Enchanting, colorful, and historic, medieval towns are my current obsession. I cannot resist their charm. Lucky we are surrounded! Markus and I have been to several since I arrived in Germany and it is about time I talk about one, no?
This is from Gelnhausen, a quaint town near Frankfurt founded by Emperor Barbarossa in 1170. The entrance is a steep walk as it sits on the side of a hill – very traditional. Its main attraction is the Marienkirche that you can see towering on the background in our picture above. It could be Wednesday Adam’s Castle if she was a Disney princess. I totally love it.
The old town is filled with fachwerk structures, castles, churches, old imperial walls and watch towers, and everything else you need to pretend you are a medieval peasant during the Middle Ages. Walking around the cobbled stone paths, I cannot help but imagine what life was like during those times. It must have been equally simpler and more challenging!
My favorite part is always the town square, of course. It is just the cutest thing! The best part about Gelnhausen is there are two: a lower and upper one lined with fackwerkhäuser, shops, restaurants, plants, flowers, and all things cozy.
It was a lovely fall day when we visited, and after wandering around town, we found a sunny seat on the balcony of Gelnhausen Altstadt Cafe.
I had flammkuchen for the first time. It is a light and crispy white flatbread similar to pizza, but not really. It is very German and I see it all the time in festivals, theaters, and essentially everywhere there is a crowd.
Conventional toppings are spring onion and bacon and ours is vegetarian with corn and bell peppers. I enjoyed it a lot and have already found a flammkuchen recipe that I would like to try in our kitchen. Wish me luck!
It was great to have a wander at Gelnhausen. These little trips inspire wonder in me and ease the claustrophobia I sometimes get in my head. I wish you can explore what is around you, too, and have lots of fun while you are at it.