BURGERMEISTER ELSASSER HAUS - 1717
The 16th century half-timbered building BURGERMEISTER ELSASSER HAUS is located at Obere (Upper) Turmgasse 1. This is a fabulous building with a Baroque Bay Window (circa 1717). The detailing in the front is wonderful to see.
American Bald Eagle at German birdwatch
The American Bald Eagle is the symbol for the Unites States. The eagle became the national symbol in 1782 when the Great Seal of the Unites States was adopted.
Beginning at the turn of the century, the bald eagle population dropped dramatically, and the status was upgraded to "threatened". These and many other facts about many different birds are to be learned at the German birdwatch as well as actually getting those birds (eagles, owls, vultures etc.) "introduced".
The drive from Bad Wimpfen to this German Raptor Research Centre takes about 30 mns.
Bernolph Frhr. v. Gemmingen
Bad Wimpfen - like a page out of the history book
"Staging the Emperor's Entrance"
This year, 2010, it's 775 years ago that the Staufer Emperor Frederic II held court in Bad Wimpfen. There are several plays and parades in order of this big event in the history of the town.
Bad Wimpfen takes great pride in its very old history and the actors do a great job.
Bad Wimpfen is a small town with a beautiful medieval center, about 45 minutes from Heidelberg.It's very much off the beaten path. I think it's one of the few medieval towns in Germany where I heard only German spoken in the streets, no tourists at all. However the local dialect sometimes is harder to understand than English.
An exception to this is the time of the Christmas market, when busloads of tourist arrive for the famous market there.
When walking up the hill the main street coming from the train station, look up and you can see this knight guarding the entrance to Bad Wimpfen.
In many guide books about Bad Wimpfen you can still read about the angel museum. The owner of this museum died and the family couldn't keep it open, so the museum doesn't exist any more.
It's a pity, this was a nice, small museum which showed lots about guardian angels in art.