The picturesque town of Miltenberg in Bavaria, Germany
Medieval half-timbered houses as far as the eye can see
Marketplatz (Schnatterloch in Miltenberg)
Even the overcast day couldn’t put a dampener on the charm of Miltenberg. Colourful window boxes overflowing above you and I’d lost count at how many half-timbered buildings were standing proudly shoulder to shoulder.
Miltenberg was such a delight to your eyes, with so many beautifully preserved buildings, one after the other.
Miltenberg is nestled along the banks of the River Main and has a lovely scenic backdrop of mountainous woodland. With its unique location, this means it stretches narrowly along the riverside.
Miltenberg on the banks of the River Main
I was actually quite surprised at how wide the River Main was.
Although today it has a modern bridge stretching across it, it’s the attractive restored Zwillingstor that catches your eye.
It stands proud at the edge of the town and creates a truly historic feel.
Zwillingstor on the edge of the River Main
A reference guide
I love nothing more than planning a trip and so often I use the DK Eyewitness books. I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.
We used a previous version of this book to plan our Germany road trips, now you can grab the revised copy.
As we stroll into the heart of this quaint Bavarian town, it gets prettier and prettier. The main street that runs through Miltenberg is Hauptstrasse. It’s along here that there are so many stunning examples of half-timbered buildings.
Hauptstrasse through Miltenberg
The beautiful colourful architecture that stretches all the way is quite astonishing. There are around 150 half-timbered building being lovingly preserved in Miltenberg.
Hit the road
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Miltenberg to Frankfurt is only around 50 miles (75km).
One of the main lures along Hauptstrasse in the old town and believe me there are so many, is Marketplatz (Schnatterloch), the Market Square.
The fountain in Alter Marktplatz (Schnatterloch)
Schmuckkästchen Hotel & Café
This lovely attractive square is incredible, the centrepiece is the renaissance Marktbrunnen fountain. Which is then surrounded in a triangle by so many well-preserved half-timbered dwellings. Many of these buildings along Hauptstrasse date from 16th to the 18th centuries.
It’s all in the detail
Miltenberg is such a pleasant place to stroll around. We continually keep looking up and pointing things out to each other, as the mixture of different styles of architecture is beautiful. The doorways and shopfronts are just full of character.
Art Nouveau shopfront
An attractive Art Nouveau doorway
Alluring Bavarian doorways
Centuries of history
Wandering further through the town, there are plenty of local restaurants and cafés to tempt you in. One after the other teasing you with delightful aromas and tasty pastries.
Tempting Cafés along Hauptstrasse
One building that will undoubtedly catch your eye is Zum Riesen.
This is one of Germany’s oldest inns and dates from 1411.
The half-timbered Renaissance style that has been lovingly restored today dates from 1590 and was designed by the architect Jacob Stoer.
Zum Riesen, one of Germany’s oldest inns
Stroll east along Hauptstrasse
The Altes Rathaus, just nearby Zum Riesen, dates from 1379 and is built from sandstone, which is stone frequently used in Miltenberg.
Today the Altes Rathaus is mainly used for significant cultural events. Its newer replacement stands a little further along Hauptstrasse.
Ensure you walk the full length of the Main Street (Hauptstrasse), as there are beautiful buildings all the way along.
Miltenberg’s newer Rathaus
At the eastern end of the old town is the Würzburger Tor and a little stroll up by the side of the Rathaus is the charming Johanniskirche.
The Würzburg Gate
Miltenberg is reasonably small, so you’ll easily visit it in a day; however, allow plenty of time to discover all the little cobbled lanes and alleyways.
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