Dinkelsbühl Things to Do

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    Debtor's Prison and Town Wall

    by Maryimelda Written Apr 23, 2013

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    The Debtor's Prison and Caretaker's Lodge sits on the pond right near one of the entrances to Dinkelsbuehl. It makes a lovely sight but in it's original application would have been a house of horror for those housed there. It also forms part of the fortifications of the city or the Town Wall which still stands today and can be accessed at many different places around the town.

    My pictures show various accesses to the Wall. Some of them will require a careful look on the part of the viewer.

    The Debtor's Prison on the Wall. The wall at the end of the street Steps to the Wall on the left Steps to the right of the tower
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    Weinmarkt

    by Maryimelda Updated Apr 23, 2013

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    In the Weinmarkt there can be found a number of buildings which were originally storehouses for tradesmen and merchants in medieval times. In the main photo you can see the red building which was known as the Ratsherrnstube. It served as a tavern for the city councillors, but was also where the scales for the goods being sold in the market were held. The more influential of the merchants could stay there when visiting the town as well.

    The green building next door is a Patrician’s house with stepped gable. It is a guesthouse today.

    The third building along from the Ratsherrnstube was known as the Deutsches Haus and is an example of the wooden design of the German Renaissance period. It was home to the counts of Drechsel-Deufstetten. Today it is a very popular hotel.

    City Councillor's Tavern and Deutsches-Haus Street sign on corner The other side of the street.
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    The Kornhaus

    by Maryimelda Updated Apr 23, 2013

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    I have long been known for doing things upside down, inside out or back to front and my experience of the Kornhaus in Dinkelsbuehl is yet another example of my expertise in this field. I arrived at the Church of the Three Kings and noticed this building almost adjacent to it. My walking map of the town indicated that this was the Kornhaus but the drawing on the map didn't look like this building at all. So I took a couple of photos and went away shaking my head and thinking that I would have to do further research.

    I have only recently found out that the photos I took are indeed of the Kornhaus. Only difference is that all the clever people photographed it from the front whereas I opted for the rear view. Oh well, that's me I guess. It was still quite interesting from behind albeit a little shabby. It was built in the 16th century as a grain store and has had a number of uses since then. I believe it is a hostel now.

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    Benninger and Hauber

    by Maryimelda Written Apr 23, 2013

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    Benninger and Hauber is a florist shop in Dinkelsbuehl which really caught my eye. It has an extremely attractive facade which is adorned with a wonderful fresco of the Holy Family over the door. From time to time in my travels I have come across shops like this that for no apparent reason apart from their obvious visual appeal, really attract my interest. Benninger & Hauber is one such establishment.

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    Segringer Gate.....

    by Maryimelda Updated Dec 12, 2009

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    The Segringer Gate was very badly damaged by the Swedes in the mid 17th century. Not long after, it fell to the ground and had to be rebuilt literally from the ground up. The builder was the Italian Antonio Don and he rebuilt the tower in 1655 in Baroque style. There are steps down to the town moat from the Segringer gate.

    Segringer Gate.....
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    Walk the Walk......

    by Maryimelda Written Dec 12, 2009

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    As with so many European towns and cities, the best way to familiarise yourself with the place is to go for a good long walk and Dinkelsbuehl is no exception. What delightful streets with the beautiful old timbered houses all kept lovingly in first rate condition. The colours and the flowers, the writing on every building, the cobblestones etc.... it just goes on and on. Go for a walk with no other purpose in mind but to see what you can see. You won't be disappointed.

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    Karmeliterkloster (Church of St Paul)

    by Maryimelda Updated Dec 12, 2009

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    The site of the present day Sankt Paulskirche was originally the site of the Carmelite Monastery (Karmeliterkloster). The Monastery dated back to the 13th century and and was originally founded by the Carmelit monks from Wurzburg. After some toing and froing in the wake of the Thirty Years War, it became the site for the Protestant Church of St Paul, built in the Baroque style between 1840 and 1843. Today it is primarily used as a training college for music of the Middle District.

    Sankt Paulskirche..... Crucifix..... Main altar..... Organ Loft.......
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    The statue outside the Muenster.....

    by Maryimelda Updated Dec 10, 2009

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    Every year they hold in Dinkelsbuehl, a pageant called "Kinderzeche". The pageant commemorates the time during the 30 years War when the town was besieged by a Swedish Colonel by the name of Sperreuth. The town elders were literally on the verge of unconditional surrender to the Swedes when Kinderlore, the daughter of the watchman, arrived on the scene with a large group of children. Showing no fear, they confronted the invaders by singing before them. The story goes that Sperreuth had recently lost a young son and he was so overcome by the appearance of the children that he spared Dinkelsbuehl from any damage. The statue was built by way of a memorial of this event.

    Kinderzeche memorial statue.....
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    Rothenburg Tower Gate

    by Maryimelda Updated Dec 10, 2009

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    The Rothenburg Tower Gate is a stepped gable with flat columns. It dates back to the latter half of the 14th century. The town was well equipped with strong fortifications which is illustrated in the projecting construction complete with hipped roof, bays and tar holes. The second level is where the torture chamber and prison cells are housed.

    Rothenburg Tower Gate....
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    St George's Muenster.....

    by Maryimelda Written Dec 10, 2009

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    St. George’s Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic churches in Germany, was built at the intersection of the old trade routes in the second half of the 15th century. It is probably the most prominent of all the buildings in Dinkelsbuehl. The tower is open for energetic visitors who want to climb about 200ft up, but the view is well worth the effort.

    St Georg's Muenster.... Side wall crucifix..... The pulpit....... Carved pew ends.....
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    Visit the body of a saint

    by TempNomad Written Oct 25, 2005

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    In the church in the center of town you can visit the corpse of a saint/martyr. It's interesting to check him out, and it's also kind of gross. Fun for all! You're not supposed to climb on the dais/pedestal area, but most of the people I saw still did. Perhaps because "bitte nicht betreten" was unrecognizable to most of the visitors.

    Definitely worth a look-see!

    He's kind of like a warped Sleeping Beauty... Besides the corpse, the church is pretty cool too
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    Off the beaten track

    by TempNomad Written Oct 2, 2005

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    You actually can go over the river and through the woods (albeit tiny woods) in Dinkelsbuehl. Don't hesitate to leave the town gates and wander past the wall. There are plenty of "secret" entrances by which you can return. We loved the unpopulated areas we found as we wandered.

    This is one of the Deserted streets are your reward for getting off-t

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    Always take a moment to look behind you

    by TempNomad Written Oct 2, 2005

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    While walking around town, make sure to occasionally stop and turn around. Some of the best views and lovliest places can be found that way. The town invites a leisurely stroll, so take it up on the offer. Enjoy!

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    Admire the architecture

    by TempNomad Written Oct 2, 2005

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    Walk around the town and soak in the quaint and lovely style of the buildings. The juxtaposition of the old and new is striking when you compare the homes with the widescreen televisions you can peek at through the windows. The facades are gorgeous, and if you are lucky enough to find a quiet street without cars, you can pretend you've traveled back hundreds of years.

    I would have loved to get inside this building The shapes of the buildings are enhanced by colorf

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    Rest stops Dinkelsbuehl style

    by TempNomad Written Oct 2, 2005

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    Make sure to stop by at the center fountains that are sprinkled around the town. They have some interesting details, and they are usually near an ice cream shop or cafe. There is one by the main gate leaving Dinkelsbuehl, and another is more central. I suppose they are not exactly fountains; at least they weren't spouting water when we were there. They sure are pretty though!

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