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Idstein & Excursions

Idstein is a town of about 25,000 inhabitants in the Rheine-Main region of Hesse. Because of its well-preserved historical Altstadt it is part of the Deutsche Fachwerke Strasse that connects towns with fine timber-frame buildings.Idstein's most notable buildings are: the 1698 Rathaus, the Hexenturm, which dates from @1170 and is Idstein's oldest building, the Unionskirche and the renaissance style Schloss.The Rathaus stands in the small but impressive König-Adolf-Platz and just to its right is the charming Schiefes Haus (Crooked House). The rest of the old town core is ringed by timber-framed houses dating mainly from the 15th century.There are opportunities to enjoy a round or two of golf at Idstein Golf Park, and there is a new, modern indoor and outdoor swimming pool with sauna and fitness centre. Cyclists can enjoy discovering the countryside, riversbanks and the beautiful villages along the many cycling trials.In Winter, our apartment is the perfect base for cross-country skiing, tobogganing and snow trekking, but please check with us first for information on snow conditions.Culturally, Idestein hosts many fesitivals and traditional celebrations; for example the 3-day Hessenjazzfeest. The Stadthalle presents regular concerts and performances and there are cinemas, a museum, and art exhibitions.Idstein has some impressive cafes and restaurants featuring international as well as traditional German cuisine

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Our appartment is ideally located for you to enjoy plenty of walking, hiking and cycling activities. A short drive to east is the Naturpark Rheine-Taunus, dominated by the Grosser Feldberg. This is a very popular destination for families as well as hikers and those intrepid enough to cycle to the top.A short distance to the north on the A3 is the pretty town of Limburg an der Lahn. Its recently renovated cathedral, the Limburger Dom is a fine example of late Romanesque architecture, and the central square is the 13th century Fishmarket (from the Fismart - local dialect for 'yarn' or 'wool') was the medaeval wool and weaver's trading centre. South on the A3 lies Frankfurt am Main, the financial and transportation centre of Germany. Of its many sights, the most notable are the old Römer district, the baroque Hauptwache, St Bartholomew's cathedral and the Opera House. Head down to the river for a stunning view of the Frankfurt skyline with its 12 skyscapers.A 30 minute drive away, Wiesbaden is famous for its thermal springs and spa and its casino (Spielbank). Originally a Roman settlement, in the Middle Ages it was the site of the royal palace of the Frankish kings. Take the Nerobergbahn funicular railway to the Neroberg for a spectacular panorama of the city. Other sights include the neo-classical Kurhaus and the Schlossplatz (palace square).Mainz, 40 minutes away, is a city with over two thousand years of history. The first European books printed using movable type were manufactured in Mainz by Gutenberg – visit the Gutenberg museum to see an original copy. Although only a small part of it is left, visit the old town and the Mainz Cathedral of St Martin, the Electoral Palace, and the Marktbrunnen – one of the largest Renaissance fountains in Germany. Mainz is an important part of the German wine economy and is a center for wine trade and the seat of the state's wine minister.For a longer excursion, head east to the upper half of the Middle Rheine where Germany’s longest river flows between Bingen and Koblenz, where you will discover more than 40 castles and fortresses from the Middle Ages and many wine-villages.

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