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Schloss Mespelbrunn, Mespelbrunn

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Mespelbrunn Castle is a late-medieval/early-Renaissance moated castle on the territory of the town of Mespelbrunn, between Frankfurt and W├╝rzburg, built in a tributary valley of the Elsava valley, within the Spessart forest. It is a popular tourist attraction and has become a famous Spessart landmark.HistoryOriginsThe first precursor of Mespelbrunn Castle was a simple house. The owner was Hamann Echter, vizedom of Aschaffenburg, a title which means that he was the representative of the ruling prince, the Archbishop of Mainz at the castle and town of Aschaffenburg. On 1 May 1412, Johann gave the site, a forest clearing next to a pond, to Echter, a knight, who constructed a house without fortifications. It was a reward for Echter's services against the Czechs. The originates from the Odenwald region. Their name presumably means "", the executor of the ostracism. In the 15th century the Spessart was a wild and unexploited virgin forest, used as a hideout by bandits and Hussites, who despoiled the regions nearby. Therefore in 1427 Hamann Echter, the son of the first owner, began to rebuild his father's house to a fortified castle with walls, towers, and a moat using the nearby lake.
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  • Arrived in Frankfurt, got our car and an hour later, we stopped here. Very pretty setting. Cute castle/residence in a small town. Very nice, well kept up, interesting history. Tour was in German. Old ...  more »
  • The castle is interesting but don't bother if you don't speak very good german! The castle is also kind of in the middle of nowhere, we struggled to find anywhere to get a drink / snack.  more »
  • This easily accessible palace is a classic structure, and worth seeing anytime or any day... fall and winter are particularly nice, with fewer visitors. Take the tour, its interesting and offered in m...  more »