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Located about an hour east and slightly south of Frankfurt is a hilly region with many small towns, including Miltenberg, Michelstadt, and Amorbach.  Much of the area reminded me of parts of West Virginia.








Miltenberg lies along the banks of the Main (pronounced “Mine”) River. The area was settled in the 2nd Century AD by the Romans as part of their great defensive wall called the Limes.  A castle was begun around 1200 by the Archbishops of Mainz to protect the growing trading post that connected the Rhine-Main area with the overland route to the Danube River.  The town prospered during the Middle Ages, changed hands many times, ultimately ending up as part of Bavaria.  The region is now known as Odenwald.




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Miltenberg lies along the banks of the Main River.





The Main Street (Hauptstrasse) through Miltenberg takes you back to another time.





One of many old houses lining the streets of Miltenberg.

This family runs a restaurant on their first floor.




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Another interesting house along the Main Strasse.




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The Karl Loch Brauerei (Brewery) in Miltenberg.




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The bridge across the Main River in Miltenberg.





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This fisherman was trying his luck early one morning.





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Miltenberg’s central Markt (Market). 

The Market Square fountain from 1583 is visible on the right.





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A closeup of the town fountain in Miltenberg.















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Even on a rainy day, people were out on the town square enjoying a beer.





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One of the interesting side streets and cafes in Michelstadt.





Michelstadt Elephant House pub

The Elefantenhaus (Elephant House) pub in Michelstadt.





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The day I was in Michelstadt, a local fireman was getting married.

His co-workers arranged the “reception” for the new couple outside the church door.





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One of the traditions is for the new couple to saw a log to signify the teamwork they would

 need to succeed in life and in marriage.





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Just outside Michelstadt is this old Basilica.





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Inside the Basilica is this row of old stone carvings.





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Close-up of one of the stone carvings.




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The Furstenau Castle in Michelstadt is now a music school.










Just 5 miles south of Miltenberg lies the town of Amorbach. 



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The Castle Mill restaurant in Amorbach.




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This is one of two churches in Amorbach.

Though it wasn’t the largest, when you see the next picture,

you will probably agree it is absolutely beautiful inside.





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Incredible!!  No other word can describe the inside of this church.




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A close-up of the alter.




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A view of the ceiling and organ pipes at the rear of the church.




As I was leaving the Amorbach area, I happened to see

 the following couple leaving the parking area.


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This young couple was obviously born 30 years too late. 

Long live Austin Powers! Groovy, Baby!!!




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