Miltenberg Tourist Attractions
Situation and characteristicsThe picturesque little Lower Franconian town of Miltenberg, its streets of handsome half-timbered houses still enclosed within its old walls and gates, is attractively situated in the Main valley, between the Odenwald and the Spessart. The oldest part of the town lies on the narrow left bank of the Main, under a steep wooded hill crowned by the Mildenburg.
The charming old-world Markt in Miltenberg, with the Market Fountain of 1583, is lined with half-timbered houses. On the north side of the square stands the parish church (14th century; towers 1830). The former Amtskellerei (Markt 171), a fine 16th C. half-timbered building, houses the Municipal Museum.The Schnatterloch, a gate-tower, gives access to the Mildenburg.
East of the Markt in Miltenberg, in the main street (Hauptstrasse), is the half-timbered Haus zum Riesen (1590), an old inn which is still a hotel. Past guests have included King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, Wallenstein and Prince Eugene of Savoy.Farther along the street, in Engelsplatz, is the Baroque Franciscan Church (1667-87).
At the east end of the Hauptstrasse in Miltenberg rises the Würzburger Tor (1405), with a six-story tower. On the west side of the town, at the station, is the Mainzer Tor. Close by is St Lawrence's Chapel (15th-16th centuries).
Above Miltenberg, set amid trees, is the Mildenburg (13th-16th C.), with a 27m/89ft high keep (panoramic views).
8km/5mi south of Miltenberg lies the little town of Amorbach, which attracts many visitors.On the north side of the town is the twin-towered parish church (R.C.), a sandstone building erected in 1752-54 with a beautiful Roccoco interior (ceiling paintings by Johann Zick, 1753). Opposite, to the west, is the Schloss of the Princes of Leiningen (18th-19th C.).Also in the town is a beautiful abbey where organ recitals are held in the summer.
To the south of the Markt in Amorbach is the fine Baroque church (with two towers) of the old Benedictine abbey which stood here. Originally Romanesque, it was remodeled in Baroque style in 1742-47 by the Mainz court architect Maximilian von Welsch. The light interior, sumptuously decorated, is one of the finest Roccoco creations in Germany. There is a famous Baroque organ (recitals in summer).
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