This week I would like to present you a liitle bit my hometown. It is called Friedrichsdorf and has round about 24.000 inhabitants. But since it is next to the big city of Francfort ( 600.00 inhabitants) it seems to be a pretty small town. In addition, it is divided into four districts: Friedrichsdorf central, Seulberg, Burgholzhausen and Köppern. Until 1972 these four discricts have been own little villages. Therefore they all have a special history and are famous for something else. Köppern produces bricks, linen and leather, today it is known for its psychiatry. ( Also often used as a little insider among people from Friedrichsdorf^^.) Burgholzhausen is famous for farming and big field of fruits, like aplles and cherries. Seulberg is already very old. It was founded in 762. Seulberg is espacially known for its pottery, during the middle ages there happened also a few witch burnings. So it is a little bit the «mysterious» district of Friedrichsdorf.
Friedrichsdorf was «founded» by the hugenuots, french protestants who had to flee because the catholics in France did not want them in their country. Friedrich von Homburg allowed them to stay in his country and gave them land to live in. Since the hugenuots were very diligent and pretty good in crafts, Friedrichsdorf got a quiet important economic marketplace. In addition, it has a lot of french influence, until the first world War French has been the officially spoken language.
Furthermore, in Friedrichsdorf were born a few very important inventors. Phillip Reis who invented the telephone came from Friedrichsdorf, same as Madame Blanc, the wife of Francois Blanc, who founded the famous Casino in Monte Carlo. In addition, rusk was invented in Friedrichsdorf by enterprise «Milupa» that sells a lot of food for babys.
Friedrichsdorf is really a pretty nice city and when you come in the area of Francort you should visit it for sure! 😉
It has four primary schools and two secondary schools, a library, many parcs, a roller skating place, nice churches, an open-air-theater, a small shopping centre, nice museums, etc. And when you come in summer you should not miss the big outdoor pool! ;))