- Red-Sandstone from the Main Valley used throughout the region
- The Renaissance Architecture of Mainz and the Palatinate, as seen in Aschaffenburg, Breuberg and Mespelbrunn.
- The beautiful rolling landscape and ancient castle ruins in the interior
The Odenwald is a hilly, forested region that sits astride the Main Valley, as it cuts through the Rhön mountains. It has a rugged and densely forested landscape that largely prevented the region’s development.
Historically this meant that the Odenwald served as one of Europe’s largest hunting preserves, the exclusive domain of the Frankish, Carolingian, Salian, and Staufen Emperors, among others.
However, undeveloped does not mean there is nothing to see here. The city of Aschaffenburg was one of the main seats of power for the Prince-Archbishops of Mainz, and they turned it into a symbol of their strength. Enough survived WW2 to make it worth an afternoon trip. Many other palaces and castles of the Bishops dot the landscape. It was not just Mainz competing for control, the Dukes of Hessen-Darmstadt, the Counts of Erbach, and Rieneck, among others, all competed for the region’s wealth.
- Accommodation: 4
- Transportation: 5
- Volume/Capacity: 8
- Infrastructure: 3
- Interactivity: 2
- Context: 3
- Monuments: 7
- Quality: 5
- Abstraction: 7
- Tradition: 4