Lt. Dave Williams and Family at jail in Muenchberg, Germany
Lt. Dave Williams and Family with the Mayor Fien of Munchberg, Germany
Lt. Dave Williams and Family with First Lady Lieselotte and host family
Incredible snow amounts in Muenchberg, Germany. Just outside Mayor Thomas Fein's Home
We are pleased to announce we will have visitors from Muenchberg, Germany in Jefferson City from Sept 3, 2010 to Sept 7, 2010.
Read Title and Subtitle Translations for Münchberg Magazin
Below is a picture of Becca Landwehr (daughter of the John and Peggy Landwehr), Cousin Elizabeth and two friends visited Muenchberg in June and were greeted warmly at the train station by Mayor Fein and First Lady Lieselotte, Heinz Muenchberger, and Andreas Rat as shown on the photo. The four students had a splendid time visiting Muenchberg and saw many interesting sites in the area during their stay.
Münchberg, also spelled Muenchberg when the two dots over the u are omitted, is pronounced "Minch-behrk." It is a city of about 12,000 people plus several thousand more in nearby villages and countryside. Muenchberg is in Upper Franconia (Oberfranken), in extreme northeast Bavaria. It is only 14 miles from the Czech border, which was for a long time the "Iron Curtain" that separated free Europe from communist Europe. Muenchberg is about 140 miles north of Munich, the capital of Bavaria, and 170 miles south of Berlin, federal capital of Germany. Its location is somewhat similar to Jefferson City's location midway between metropolitan St. Louis and Kansas City. Muenchberg lies on the autobahn (superhighway) that connects Munich and Berlin. It is only 20 miles from Bayreuth, home of the famous Wagner music festivals.
Muenchberg's origins go back to the tenth century. Its name comes from a monastery established there at that time. In German, "mönch" means monk, and "berg" means hill. The first church was built in 1240. Reformation ideas swept over the region in the early sixteenth century, and Lutheran evangelical services began in 1529, only twelve years after Martin Luther posted his theses. Muenchberg suffered grievously during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), which was fought over religion. Later, after occupation by French troops during the Napoleonic years (1806-1815), Muenchberg and its region were put into the kingdom of Bavaria. Whereas Muenchberg and its region were Lutheran Evangelical in faith, the kingdom of Bavaria was officially Roman Catholic. This difference mattered greatly at a time when religion was extremely important in political and economic affairs and probably prompted many residents of Muenchberg and Upper Franconia to emigrate in the ensuing decades. Muenchberg emigration to Jefferson City and Cole County began in the 1840s.
During the 1800s Muenchberg became a center for textiles. The first railroad came to Muenchberg in 1848 (first railroad to Jefferson City in 1856). A Catholic church was consecrated in 1906. Because of its relatively isolated location during World War II, Muenchberg escaped most of the physical destruction of that war. Buildings in the older parts of the city and in the region survived the war intact. In the years after World War II (which ended in 1945) Muenchberg became the home for approximately three thousand German refugees and expellees fleeing communist Eastern Europe. Muenchberg was in the American zone of occupation after the war. Since the war, Muenchberg has participated in the Germany miracle of economic progress and has become as modern as any German city of its size. In 1990 Muenchberg developed a pedestrian shopping mall, Lindenstrasse or Linden Street, along the small stream that runs through the center of the town.
Muenchberg today promotes itself as (1) a historical center of the textile and clothing industry; (2) a city with excellent schools, including a state vocational school, state nursing school, and state agricultural school; (3) a city known for its fine shopping center; (4) the gateway for the Fichtelgebirge (Fichtel Hills) and Frankenwald (Franconian Forest) recreation areas, which include natural, forested, semi-mountainous tracts. Muenchberg is noted for its hotels and guesthouses (bed and breakfasts) and for its local cuisine, including excellent Franconian pastries. There is a major museum devoted to the textile industry as well as several other museums. The city is known as the cultural center of the region. In summer it puts on "Wiesenfest," or Meadow Festival, that attracts people from a wide region. It holds summer concerts and other music events in its parks, on streets, and in shopping centers. Known for its music, Muenchberg holds its widely known "Bach Days." The Evangelical Church Choir and the Münchberger Bach Choir have organ and choral concerts. Muenchberg has several sports clubs, soccer fields, swimming pools and other recreational facilities. It also has a Turk-Islamic Association for Culture and Religion.
Muenchberg is governed by an elected city council of 24 members plus a mayor, currently Thomas Fein.
For more information, visit the web site: www.muenchberg.de