"Hanau- I was born there!" Hanau am Main by Hanau93

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Hanau, birth place of the Brothers Grimm

Hanau is located in the Bundesland of Hessen about 20km east of
Frankfurt and has 91,000 residents. The city is 850 years old and well known as the birthplace
of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm , the world famous brothers who collected many fairy tales.Who doesn't know their enchanting fairy tales? Thus, Hanau is the starting point of the Fairy-Tale-Road to Bremen ( Maerchenstrasse), which attracts many
tourists from Germany and other countries.
Hanau is also well-known for other little 'jewels'. The Goldschmiedehaus, although heavily damaged during the war, is a fine example of the half-timbered architecture in Hessen. It is now a museum displaying jewellery the goldsmiths of Hanau are famous for.
Schloss Philippsruhe, a castle built by Napoleon the second, houses a great museum as well. It is located alongside one of Hanau's rivers, the Main.
Only a few minutes away by car you will find one of the Crown Prince Wilhelm's old spa's , WILHELMSBAD. The beautifully architected park and the buildings are a great place to visit.
Hanau is a also a town of two rivers, with the smaller one, the Kinzig, flowing into the Main .

HANAU: Sightseeing

A postcard from Hanau showcasing
our tourist attractions..Big picture; The Marktplatz, to the left the Main River, below historical Gate at a highschool, Wilhelmsbad, the Goldschmiedehaus and Schloss Phillipsruhe.

Marktplatz/City Hall

In the heart of Hanau you will find the Marktplatz with the City Hall and the Brothers Grimm Monument right in front of it . Erected in 1896 it was created by the Munich sculptor Professor Syrius Eberle. The Grimm Borthers are of course famous for their fairy and folk tales. Jakob was born in 1785 and Wilhelm in 1786. The altter one was also an outstanding philologist.

Every Wednesday and Saturday the farmer's market takes place on the Marktplatz. It's worth a visit. Shopping is close by with the Kaufhof located to the right..You can also take a nice coffeebreak with excellent German pastries in the nearby Cafe Weiermann

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:one doesn't need a car to explore downtown
  • Cons:bad parking downtown
  • In a nutshell:More than just a town SE of Frankfurt!!
  • Last visit to Hanau am Main: Mar 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2008 at 8:44 AM

    HI again - our good friends fr Heidelberg (and she was born in Fulda) are coming to visit for Christmas, and we will be visiting this general area again next Spring, so will make note of your great page and tips.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Nov 18, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    How Lucky to have such a nice birthplace, so many old buildings & history. Where I live we consider any building over 60 years old a "heritage building" .

  • May 1, 2007 at 10:49 PM

    Looks like an interesting town and I especially like the fact there's a lake nearby it - cheers, Marina

  • Weissdorn's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2006 at 3:34 PM

    This was the best page I've seen on Hanau!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2005 at 3:25 PM

    Great tips Bea!

  • Ben-UK's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2005 at 8:55 AM

    Very nice page about the town you were born in -- greetings from England.

  • eranda's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2005 at 3:50 AM

    i have nevver been there, but after red your VT page, i would like to visit -eranda from sri Lanka

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2005 at 1:40 PM

    Nice to see a well-done VT page on Hanau. It's a good town to go to or through by bicycle, just up the Main River from Frankfurt.

  • NC_Ziggy's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2005 at 8:09 AM

    Hi Bea! Great tips of a lovely hometown! You are GOOD at this! :-) Best Wishes from North Carolina! Have a great week-end!

  • May 3, 2004 at 8:48 PM

    Nice coverage of the place. Good phtographs to supplement.

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