Freiensteinau

The community of Freiensteinau with its beautiful low mountain range landscape is located in the southern tip of the Vogelsberg district. The Nieder-Mooser lake with camping site and the leisure park Vulkan invite you to stay and relax. People otherwise exposed to the daily stress and hectic life of the big cities find the serenity of our villages particularly relaxing. Here you will quickly forget the annoyance of heavy car traffic, air pollution, stuffy subways and crowded streets. Located in the middle of Germany, the villages in Freiensteinau have retained their special quality of life.

For friends of fairy tales

A boulder on the Wintersberg, a single high basalt cone near Freiensteinau, gives the name to the wild stone. There is quite a hollow in it that looks almost like a crib, which is why both old and young call it the “Christchild Cradle”. The Most Blessed Virgin Mary is said to have stayed here overnight on her wanderings and laid her sweet baby Jesus inside the stone hollow. But others say it was Mother Hulda. Many years ago there was always music and dance here on St. John's Day.

For holiday tourists and day visitors

The Nieder-Mooser lake with camping and camper van site is the tourist centre for nature lovers, swimmers, hikers, sailors, surfers and anglers. The entrance to the premium hiking trail "Three Lakes Tour" is located at the camping site. The tour is 13 km long and can be easily walked in 3.5 hours. It is also recommended for inexperienced hikers. On the other side of the lake is the volcano park with miniature golf course, disk golf course, tepee village, bouncy castle and much more. Here you can enjoy activities out in pure nature. Nearby is the nature reserve Ober-Mooser Lake with birdwatching hut. Rare bird species such as red kite, black-necked grebe, black stork, great crested grebe and little grebe can be observed. Reichlos offers the Reichloser Lake and the Barn and Boiler Hook museum, which is privately owned and can only be visited by appointment. The Ober-Mooser Lake and the Reichloser Lake are under nature protection, and water activities of all kinds are prohibited.

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Events & Guided Tours

A special note for guests who do not speak German:
Some of the guided tours and audiences offers or events presented here are currently only available in German,
some are offered regularly, others on demand in different languages.
In many cases, fairytale magic and fabulous seductions do not need spoken language to be properly experienced.
Let yourself be surprised or inquire directly at the address given in each case.
And please understand that for technical reasons some descriptions are shown here only in German. Thank you very much!

Historical tidbits

Freiensteinau has belonged to the Rhine-Palatinate Bailiwick in Vogelsberg since the Middle Ages. The Rhineland Palatinate county was in the hands of the collateral line of the Bavarian Wittelsbachs, but had no function in Bavaria itself. As the main lenders of the fiefdoms, the counts passed on the fiefdoms in Vogelsberg to the Lords of Riedesel from 1428 onwards. The beginning of the Thirty Years' War marked an about-face, when Count Friedrich of the Palatinate, the supreme liege lord of Freiensteinau, was elected King of Bohemia in 1618. He reigned only one winter before he was defeated and deposed by imperial troops. His properties were confiscated and given to the Bavarian Duke Maximilian. For about 30 years the fiefdoms were in the hands of Bavaria. In 1648 Count Friedrich of the Palatinate received his lands back again. In 1806 the fiefdom was dissolved and the region was incorporated into the territory of Hesse-Darmstadt. A border crossing was last practiced during the territorial reform in 1971, when the 12 villages from the four old districts of Gelnhausen, Lauterbach, Schlüchtern and Fulda became one community in the Vogelsberg district.

 

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