Germany Trip Plan:
Medieval events at Ronneburg Castle and biking Volcano Vogelsberg Mountains

Germany trip plan: Medieval events at Ronneburg Castle and biking Volcano Vogelsberg Mountains
Buedingen castle, CC-Sven Teschke
[ source: Wikipedia]

On the eastern edge of the Wetterau region, in the state of Hesse lies Büdingen, the town with a proud history and medieval flair. Enjoy nature at the volcanic Vogelsberg Mountains, discover eventful castles and spend a day in Bad Orb. The newest addition in town is the Toskana Therme; perfect for an entertaining family day.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 7 days
Recommended Destination Airport: Frankfurt Airport

Trip Plan Details:

On the eastern edge of the Wetterau region, in the state of Hesse lies Büdingen, the town with a proud history and medieval flair. Enjoy nature at the volcanic Vogelsberg Mountains, discover eventful castles and spend a day in Bad Orb. The newest addition in town is the Toskana Therme; perfect for an entertaining family day.

The town of Büdingen owes its well preserved medieval flair simply to the fact that in the fifties and sixties of the past century there wasn't enough money to modernize the townscape as some had wished for. Of course today's citizen are very happy and once again proud of their cultural inheritance, making the old town center of Büdingen considered to be one of the best preserved medieval townscapes in all of Europe. The location of the town and castle is a rather swampy valley, so all of its buildings foundations rest on centuries-old oak planks, which have to remain in the ground and water in order to keep them preserved. Interesting thought, isn't it?

Blessed by beautiful surrounding nature - Büdingen is situated on the foothills of the Vogelsberg Mountains - this town has all it takes to be a popular holiday destination. Hiking, biking and Nordic walking are very popular leisure activities and famous spa towns in the vicinity offer a number of highly regarded curing facilities. More and more international guests arrive at the nearby Frankfurt International Airport and prefer to stay a bit outside of the hustle and bustle of Metropolitan Frankfurt, confirming the unique charm of Büdingen.

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $217 for 2 persons / 7 days
Admissions: starting at $250 for 2 persons / 7 days
Car Rental: starting at $420 / 7 days
Gas: starting at $250 / 7 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $1137 / 7 days
 4 persons, starting at $1404 / 7 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

Day 1: Arrival
View on the historic town center, GNU-Sven Teschke
[ source: Wikipedia]

Once you've landed at Frankfurt International Airport your journey to your perfect holiday destination is nearly over. Pick up your rental car at the airport or use the excellent public transport system for a short drive to Büdingen, where your friendly host will show your fully fitted vacation apartment, answer questions you might have and give you some tips regarding shopping and point out some nice local restaurants.


Day 2: Medieval Büdingen and its romantic castle

Day 2: Medieval Büdingen and its romantic castle
Jerusalemer Tor, GNU-Hagrid
[ source: Wikipedia]

Bakeries usually open as early as 6 o' clock in German towns, so enjoy your breakfast with fresh bread and rolls before taking a step back in time, discovering the old heart of town. Constantly grown over many centuries , you will see everywhere you walk many different, harmoniously integrated architectural styles, representing the Zeitgeist of many periods. Around the late Middle Ages a stronghold was added, containing the still well preserved half timbered houses, stone houses, churches and of cause the citizens. The fortifications are walkable, giving you a new and interesting perspective. 22 towers still exist today, among them the most remarkable Jerusalem twin-gate.

While you are on a historical walk through time take a tour to the romantic Büdingen castle, admire the Romanic and Gothic buildings and don't miss the rediscovered Gothic chapel frescoes. Stroll through the beautiful castle garden before heading back to the town center and its cozy, inviting atmosphere.


Day 3: Biking along the Volcano Vogelsberg Mountains

Day 3: Biking along the Volcano Vogelsberg Mountains
Vulkan-Velo
[ source: www.vulkanradweg.de]

In Büdingen you can rent a bike for the whole family, which is a good way to discover the great outdoors. Open plains, gentle hills and bizarre basalt knolls await you in the center of the High Vogelsberg Country Park. The Volcano Cycle Trail in the Vogelsberg Mountains stretches for over 58 miles, winding along the old Oberwaldbahn railway line, through the woods and meadows of Central Europe's largest extinct shield volcano. The entire trail is also suitable for inline skaters, who will find the Volcano Route a real challenge.

The whole region also offers a wide network of well marked routes of different length suitable for beginners as well as for experienced biker. There are local train services and the so called Vulkan-Express buses, which will transport you and your bike to certain points along the routes. In Schotten - Hoherodskopf you can rent a very special kind of bike, called Vulkan-Velo. This 7-person bicycle with a 360-degree panorama view is a great fun for a family or a group of friends with different strength and fitness levels. The pilot keeps track, he directs and breaks, while the others just pedal and enjoy the passing scenery.


Day 4: Romantic Ronneburg castle

Day 4: Romantic Ronneburg castle
Ronneburg castle, GNU-Sven Teschke
[ source: Wikipedia]

This impressive castle was built on a steep basalt spur around the year 1258. Its aim was to protect the important trade routes that ran throughout the Wetterau region. With its original buildings, dating back to the 16th century, it ranks high amongst the most important castles in the state of Hesse. The castle has a 315 ft deep well with an old treadmill, still bringing the water to the surface. The donjon, with its so called Welschen Haube is a landmark in the region and around the historic castle kitchen; the fire is burning on the open hearth, during times the Castle Museum is open to visitors. The museum includes the entire center of the castle, where in many areas you can still see the paintings from the 16th century. Since the year 2000, the castle is maintained by the Friends of the Ronneburg eV, which operates the Castle Museum, takes charge of the necessary renovations and repairs, and organizes many annual, highly regarded cultural events.


Day 5: Historic Easter Market

Day 5: Historic Easter Market
Medieval Ronneburg festivities, GNU- Marco M. Schaeck
[ source: Wikipedia]

As every year the event season at Ronneburg castle starts with the big Historic Easter Market; in 2010 held on the last 2 weekends in March. Once again a lot of historical and ancient merchant guilds of artisans which are nearly extinct, will show their old world craftsmanship. Some guilds and their displayed handicrafts come from the Eastern Lausitz and the Bohemian Forest. You can watch gold- and silversmiths, basket makers, saddlers, potters, spinners, clothier, candy makers, button makers, spoon carving, tanners, glass blowers, shoemakers and many others. The market is historically framed by people in historical clothing and men in armor. Medieval music groups, knights, jugglers, magicians, the medico, the participatory theater, and other actors entertain the guests. The children can paint giant eggs and enjoy live Easter bunnies and lambs, children's carousel rides or a ride on the donkey. Of course there a many regional flavors that you will be able to taste, prepared in a traditional style too.


Day 6: Bad Orb & Toskana Therme in the Spessart Natural Reserve

Day 6: Bad Orb & Toskana Therme in the Spessart Natural Reserve
Smallest house in Hesse, GNU-Ulrich Stelzner
[ source: Wikipedia]

Cozy cafes, shops and restaurants for gourmets, partly housed in lovingly restored timber-framed houses, offer a special ambiance for shopping and enjoying Bad Orb. You can explore the old town and its many historic buildings on your own or join a guided tour under the motto 950 years in 95 minutes. The tour will take you to the past with its many historic buildings. In Kirchgasse you will find the smallest house, which is at its narrowest point only 1.58 meters and therefore the smallest half-timbered house in the state of Hesse.

The watchman is on the move and he will be happy to take you along on its evening walk through town. Those guided tours regularly end in the local Prison Tower - not to worry though, the watchman will only show you how prisoners must have felt centuries ago. During summer season the little train Emma is prepared to take you every Sunday on a leisurely ride through the beautiful Au-Valley. If you prefer, the large spa gardens of Bad Orb offers many opportunities to relax, enjoy nature and listen to music. Here you also find the largest remaining graduation construction in Hesse.

The newest addition in Bad Orb is the Toskana Therme, starting operation in May 2010. On 600 square meters you'll find spa bath, massage jets and lots of bubbling water. All pools are filled with Bad Orber Sole. The brine, between 32 and 35 degrees warm, serves not only to relax, but especially helps in case of rheumatism and joint problems. A special highlight is bathing in light and music - branded as Liquid Sound. Meditative melodies can be heard from the speakers and produce its specific effect on the swimmers especially under water, further enhanced by enchanting underwater lights.


Day 7: Departure

Day 7: Departure
Muehltor bridge Buedingen, GNU-Hagrid
[ source: Wikipedia]

A fun filled week comes to a close and it's time for you to pack your bags and say good-bye to new found friends and charming Büdingen. We are sure you had a great time and liked our local recommendations. For now we wish you a safe trip back home!


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