Schloss Johannisburg: Post-War Reconstruction at its Finest

| September 22, 2014

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Schloss Johannisburg, erected in the early 1600’s, overlooks the river Main from its place in a small hook at the tip of Bavaria, in the city of Aschaffenburg.  It was nearly destroyed in WWII, but has since been magnificently restored.  Inside the museum, you can check out models, photographs, and sketches of the palace in its different states.


The River Main

The River Main from the castle grounds

Red sandstone construction

Red sandstone construction

Touring the palace is like visiting an art museum, but with unique exhibits such as ecclesiastical vestments from the Mainz Cathedral.


Oddly enough, the palace houses the world’s largest collection of cork architectural models.  These reproductions of ancient Roman buildings such as the Colosseum are probably one of the only exhibits that would interest a child.

aschaffenburg schloss johannisburg cork models

(Well, mildly interest a child)

Outside of the palace are gardens, and stairs down to the river.

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Just down the stairs and to the left is a fun little playground on the river.

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aschaffenburg playground

You can hold events at the palace.  During our first visit, we caught some of a photographer’s session with a bride and groom.aschaffenburg schloss johannisburg wedding

Aschaffenburg itself is a quaint city with plenty of restaurants, a brewery, and other sites.



I personally recommend visiting the palace and walking around in the courtyard (a great place for bored kids to run around), but only touring if you have keen interest in palace interiors, art, or odd cork models.aschaffenburg schloss johannisburg

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Category: Castles & Palaces, Germany, Museums, Travel, Uncategorized

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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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