Odenwald

A gem in the heart of Germany

The Odenwald area is a mainly rural area in the south-west of Germany within easy reach of Frankfurt to the North and Heidelberg to the south.  

It is an area of outstanding beauty with dense forests, lakes and rivers.  World famous monuments and Roman remains are to be found throughout the area and its castles range from the Romanesque to the Baroque.    

For lovers of good food, the Odenwald is ideal with traditional dishes being offered throughout the year and you won’t want to miss out on tasting the locally brewed beer!

There are many attractions on offer all year round to suit the needs of all ages, whether you want to go hiking or walking in the surrounding countryside, or visit the Castles and historic monuments.  

The Odenwald is proud of its history of crafts ranging from pottery, famous wood carvers and basket makers to its gingerbread bakers and its modern chocolatiers.    

The ‘Potato Festival’ in Michelstadt is unique with its Potato Steamer “Kartoffeldaempfer” promoted by former Landrat Horst Schnur and potatoes cooked in this way cannot be compared!

Key towns in the area include:                 

Michelstadt

Michelstadt lies in south-eastern part of the Odenwald in the middle of the Hessian Bergstrasse-Odenwald Nature Park.  It lies at the crossroads of the ancient trade  route from Frankfurt to Stuttgart and from Worms to Würzburg.   It boasts some of the oldest buildings in Germany.    

The famous late Gothic Town Hall, the Rathaus, is a perfect example of the ‘fachwerk’ half-timber buildings famous throughout the area.  It is interesting that the carving of the date of its construction in 1484 is written in Arabic numerals using a half eight as a four.

The Renaissance-style fountain decorated with wrought iron, is said to date from 1575.  Around the Market Place are examples of the fine half-timbered houses for which the area is famous.

Erbach

Erbach is where you find the “Landratsamt”, the seat of regional government.   Visitors are enchanted by the gardens of The Orangery, the magnificence of The Schloss, the National Ivory Museum and the River Mümling which runs through the town.  Here you find an abundance of crafts including pottery, wood carving, basket making and the modern choclatier.  In July residents and visitors alike enjoy the annual Wiesenmarkt when, for a period of 10 days, the atmosphere is carnival.

Neighbouring towns and villages Bad König, Beerfelden, Breuberg, Höchst and Lüzelbach all have much to offer, but you must go and see for yourself. 

One thing is sure – you’ll never run out of ideas of what to do in the Odenwald and you’ll be sure of a friendly welcome! 

Find out more at http://www.odenwaldkreis.de and the official tourism site.

News from the Odenwald Association

(Promoting links with the Odenwald region of Germany)
  • Virtual concert – save the date!
    After the success of the Odenwald Association’s last two virtual concerts, the Open Evening and the Burns Supper, we are organising another one, this time to coincide with the Falkirk Tryst Festival.   Entitled “Willkommen, Bienvenue, Welcome”, the event will take place on Tuesday 27th July 2021 at 7pm. This is a joint venture withContinue reading “Virtual concert – save the date!”
  • Virtual open evening
    The first meeting of the new session of the Odenwald Association always takes the form of an Open Evening, when we invite everyone interested in twinning and/or the Odenwald to come along, and we hope to gain some new members.  This year, 2020, we decided to hold it online as there were still restrictions inContinue reading “Virtual open evening”
  • German Consul visits Association
    The Odenwald Association was very pleased to welcome Mrs. Barbara Quick, the German Consul for Scotland and the North of England, to the group’s meeting on Tuesday, 10th March. Mrs. Quick, who took over the post in July 2019, gave us a very interesting talk about her career to date, and the work of theContinue reading “German Consul visits Association”
  • Burns Night in Beerfelden
    The annual Schottland Vereinigung celebration of Robert Burns took place in the Alte Turnhalle, Beerfelden on February 1, 2020. About 150 people attended and the evening was opened by the Clan Pipers Frankfurt, joined by Neil Clark (Falkirk) and Lothar Eckmayer (Bad König). Rüdiger Holschuh welcomed everyone and the very heavy haggis was brought inContinue reading “Burns Night in Beerfelden”
  • Archive: Odenwald minutes
    Minutes from previous meetings of the Odenwald Association are published below. If you have any queries, please contact the Association. Minute of Meeting of Odenwald Association held on 12th November, 2019 at 7.00 p.m. in Municipal Buildings, Falkirk Present: Gray Allan (Chair), Walter Simms (Vice-Chair), Anne Simms (Secretary), Charlie Tibbles (Treasurer), Andy and Myra Christie,Continue reading “Archive: Odenwald minutes”
  • Gallery: “Scottische Nacht” in Odenwald
    Here’s a gallery of pictures from the “Scottische Nacht” held in Odenwald, Germany, in 2019.
  • Gallery: Spielmannszug FF visit Falkirk
    The Odenwald Association was very pleased to welcome the award-winning Spielmannszug FF flute and percussion orchestra from Fränkisch-Crumbach to Falkirk in May 2019.   As well as the fabulous concert they gave in Falkirk Trinity Church, they visited Edinburgh, Doune, Loch Lomond, and Stirling, were shown round Falkirk by Chair Gray Allan and Fiona Aird,Continue reading “Gallery: Spielmannszug FF visit Falkirk”
  • Gallery: Town Hall concert
    On Saturday May 25th 2019, the Odenwald Association held a fundraising concert in Grangemouth Town Hall.  This was planned as an opportunity for a dress-rehearsal before going to Schottische Nacht in Erbach, a chance for friends and family to see the performance, as well as to raise some money to cover the costs of theContinue reading “Gallery: Town Hall concert”
  • Gallery: 2018 visit to Odenwald
    Anne Simms (with a little help from Myra Christie) reports on a successful trip to Falkirk’s twinned area in Germany. Five members of the OA, Andy and Myra Christie, Walter and myself, and Terry Hunter, flew to Frankfurt and were picked up from the airport by Detlef Kuhn, Deputy Chair of the Schottland Vereinigung. WeContinue reading “Gallery: 2018 visit to Odenwald”
  • Conference for twinning groups
    The Odenwald Association hosted a conference for local twinning groups in the Municipal Buildings, Falkirk on Wednesday, 22nd August, 2018. Representatives from six groups (including the OA) came together to discuss challenges and share strategies to improve recruitment, funding, and promotion.   It was interesting to find out how each group operates, and very encouragingContinue reading “Conference for twinning groups”
Schloss Castle in Erbach, Odenwald. Picture by Hubert Berberich. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license. More information here.
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