Gelnhausen - where history is alive

Gelnhausen for friends of fairy tales

Gelnhausen not only has outstanding sights to enjoy. In the entire old town, lovingly restored half-timbered buildings are situated next to medieval architecture. Impressive buildings such as the Imperial Palace - once a moated castle - the Witch Tower, where torture instruments from the time of the witch persecutions can still be seen today, the Protestant Church of Our Lady, the Catholic Church of St. Peter, the former synagogue, the Inner Wooden Gate and last but not least the Romanesque House breathe the spirit of centuries and leave room for legends, fairy tales and myths - but also for historical reality, which can be explored and experienced in many different ways.

Gelnhäuser Historical Tidbits

"In Germany, in a wild forest, between Gelnhausen and Hanau, lived a righteous old man…" Thus begins Clemens von Brentano's fairy tale "Gockel, Hinkel, Gackeleia", which takes place in Gelnhausen and its surroundings. Gelnhausen was one of the favourite places of romantic poets, who found inspiration in the winding medieval lanes between rough forests and the gentle Kinzig valley.

Gelnhausen for holiday tourists and day visitors

If you want to delve deeper into the history of Barbarossa, you can go on a very special journey through time: Gelnhausen is the cradle of adventure tours. Thousands of people of all ages submerge themselves in past epochs with the help of public guided tours that are bookable at (almost) any time. Smaller groups or entire travel groups experience up close how people in former times coped with their everyday lives, what moved them and what challenges they had to face. Authentic, with wit and charm and numerous anecdotes from past centuries, this journey of discovery unfolds against a magical historical backdrop. Gelnhausen can also be experienced by holiday tourists and day visitors on a classic city tour with a tour guide or on a themed tour with a special focus on cultural history, literature or architecture.

The city can also be explored on your own during a virtual tour. For those who like it exciting and interactive, "Operation Mindfall" or "Gelnhusana Magica" solves tricky puzzles and saves Gelnhausen from destruction. In the interactive museum, families and children and people of all ages immerse themselves in the age of Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa and follow in the footsteps of the city's most famous sons – telephone inventor Philipp Reis and Baroque poet Hans Jakob Christoph von Grimmelshausen. A whole new world of experience opens up for museum visitors in Germany's only accessible ear model, which offers an even deeper insight into the work of Philipp Reis.

Accommodation is available directly in the historic Old Town, but also in the city centre and surrounding city districts. For hikers and cyclists, the nearby Stadtwald forest and the extensive Kinzigauen meadows offer numerous tour destinations, while water lovers can let off steam in the outdoor pool with giant slide or in the indoor pool in winter. A popular excursion destination is the adventure mini golf course and for those who want to experience Gelnhausen from above, the airfield with its modern machines and oldtimers offers sightseeing flights, parachute jumps and more.

Your contact in Gelnhausen

Tourist-Info Gelnhausen

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63571 Gelnhausen
Phone: +49 6051 - 830 300
Fax: +49 6051 - 830 303

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