Freudenberg (Germany)

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50.90303 N, 7.87774 E

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Freudenberg is a town and municipality in the Main-Tauber-Kreis district, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It is located on the river Main and has around 3,700 inhabitants. Freudenberg is lies in the extreme northeast of the Baden-Württemberg state, on the left bank of Main which is the border to Bavaria here. Across the river is Collenberg municipality. Freudenberg is 15 km west of Wertheim am Main, as well as 30 km south-east of Aschaffenburg.

Freudenberg is also the terminus of hiking path Nibelungensteig, starting at Zwingenberg (Bergstrasse). It is situated on Nibelungenstraße, a tourist route to Wertheim from Worms. The hills on the left bank of Main are part of Mittelgebirge Odenwald while those on the river's opposite side belong to Spessart. The territory of the municipality totals 3,478 ha and stretches into the wooded hills.

Freudenberg was mentioned for the first time around 1100. In 1806, the city became a part of Grand Duchy of Baden. The first (sandstone) bridge over Main was built in 1907. In 1928-1934, Staustufe Freudenberg followed. With Deutsche Gemeindeordnung and the laws that followed, in 1935 Freudenberg lost the status as town. A year later, Bezirksamt Wertheim was dissolved and Freudenberg became a part of Amtsbezirk/Landkreis Tauberbischofsheim. Towards the end of WWII, the first bridge over Main was blown up. From 1946-1950, a ferry boat linked Freudenberg and Kirschfurt. The 2nd (current) bridge was built in 1950.

In February 1956, the status of town was confirmed, and in 1962, Freudenberg was awarded its current municipal coat of arms. Both Boxtal and Freudenberg became publicly recognized resorts in 1968. Freudenberg has been a part of Main-Tauber-Kreis since 1973.

Notable businesses in Freudenberg include the furniture manufacturing company Rauch Möbelwerke GmbH, founded in 1897. As part of their plant, Rauch have a zoo which the public are free to visit. It zoo exhibits exotic animals like monkeys, zebras, kangaroos.

Freudenberg is also home to the famous high-end distillery Brennerei Ziegler, manufacturing spirits since 1865.

Highlights: Freudenberg Theatre, Museum

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