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Stalactite Cave (Eberstadter Tropfsteinhöhle)

Besuchergruppe vor HochzeitstorteEnter Buchen’s underworld – the stalactite cave in the Eberstadt quarter of Buchen has been discovered by accident. On December 13th in 1971, in the course of a blasting in the lacustrine limestone quarry, a 1 metre high and 2 metres wide gap opened up.

Already the first careful explorations gave an indication of the breathtaking beauty of this natural monument, a unique occurrence in southern Germany. With its variety of forms, the Eberstadt stalactite cave has an unforgettable effect on every visitor.

The cave is easily accessible and with a little bit of assistance it can also be visited by walking-impaired persons and wheelchair users. On well-constructed tracks you can get from the parking space to the back end of the cave without a single step. The cave is 600 metres long and its width varies from 2.5 metres to 8 metres. Within the cave the temperature is at a constant 11 degrees Celsius and the humidity level is around 95%.

The age of the Eberstadt stalactite cave is thought to be between one and two million years. During this time all the forms of sinter formation on the walls or the cave floor have developed. This includes stalactites – dripstones hanging from the cave’s ceiling and stalagmites – dripstones growing upwards from the bottom of the cave.

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Madonna country (Madonnenländchen)

Karte des Madonnenländchens (vergrößern)The Madonnenländchen combines the Baden part of the Odenwald, as well as some of the Bavarian part, and Bauland up to the Taubergrund. It encompasses a romantic holiday landscape where it is easy to unwind and relax.  

The name Madonnenländchen is not a geographic term but has been coined by the locals. Various Madonna statues on houses as well as a variety of shrines by the side of the road enrich the local landscape. The Madonnenländchen combines the Baden part of the Odenwald, as well as some of the Bavarian part, and Bauland up to the Taubergrund. It encompasses a romantic holiday landscape where it is easy to unwind and relax.

The name Madonnenländchen is not a geographic term but has been coined by the locals. Various Madonna statues on houses as well as a variety of shrines by the side of the road enrich the local landscape.

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Watchtower (Wartturm)

Watchtower (Wartturm)The watchtower is 14 metres tall and is situated on a hill called “Wartberg” (394 metres above sea level) to the southeast of Buchen. According to its inscription is has been constructed or rebuilt in 1490.

It was used as an observation tower in times of war, in order to be able to warn the population of the highly fortified medieval town of advancing enemy troops. As can be seen in the oldest illustration dating from 1593, at that time the tower, equipped with a hipped roof, was freestanding to facilitate the unobstructed view in all directions.

The tower consists of a circular substructure (5 metres tall and with a 5 metre cross-section) and a superstructure of only 4.4 metres. Due to the different wall thicknesses of the substructure (1.2 metres) and the superstructure (0.95 metres), there are assumptions as to whether the lower part might be 200 years older and thus has been built during the first encirclement of Buchen. However, both material (rubble stone) and technique do not indicate any difference.

The original ogival entrance at the level of the landing could only be reached via a ladder, which was pulled up in the event of an enemy attack. Above the entrance, the date 1490 has been inscribed onto an ashlar with a stonemason’s mark. Also above the entrance is well-preserved machicolation used for the defence against hostile invaders.

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Buchen Carnival (Faschenacht)

faschenacht.jpgThe famous “Buchener Faschenacht”, with a tradition reaching back over 500 years, has turned Buchen into the carnival centre of the Baden part of Franconia.

The carnival association “FG Narrhalla” was founded in 1879 by the amalgamation of individual carnival societies. Hundreds of “Huddelbätzen”, the famous Buchen carnival figure, entertain the crowd with their singing and dancing. They are present at the traditional Buchen “Gänsemarsch” on Carnival Sunday and the big procession on Shrove Monday.

The well-known Buchen carnival slogan “Hinne houch” (‘up at the back’) can be heard in all the colourfully decorated streets and alleys. Also present at every event is the “Buchener Blecker”, the medieval symbol of the Buchen carnival. Everyone has to pay their respect by kissing its backside, a ‘must’ during the carnival week. The importance of the Buchen Faschenacht becomes obvious when looking at the success of the “FG Narrhalla” which has hosted the international carnival festival (Narrentreffen) three times already, in 1980, 1990 and 2002. With their colourful appearance and their temperament they impress local and international audiences. Their connections reach far beyond the city limits. More information on the Buchen Faschenacht:

> www.huddelbaetze.de

The different Buchen neighbourhoods also cultivate their carnival traditions. During the carnival week, not only the “Narrhalla”, but also the “Hettemer Fregger”, the “Heeschter Berkediebe”, the “Getzemer Narre”, the “Götzianer Heddebör”, the “Hauschemer Klingemänner” and the “Beddemer Hannmertli” all know how to party!

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Informative collections

The famous „Buchener Faschenacht“ (carnival), with its more than 500 year tradition, has made Buchen the carnival centre of the Baden part of Franconia.

Guildhall of the "FG Narrhalla Buchen e.V." 
The persons in charge of the Buchen Faschenacht have for years been collection costumes, medals, publications and documents which are on display in the guildhall.

For more information contact:
FG Narrhalla Buchen e.V. • Unterer Hainstadter Weg 18 • 74722 Buchen (Odenwald)
Phone: +49 6281 51856 • Fax: +49 6281 521530
www.huddelbaetze.com


The Narrenringstube (Carnival Jester’s Parlour) 

The carnival base of the Narrenring Main-Neckar e.V. is the area of the eastern Odenwald, Bauland and the Tauber valley – right in between the Rhine area carnival in the north and the Alemannic Fasnet (carnival) in the South.
The Narrenringstube is housed in the Zehntscheune (Tithe Barn) in the museum grounds in Buchen. On display are examples of the carnival tradition, carnival figures such as the Huddelbätze from Buchen, the Äschesäck from Hettingen, the Erbsenstrohbären from Osterburken, the Faschebouze from Lauda and many others. Opening times and guided tours on request. 

For more information contact:
Tourist Office Buchen • Platz am Bild • 74722 Buchen (Odenwald)
Phone: +49 6281 2780 • Fax: +49 6281 2732 • This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

The limes and roman forts

The word Limes means “the man-made route cutting straight through an area, an axis for the survey of land or a lane connecting two separate regions.”

We do not know for sure, whether the Roman Empire did have a frontier in the modern sense. The Limes was not only constructed in Germany but along nearly all borders of the Roman Empire.

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Natural trails & local recreation

The region offers various educational and recreational nature trails:

NATURE TRAIL HASENWÄLDCHEN

The idyllic recreational park "Hasenwäldchen" (The Bunny Grove), situated between Buchen and Hettingen, is an ideal spot for a family outing.

Children will appreciate the two playgrounds, while families can enjoy the many aviaries, nature and wildlife preserves and the “Daunsee” lake. A popular place to visit is the restaurant “Zum Hasenwald”.

LOCAL RECREATION AREA HOLLERSEE - HOLLERBACH

At the gateway to Buchen, in the Hollerbach valley, lies the man-made “Hollersee” lake.

The Hollersee region is surrounded by walking trails and picnic areas. Hollerbach itself is known for the Mother Church of the Odenwald (along the museum trail at the Odenwälder Bauernhaus) and the local artist community Hollerbacher Malerkolonie who won the gold medal in the “Unser Dorf soll schöner werden” (We’ll make our village prettier) competition

THE SPA GARDENS AND THE “GÖTZENTURM” TOWER IN HETTIGENBEUERN

The centre of the Hettigenbeuern district, with its distinctive tobacco barns, hosts a charming park area, which includes a Kneipp area and mini-golf course.

The “Götzenturm” tower, a customs and defense tower from the Middle Ages, is nearby in the Morre valley, close to the Bavarian border.

FURTHER NATURE TRAILS

> Forest nature trail Buchen behind the hospital
> Forest nature trail Hettingenbeuern at the Hornbacher Berg
> Forest nature trail Eberstadt
> Geological trail at the stalactite cave


For more information contact:

Tourist Office Buchen • Platz am Bild • 74722 Buchen (Odenwald)
Phone: +49 6281 2780 • Fax: +49 6281 2732 • This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


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