Ochsenfurt, Germany

Ochsenfurt is a town in the district of Wurzburg, in Bavaria, Germany.

It is situated on the left bank of the River Main, crossed by a stone bridge, 21 kilometres (13 miles) south from Wurzburg by the railway to Munich and at the junction of a line to Rottingen.

Like Oxford, the town of Ochsenfurt is named after a ford where oxen crossed the river.

It contained in 1911 one Evangelical and five Roman Catholic churches, among them that of St Michael, a fine Gothic edifice.

There is a considerable trade in wine and agricultural products, other industries being brewing and malting. It also has one of the largest sugar factories in Germany.

It was one of the places in Germany that King Richard I of England was detained in 1193 while the king was returning to England from the Third Crusade.

The premises of the former Carthusian monastery here, Tuckelhausen Charterhouse, secularised in 1803 and largely converted for private residential use, contain a museum of Carthusian life. The monastery, dedicated to Saints Lambert, John the Baptist and George, was founded in 1138 by Otto I, Bishop of Bamberg, as a double canonry of the Premonstratensians. From 1351 it belonged to the Carthusians.

While cruises are available year round generally the Atlantic island cruises are escapes from the northern winter (October to March) while cruises to the European Capitals are scheduled through the northern summer (May to September).

Population: 11,000 (2013)
Language: German
Currency: Euro
Time zone: CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes: 97199
Dialling codes: 09331

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