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November 8th 2008
Published: November 8th 2008
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from St Civran to Hanau-am-Main

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1: Marktplatz Hanau 120 secs
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Road sign when you enter the city
This is my second visit to Germany this year. I spent two weeks in Hanau in March and one whole month in October. The second time round I had a camera in working order!

Visiting Europe in autumn is a colorful experience. For a few weeks in October, green trees and shrubs in the middle of towns turn bright yellow, red and brown. The leaves slowly fall like snow on the pavements. I enjoy shuffling my feet through the heaps of colorful leaves and seeing them dance in a shuffle-shuffle sound.

HANAU on the river Main in Germany is a great place for this. Pedestrians and cyclists have their own paths and circuit through town, thus avoiding having to walk along busy ring roads and crossing at hectic intersections. On top of that, drivers here do stop at pedestrian zebra crossings when they see you on the curb. It makes going for a stroll in town quite a pleasant experience.

I have a special relationship with the place. This is where I used to come and spend my summer school holidays when I was a teenager, back in 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962... Last century!

The old town
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City plan at central bus station
of HANAU itself is on the right bank of the river Main upstream by about 25km from Frankfurt. In recent years it has joined with surrounding townships on the left bank of the river to make a greater Hanau, so to speak. Barges loaded with goods travel up and down river. A sluice is to be found west of the city.

The History of HANAU goes back to the Romans. A village of some 1000 inhabitants thrived there in the middle-ages under the protection of a 'Burg', i.e. a medieval stronghold. In the 1600's a major political move was made by the lord of the place. A modern 'new town' was built in the grid fashion. New settlers from the Flanders and Wallon provinces came to develop the town. And in the 19th century the town became an industrial city.

The grid of straight streets at right angles is now the old part of HANAU, busy with shops, boutiques and cafes. The large parading square is now the convenient central bus station. An outdoor fruit and vegetable market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays on the square in front of the 'Rathaus' (townhall).

Last but not least,
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Market day on Marktplatz
HANAU is the birth place of the Grimm brothers. They wrote many 'children' stories and tales that are part of the ageless German literature.

(to be continued)



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The Flemish and Wallon community church destroyed in March 1945 by bombing and partly rebuilt as memorial to the war
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Clycling and pedestrian way under the bridge
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Flood banks of river Main and steam towers in Klein-Kreuzenburg
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Harbor on river Main
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Old town public park in autumn
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Road sign for school ahead
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A painted wall in Roman street
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Steinheim castle
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Steinheim old town center
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Steinheim old town center
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Steinheim old town center
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Steinheim tower
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A barge going swiftly down the river Main
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The sluice down river towards Frankfurt
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A castle called Philipsruhe built on the site of the former medieval 'Burg' by the founder of the 'new town'
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In the park of Philipsruhe castle in October
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The ancient church of the ancient village near the original site of the 'Burg' Hanau now a renovated fashionable quarter
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Whilhelmsbad, a castle built at the end of the 18th century, now under renovation
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Rowing on the river Main in October
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Frankie walking to town on the pedestrian path along the right bank


9th July 2010

Hanau
I stumbled upon your travel blog of a couple of years ago but was delighted to see the photos and comments regarding Hanau. I was fortunate to be stationed in Hanau in the U.S. Army from 1969 - 1971. It was a great place to be and I truly had a great experience during that time. This had brought back a lot of good memories for me and I am glad that I found it. Jerome Terrell
30th September 2010

Hanau am Main
Thanks for this comment. It's nice to be able to share!
13th April 2012

comment on de2008-hanau am main
My Husband and I were stationed in Hanau Pioneer Kaserne in Wolfgang and we spend many years there.The outside Shops and Outside Cafesit was wondweful.We miss it,but every other year we are going back. Steinfurth is a quaint little Hamlet where my Parents lived ,Bad Nauheim were are Heart Surgerys are performed,the Parks.really beautyful.
23rd June 2012

Hanau-am-Main
Thanks for your comment, Brigittte, and sorry for the delay in reacting to it! I don't often enough log-in here... shall e-mail you directly.
11th August 2012

Hanau, Germany
I lived in Hanau on Old Argonner Kaserne back in the 70's, these photos brought back a lot of fond memories. Thank you for posting them.
28th September 2012

I have fond memories of Hanau too! Thanks for your comment Theresa. f r a n k i e

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