Miltenberg Local Customs

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    Half-timbered details and strange beam

    by Trekki Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    Many of the half-timbered houses have exceptionally beautiful carved and often coloured corner beams, like the ones in my photo (close to Riesen Gasthaus). One detail I would have missed if our guide wouldn’t have pointed it out to us: one of the window beams has an inscription, but it is upside down (photo 2 and 5). Maybe the carpenter was drunk? Haha.

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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    Half timbered houses galore :-)

    by Trekki Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    Miltenberg is full of half-timbered houses, and can easily compete with oh-so-famous Rothenburg (which doesn’t even have a river next to it, haha). The old town is simply a pleasure to walk through, especially in summer when the house inhabitants have decorated their houses with plant pots and everything is green and colourful. I liked the one in photo 4, maybe because its rather unusual light brown colour but definitely for the very much colourful dots of begonia in the pots.
    Walk around, walk into the little side streets and you will have a full impression of this half-timbered house galore.

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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    Dreamy gardens and house entrances

    by Trekki Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    The thing which fascinated me maybe more than the half timbered house galore when I strolled through Miltenberg were the charming and dreamy little gardens. This is especially atmospheric since many of these are contored and bent, just like the back streets of the town. Just like out of a fairy tale book :-) It also somehow reflects the characters of Miltenberg’s inhabitants – open and friendly and welcoming.

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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    More house details, years and others

    by Trekki Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    In addition to Madonna statues and defending faces, many of Miltenberg’s houses also have carvings of the year of built somewhere at the facade. Mostly they are on the vertical beam of the entrance doors. I also liked the huge keyhole and the sundial in the parish garden of St. Johannes church (the one with the stained glass windows). Although these need a bit of care, the dial looks quite rusty. Another thing you will find in Miltenberg’s streets quite often is old street signs, with the old German lettering like in my last photo. Christine.j gave a good description of these old letters and how to read them on her Germany page.

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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    A very much unusual little house :-)

    by Trekki Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    This house is fun to look at, no matter from which side. It is built rectangular to the other houses and connects them. Well, this is not the unusual thing but the archway below the house certainly is. The house is quite old and it seems that the floors are also slightly bent. It was renovated in 2005 and I loved the sign which refers to this (see photo). It is in funny German language with a rhyme and says “B. hat’s g’malt und D. hat’s g’zahlt”, which means Mr. B. has painted it and Mr. D. has paid for it.
    The house is located near the St. Jakobus church. Walk past the church into the yard and then you will see it in the west.

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    Defending faces and knights :-)

    by Trekki Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    Like the madonna statues were meant to defend houses, also carved faces are quite prominent at many old houses in Miltenberg. These also have the purpose to defend the houses from evil. I especially liked the one in my main photo (it is of a house opposite of this little park with the statue of the Swedish Music Academy director. Most probably a shop again, when I was there, a tourist goods shop had sale because of cessation of business). The letters GTK seem to refer to either the owners or builder and I love that heart with the flowers. The knight in the last photo is most probably a giant, because he sits at the top of Gasthaus Riesen.

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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    "Door collectors" will be thrilled!

    by Trekki Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    I know that we have quite a lot of “door collectors” on VT and most probably also outside of VT. Miltenberg is a fantastic place to go “door hunting”. Many of the doors are very beautiful and often from several epochs. Naturally most are of the sandstone type and in summer they make very picturesque motifs like the one in my main photo. This is in the museum courtyard and... yes, it looks like it would be the toilet, given the two heart shapes in the door. But it is locked, so I assume it must be the door to the storage of the museum cafe. The other door i found interesting is the sandstone one (photo 3) with the tree carving. Door 4 is an art deco door, entrance next to a clothing shop which has even more elements of art deco inside. (located next to Cafe Sell in the main street).

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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    Madonna statues everywhere on houses

    by Trekki Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    Miltenberg was property of Mainz‘ bishopric since ages, so it is most natural that it is perceived as “catholic”. I found it quite interesting how many madonnas and religious statues can still be found at old houses and along the streets. Statue “hunting”, that’s a really nice thing to do in Miltenberg. So look up.

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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    A star signifies licence to brew beer

    by Trekki Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    This was a nice example for life long learning. When we passed Riesen Gasthaus, our guide pointed to the star and mentioned that this would signify the licence to brew beer. I looked it up later and found some interesting facts about this star. It is the sign of beer brewers and shows that a house has the licence to brew own beer. Its origin is most probably in alchemy, where the hexagram (or overlapping triangles) stands for the elements. Another explanation is that the star protects against fire and demons, which were especially dangerous in the old days of half-timbered houses.
    From what I have read it is only a historical coincidence that the “beer” star looks the same as the Star of David.

    This beer star is quite common in the typical beer regions of Germany, like Bavaria and southern Baden-Württemberg.

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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    What's that doggie in the window? :-)

    by Trekki Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    This is more of a fun “tip” than informative, but this dog was so cute I simply had to take a photo. Our guide said that he sits in that window all day long and watches the world going by. But the guide didn’t know the name and later I forgot to ask the owners of the shop on the other side of the house. It is in Hauptstraße, the main street, near the old city hall.
    (I know, you Sergey, will love that dog as well :-)

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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    Beer, beer - oh, did I mention beer?

    by Trekki Updated Dec 9, 2010

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    Beer, yes, Miltenberg is famous for that. Up to now, they have two breweries in town, Faust and Kalt-Loch. Faust means fist and I found their brewery sign especially funny (main photo).

    There is another brewery up on the hills on the other side of the river. I only saw it from the distance but since I was in Miltenberg by car, I didn’t want to drink beer. This is even a monastery and they also sell this beer in their shop:
    Engelberg, Franziskaner Kloster
    They also make liquor and serve snacks. From their website I got that the view must be spectacular. A good reason to go up next time and make sure that I have a bed and don’t need to drive.

    © Ingrid D., March 2010

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