MÖRFELDEN-WALLDORF GERMANY (near Frankfurt am Main)
Morfelden-Walldorf Travel Blog› entry 63 of 116 › view all entries
Jeff lived in the little Fankfurt suburb of Mörfelden-Walldorf from 1993-1994 and was the only American in the all-German band Das Blasorchester der SKV Mörfelden (like the American Y.M.C.A.). When we live on the East Coast of the US, we always try to visit our band friends from Mörfelden Blasorchester. We decided to visit 3 countries for Christmas, New Years and Jenny's brithday from 23 December 2002 to 4 January 2003. We stopped in Mörfelden on the first leg of the trip and returned again at the end of the trip to celebrate Jenny's birthday.
With a population of 33,721 in 2006, the twin towns of Mörfelden-Walldorf came into being on 1 January 1977 through the merger of the until then independent towns of Mörfelden and Walldorf, due to pressure from the City of Frankfurt. There is an intersting history lesson about the towns:
Mörfelden was first mentioned in the "Lorscher Reichsurbar" of 830 to 850 under the name "Mersenualt". The church was mentioned as early as 1304 as being the "Parish Church with branch at the Gundhof". In the 15th and 16th centuries, Mörfelden became a significant tradepost with a population of 500, but the Thirty Years War set back the development of the village. It was repeatedly plundered and ravaged, and the plague took its toll. In the 19th century, however, the village benefited anew from economic development, and from the arrival of a railway line. The village developed early on into a community of workers, who commuted towards nearby cities. The inhabitants specialised as construction workers, and Mörfelden became known as the "bricklayers village". [Wikipedia Citation]
Many half-timber homes still remain in the area and the forest presereves to the north of the town have many miles of pathways to explore. The annual Jazzfest at the Goldener Apfel (Golden Apple Restaurant) was a highlight of my tour at Rhein-main AB, playing impromptu jazz trumpet in front of 5,000 cheerfully drunk Germans!