"Easter Walk to Friedberg" Friedberg by gubbi1

Friedberg Travel Guide: 29 reviews and 86 photos

Friedberg has a nice fortification that makes up a part of the historic town. It was built under the rule of Friedrich Barbarossa between 1171 and 1180 more or less in parallel to the planned city.

Some interesting buildings and sites can be found inside the fortification:

Already from far you can see the Adolfstower. It is named after the count Adolf of Nassau, who was captivated. From the ransom this tower was built. Nowadays you can visit the tower which has become the oldest part of the fortress for a small fee of 1 Euro. Inside you can climb down some stairs to see the prison. If you take the effort you can also climb up the tower to the top from where you have a splendid view over Friedberg and the wide ares around. It is really worth it.

The Burgkirche (Fortress Church) is one of the very few neo-classical churches in Germany. It was built between 1782 and 1808 to replace the medieval Fortress Church.

On the main square in the fortification you can admire the Georgsfountain. It was built in 1783 by the master builder Wörrishöfer from Bad Nauheim (neighbor town). The water used in the fountain was lifted from far down outside the fortification. Saint Georg is the parton of the kinights and the fortress and its figure was made by Burkhard Zamels from Mainz.

The Fortress Garden was originally constructed for the purpose of defense for the fortress, but in the 18th and the beginning of the 19th century it was rebuilt into a baroque garden. Since 1918 the town of Friedberg leases the garden for recreation.

Commemoration Plate. On the main square towards the Adolfstower you will pass three information plates set up side by side. They commemorate the american and german army people of the Second World War. Close to the plate the German army had set up a defense for Friedberg. As the war was about to be lost the orders for them was to defend the town with the help of old men and kids until the bitter end. But the situation was that the american forces could easily wipe out the whole town. Against the normal habits and knowing the risks an american major drove into town to explain the situation to the germans. Despite the fact that also the German defenders in Friedberg would risk their life when giving up (death penalty was threatening deserters) they agreed. This saved the buildings of the town, but more important the lifes of many inhabitants.

Outside of the fortification:

The Mikve is a Jewish Bath for religious purposes. In one house in the old town of Friedberg a mikve was discovered. It is 25 meters deep and is dated back to 1260. Unfortunately it was closed during our visit.

The City Church is built in gothic style. Here in this rather huge church you can admire the architecture of a gothic hall church aswell as the beautiful colored windows. It was built between 1260 and 1410.

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  • Pros:Interesting fortification, Nice tower
  • Last visit to Friedberg: Apr 2012
  • Intro Updated Apr 10, 2012
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2012 at 3:52 AM

    Good that you had an Easter walk to Friedberg (from where?) and took some fine photos. Too bad the Mikve was closed during your visit, but at least the Adolf Tower was open and you could climb to the top. (The tower was closed when I was there.)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Christian, thanks for sharing your travel experiences. Hessen is rich in such beautiful places to explore...

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