Historic city hall

After the presentation of the market laws in 1586 the city hall was purchased as "old house" and thoroughly renovated. Sale-space in the open ground floor, council hall in the upper floor, access only via external stairway. Framework in the eastern gable and the north-eastern part of the upper floor from 1587.

Historisches Rathaus

Every day the chime sounds in the city hall tower:

11.01 o´clock - 15.01 o´clock - 18.01 o´clock

At first the stroke of the hour followed by a little sequence of tones as announcement of the real melody sounds. The repertoire of the bells reaches from the Rhön song to the Franconian song to melodies of Valentin Rathgeber, a baroque composer from the Rhön.

On Sundays and holidays chorales sound at the beginning of the day.

Historic city hall
Sehenswertes auf Schritt und Tritt

Our main attractions:

  • Fortified church, biggest fortified church in Germany. Monument of national importance. Guided tours for individuals every Wednesday (April to October) at 11 o´clock, for groups anytime by request (readily at short notice also). The fortified church museum in the stone sheds and the alternating exhibitions in the church-yard school cultural center can normally be visitied from Friday to Monday. For more information see www.lebendige-kirchenburg.de and www.kirchenburg-ostheim.de
  • Organ museum in the Hanstein castle. For more information call 09777/1743. Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday from 10 to 12 o´clock and from 13 to 17 o´clock. Sundays and holidays from 13 to 17 o´clock. Guided tours with live music for registered groups of 10 person and more, for museum concerts see event calendar.
  • Lichtenburg citadel with knight´s hall and general room which are open.
  • Hill graves
  • Bionade active park with Nordic walking and hiking trails in the premium area with new signposting and with all of the 15 trails starting at the parking lot "Streuwiese".
  • Cartwright museum, located in Market Street 9, open every Thursday from 9 o´clock until 12 o´clock. See www.wagnereimuseum.de