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Müllheim Town Tour

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Müllheim is a small market town of approximately 12,000 people, located on the B3 road between Freiburg to the north and Basel to the south. The Black Forest rises to the east, and to the west the Rhine plain extends towards the French Vosges Mountains.

The town itself can trace its roots back to 758 A.D. when the area was part of the Frankish empire, but remains of a 1st/2nd century A.D. Roman villa have been found where St Martins church now stands. Müllheim was first allowed to hold a market in 1698, and in 1810 the Grand Duke of Baden granted Müllheim its town charter.

The town is traditionally the centre of 'Markgräfler' land: border territories ruled by March Lords ("Markgrafen", which translates literally as Margraves). The actual extent of Markgräflerland today is a little vague, and subject to varying definitions, but its history lies in the various houses of Baden that ruled the area as Margraves from the 12th century on: the main House of Baden  its cousins the houses of Baden-Hachberg and Hachberg-Sausenberg  and its successor houses of Baden-Baden and Baden-Durlach (which finally united the line once again under the House of Baden in 1771).

The area is wine country, and the slopes that rise on three sides around the town are covered with vines. The town boasts a wine co-operative - the Lindenhof - and a number private vintners, all of which offer the opportunity for a little wine tasting ("Weinprobe" in German). There are no large hotel chains, but there is plenty of more traditional guesthouse accommodation available. Dining opportunities range from Turkish kebab houses and Italian ice parlours to fine German cuisine (don't forget to check the guesthouse menus as well), and the spacious pedestrian area at the top end of town hosts a variety of events throughout the year.

Visitors to Müllheim today may notice that some of the buildings, particularly around the pedestrianised Markgräfler Platz and Wilhelmstrasse, display perspex plaques with information in German and French. Alamanicus is pleased to offer translations in this virtual tour for English speaking visitors. This site is mobile ready so, if you have a roaming data plan, you can let Alamanicus be your virtual tour guide to Müllheim.

The tour starts at the Markgräfler Museum in the Blankenhornpalais, on the pedestrianised Wilhelmstraße, and takes in the following stops...

 

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Alamanicus is wandering his old Alemanni haunts, revisiting the places where once he used to drink, carouse, and beat up the odd Roman legionnaire or two. Things have moved on since his day, and the old Alemanni country now lies across south west Germany, French Alsace, and northern Switzerland. Cut through by the mighty Rhine, it is an area of great beauty, and a lot has happened there since Alamanicus last walked this land.

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