The Klause Kastel is a 19th-century sepulcher for John of Bohemia, a famous 14th-century knight who, according to legend, commanded an army while blind. The sepulcher is, however, built into a cliffside complex of ancient caves carved out in the 10th-15th centuries as monastic hideouts. This hike takes you along some of the most spectacular vistas of the Saar Valley to an exciting relic of medieval history.
For an easy hike across some of the nicer farmland north of Frankfurt, there is the Monastery of Ilbenstadt. The monastery complex is mostly preserved and features a remarkable late Staufen Romanesque church and a Rococo gatehouse, hinting at the centuries of prosperity enjoyed by the monks here. Behind the monastery is a nicely preserved agricultural complex from the 19th century.
This is a simple walk around the ancient territory of the Bebenhausen Monastery. In the Middle Ages, the monasteries held great territories which supported the Monks and their activities. Some Monasteries, such as Fulda, were powerful enough to act as regional powers, whereas others like Bebenhausen were more local.
This route takes you along a panorama tour through the edge of ancient Fuldaer Land. The monastery of Zella was a major administrative center for the Prince-Abbots of Fulda and marked the eastern edge of their territory. The trip's highlight will be a short excursion into one of the last remaining groves of Yes trees in Germany.