hundreds of years old and impressive in their own right of still being maintained and lived in all these years. One can take a guided town tour which is packed with history and about 60 minutes long. Take the city tour then head over to the spa for relaxing hydrotherapy, an integral part to "Kneipp's Cure", a practical therapy deeply engrained in the culture and way of life here.

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Cynthia Kozak

This travel guide has been written by Cynthia Kozak.

Cynthia Kozak is a freelance writer, editor and transcriptionist currently living abroad in her Vario truck. Boundlessly curious, she is an avid traveler always looking forward to the next destination.

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Location, Map, and Driving Directions

Location: Belzgasse 1, 35619 Braunfels, Germany

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Additional travel info

There are no train stations or airports here. The only way in is to drive or take the bus. Directions can be found "here".

Opening Hours

Opening hours and admissions fees for the castle can be found "here".

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