Chapel Three Kings
Strangest landmark of Dinkelsbuehl is this: Chapel Three Kings, a single storey building with pointed arched windows, first mentioned in 1378. Now a war memorial chapel. Maybe some VT member from Dinkelsbuehl could clear for us which were the three kings that the name reffers to :)
On and Off the Road In Dinkelsbuhl
"Pretty Medieval Town in Bavaria"
Had I known it would take two hours by train from Stuttgart to Alsbach and then another hour on a public bus to Dinkelsbuhl, I would have left much earlier. Unfortunately, the haze from participating in the Volksfest the night before and then watching one of the Eurocup matches caused a slight delay in getting boot to trail.
This place is best visited via car. The train/bus system works, but it takes a long time as the bus stops every 3-4 kilometers. On the plus side, there is a busy bus stop right outside the Ansbach bus station and the 805 bus to Dinkelsbuhl runs fairly frequently. Once you reach Dink (there did not seem to be any signs saying Dink), there were also not any signs pointing to the old town and the stop was fairly deserted at noon. Using time honed hunting skills I deduced where the old medieval town should be and started walking downhill toward where a river or stream should be. Alas, after a few minutes of walking there was a sign pointing to historiche. A few minutes later I was within the old walls.
Earliest records indicate settlement around 730, with fortifications and a moat in the 10th Century at the intersection of two major trading routes. It was made an Imperial Free City in 1274, which included mill rights, and cloth measuring. During the 30 Years War from 1618 to 1648 it changed hands eight times. In 1826 King Ludwig I of Bavaria issued a decree to prevent the city walls and towers from being pulled down.