BAD WINDSHEIM WOULD HAVE ABOUT THE BEST VARIETY OF HALF - TIMBERED HOUSE'S YOU COULD SEE.
I walked many of the streets, and really enjoyed what I saw. I didn't see all by far, as if you look at the listed website, there are many photo's of these "jewel's" in this Town.
Some I saw, that I haven't written about are.....
The RECTOR HOUSE, built in 1587, [photo1/2]
The Market Square in Bad Windsheim is worth a wander around.
When restructuring and digging in this square, architectural treasures of the Middle Ages and graves were found.
The Rathaus is here, and there is a very nice Rococco building built in 1743 and the Apothoke which is painted green [see photo] dating from 1717.
The Fountain, with a Statue of Kaiser Karl VI  is surrounded by a well of water and nice flower's.
There are shop's and Cafe's, so somewhere to rest those weary leg's too!
St.Maria Am See in Bad Windsheim was founded around 1400, and was dedicated to the Maritime
Chapel in Bad Windsheim.
What I liked about this Church, was the Spire that was a dark Green and patterned. I read that the roof is made out of brick's, so I guess this is correct?
I then walked inside to see the interior's that only date back to 1725.
It was fairly plain, but had a lovely wood carving worth seeing.
Located in the Kornmarkt, is the Opotheke [pharmacy], built in 1318, making it one of the oldest houses in Franconia. It is the oldest timber-framed house bathroom home.
There are some other nice half-timbered building's in the Kornmarkt, and a fountain with a sculpture of a couple dancing.
A pity that I can find out very little about this yard.
It is known as "The old building yard in Bad Windsheim," where they did carpentry work from 1441. It is one of the largest wooden architecture structure's of the middle ages and I think a MUST SEE!
I don't know if you are allowed in, so I only took a photo and viewed this enormous roofed building from the gateway!
Quite an amazing sight!
This interesting House, I found in what was the wood market in Bad Windsheim.
I think it reminded me a little of a small chapel! The Brick building is built in gothic revival style and has stepped gable's and turret's that make it rather attractive! Only built in 1894, it's not that old compared to lots of other building's in Bad Wersheim.
Nearby, is the old man's yard that date's back to 1441.
This is the name of the streeet that I walked along.
It is on the walking / information map supplied by the Tourist Information Centre for a cost of 3.5euros. No good for me, as only in German, but I did find out which street's to walk to see the best!
Not only did I get to see lot's of historic building's and Museum's, but some very brightly painted buildings with Traufbauten middle bay, these dated back to 1751.
The lovely Cream & Brown half-timbered building in my photo, turned out to be "The Imperial City Museum in Ochsenhof."
The "Ochsenhof, built in 1537, was once a Granary.
Now it's a Museum covering the 1,200years of history in Windsheim. Most of the items have been kindly donated, so the permanent exhibition is spread over four floors, showing furniture and utensil's, copper, brassware, family document's, history of Peasant's and craft's, in fact, anything to do with the daily live's of the people who lived in Bad Wersheim.
Other exhibition's are on display, and these change periodically.
The Museum is OPEN>>>>>>
Holy Saturday until the end of October Saturday
Sunday and holidays from 2 - 5 pm, till second on the four Advent weekends, Christmas Day, 01 and 06 January, and all Saturdays and Sundays in January.
ADMISSION IN 2011......ADULTS...3 euros Child 6 - 18 years 2 euros.
Special tours for groups are possible at any time by prior appointment at the following telephone numbers: (0 98 41) 10 73 (during opening times), (0 98 41)
The Brown / Red building with the Tower next door, is the Turnhalle.
In 1928, The Bad Windsheim Roland statue was erected in the square, and in 1928 it was consecrated.
This large statue of fossilized sandstone, is a height of eleven meters.
The figure depicts a knight, holding a sword with both hand's, with the tip placed on the floor. On the right side, the Windsheimer emblem is incorporated into the armor.
The statue is a memorial to the victims of the Franco-German War, the First World War and World War II.
Roland is traditionally found in old medieval towns (which Bad Windsheim is) but his presence here stands as war memorial instead of marking the town as a “free” city.
Looking at the website, I found there are quite a number of "Roland's" scattered around Germany.
Most of them are quite different and interesting.
The Church of St. Kilian was located close to the Rathaus.
The church dates back to a church of St. Martin in the year 740. In 1200, St. Kilian's Church was built, but was burnt down along with the art works by Tilman Riemenschneider in the great fire of 1730.
Inside, it is quite plain with very little decoration, but does have a nice Organ that has been recently restored.
The Tower you see when entering Bad Windsheim, is the Tower of this Church.
Open the rear door in Luther square to enter the Church.
Monday to Friday 9.30 - 4.45PM
Saturday and Sunday 9.30 - 5PM
Located in Bad Windsheim's Market Square, is the historic Rathaus. It was built in the Baroque style from 1713 to 1717.
It was burnt down by fire in December 1730, and it wasn't until July 1732 it was rebuilt. It has a lovely Astronomical Clock on top of the Rathaus.
The Bauernhof is a working farm from the Furth area. There are four building's in this group dating from 1684 to 1850.
I went into the Barn first, and here the Goat's were very happy to see me! They thought I had food for them, so they were out of luck, a pat on the head was all I could give!
There were Pig's in the pig-sty, a mother Pig and her Piglet's.
In the next section were the Cow's.
I walked around the yard, and then went into the Farmer's house to see how life was back then.
An interesting area!
Coming across the Jura Village, I noticed a distinct change in the style of building's.
They were different in that stone, and what looked like mud, may have been used as building material's.
Located here, was a lovely little Chapel, closed, but I could peer throught the window's!
On display in this Village were two Farm's, the Chapel, an Inn and a Herdsman's House.
I walked and walked, looking into every building that I could.
In one, I found a display of old Tractor's, another of old vehicle's and farm implement's.
Then in another old building, they were restoring the Wagon Wheel's. I saw how they managed to get the water from the Well in the old fashioned way, and some other working equipment that I can't remember what it is.
Everywhere I went, there is a number and a description of what you are looking at. The trouble was, the brochure was only in German, so not much use to me!
As I continued on my way, in the first area, I discovered many different Barn's & Farmhouse's which had old, restored building's from the area of Grabfeld, Bavaria.
The Farmstead from Bahra, had a main building, with a pigsty, barn and drying house with a fruit kiln. A "Dröcke" (sort of balcony for drying herbs, fruit etc.) is typical of House's in the border area of Lower Franconia and Thuringia.
The next Farmstead was from Trappstadt, Grabfeld, and had a main House and Stable which was dated back to 1724. It also had a fruit kiln.
The last one, came from Muhfeld in Grabfeld, and had Stable's, Pigsty and Cow-shed that are about 300years old, and have been brought here from Herbstadt, Grabfeld.
I really loved these old building's, and was so glad they had been saved! Volunteer's from the Museum were working on restoring them when I was there. They certainly made them a solid structure back them with solid beam's that would last forever!