Most travelers visit Aschaffenburg on a day tour from Frankfurt or Wurzburg. Start at the 17th-century Johannisburg Castle—behind its red sandstone façade is the National Gallery, renowned for its collection of Lucas Cranach paintings. After strolling around the palace gardens, take a walking tour of the Old Town. Lined with half-timbered buildings, arcaded walkways, and traditional wine taverns, its numerous architectural landmarks include the Neoclassical theater and sundial on Theaterplatz, and the Basilica of St. Peter and Alexander.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Aschaffenburg has a number of worthwhile museums including the Stiftsmuseum, Christian Schad Museum, Kirchner House, and the Museum of Jewish History and Culture.
- Aschaffenburg’s compact size makes it a top choice for spontaneous travelers—hop on the train from Frankfurt and spend the afternoon strolling around town.
- Aschaffenburg has a diverse selection of hotels, restaurants, and cafés to suit all budgets, most of which are found in and around Old Town.
- Bring comfortable walking shoes; Aschaffenburg’s central attractions can be reached on foot but Old Town's streets are cobblestoned and you can easily clock up some miles.
How to Get There
Aschaffenburg is located along the Main River, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Frankfurt. Direct trains run from Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof to Aschaffenburg and take about 30 minutes, or else it’s an about 35-minute drive.
When to Get There
Aschaffenburg’s woodland backdrop is even more enchanting during the spring and autumn months, when the colorful foliage is most striking and the weather ideal for hiking in the hills. The town hosts a number of festivals and events throughout the year, including a folk festival in August and an atmospheric Christmas Market in front of the Johannisburg Palace.
Day Trips from Frankfurt Other popular day trips from Frankfurt include a road trip along the Romantic Road, with its medieval towns and fairy-tale castles; the medieval city of Heidelberg, with its hilltop castle; and the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Trier, Germany’s oldest city. Frankfurt is also the gateway to the spa towns and hiking trails of the Black Forest, and the Rhine Valley, where you can enjoy cycling tours, wine tasting excursions, and boat cruises along the Rhine River.
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