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The city of Fulda is situated almost exactly in the middle of Germany in the federal state of Hesse. It is located by the river that shares its name and it is the largest river in East Hesse. Fulda is the economic and cultural centre of the East Hesse region and due to its long history, there are also a lot of architectural sites to behold. In addition to this, Fulda is also a cathedral and a university city. The nickname baroque city refers to the buildings that date from the baroque times such as the castle or the cathedral. The Fuldaer Dom “Fulda Cathedral”, is, for instance, a landmark of the city.
The central location of the city is also the reason why there is a well-developed transport network. From the motorway A 7, which runs between Würzburg and Kassel, you already have the choice of three exits that will bring you to the city-centre in Fulda. The journey by train is equally easy. The main railway station in Fulda is connected to the ICE network which enables you to travel from here directly into the city centre.
Alongside the centre of the city, Fulda also has 24 urban districts. They all date back to incorporations that came into effect throughout the course of the years.
The district of Bernhards has been a district of Fulda since 1972. Until then the municipality was independent. The district lies in stark contrast to urban Fulda despite it only being situated 6 km away from the city centre. In Bernards, the emphasis continues to be placed on village life. Several agricultural farms can still be found here.
Meanwhile, the district of Edelzell is the largest in Fulda. Thus it has demonstrated rapid growth as recently as the last few years. With a population growth of more than eightfold, this part of the city must have something very special to offer. The infrastructure is very well designed, a kindergarten with full-day care, a school bus transfer, doctors etc. are provided for in the district. Furthermore, the green spaces in the district are time and again indicative of why the inhabitants feel content here. The city-centre is located 3 kilometers away and it provides the necessary jobs.
Fuldas´ history is a long one. Even in the medieval times, the city was well-known as a result of the monastery that was opened here. The heyday was however during the baroque time. In the year 1700, the architect Johann Dietzenhofer commissioned for a cathedral and a castle to be built. Both of these buildings are still tourist attractions in Fulda today and they are well-known far beyond the boundaries of the city. The Fuldaer Dom was built between 1704 and 1712. The basilica with three naves was originally an abbey church and since 1752 it has been the cathedral of the diocese of Fulda. Both the 65 meter high clock towers and the 39 meter high dome give the baroque cathedral a pompous air. This is no different for the interior of the cathedral. It is tinted white and thus it is reminiscent of St. Peter´s Basilica in Rome. The organ is completely new and it invites you to come watch a concert. You cannot visit the cathedral at this time. What is more, the cathedral is often a destination for several pilgrimages because it houses the Boniface grave. Today, there is also a museum located in the cathedral which you can go and see at the same time.
The Stadtschloss Fulda „City Palace of Fulde“ is located in direct proximity to the cathedral. The palace was built between 1706 and 1714. It was supposed to serve as a residence for the prince abbots of Fulda and the prince bishops. Today, the city palace is the seat of the city administration in Fulda. You can visit certain rooms that date back as far as the baroque times and they have been preserved in line with their original features. The “Room of Mirrors” is one such room. It was once the dressing room and there are several hundred small and large mirrors hanging on the walls. In one room there is even an art exhibition. If you go to the palace, you should also take a stroll through the palace garden. In 1994 the national horticultural show took place here and for which reason the garden returned to its Baroque style. The orangery, with both its terraces and the fountain, also gives Fulda the status of a city of gardens.
A cultural highlight in Fulda is the Musical-Sommer. Every year from June to August, important historical musicals are performed at the Schlosstheater. Apart from that, the Schlosstheater is also worth a visit. The 600 seats are completely full at many of the performances and therefore the fact that this theatre does not have its own theatre group, bears no relevance here.
As well as the exhibitions in the cathedral and the city palace, you should also visit the Feuerwehrmuseum “Fire Brigade Museum” in Fulda. The Deutsche Feuerwehr-Museum in the district of Neuenberg demonstrates all that you need to know on the theme of firefighting on an exhibition space comprising 1600 square meters. The museum was founded in 1963 and in 1988 it was extended to this area because the exhibits could no longer be housed elsewhere. Amongst the exhibits there are a few large appliances such as bicycles and individual pieces that date back from the Middle Ages. The museum is also suitable for children.
A traditional restaurant in Fulda is the Bratwurstglöckle. Since 1983 you have been able to get regional Hessian cuisine here no matter whether you want a quick lunch or an extended dinner. Horse meat is a delicatessen here in Fulda which can be found on the menu in many different forms such as the „meatballs“.
Homanns Brauhaus, in the middle of the city-centre of Fulda, presents you with a diverse menu as well as beer specialties from their private brewery. The veal cutlet with side orders will set you back 15.50 euros and on Sunday you will pay only 12.90 euros for the rump steak with side orders.