Henkersteg, Nürnberg

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    HENKERSTEG [HANGMAN'S BRIDGE]

    by balhannah Updated Jul 8, 2013

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    I have decided to follow the River Pegnitz and cross the River each time I see a bridge.
    The next bridge I came too, was a wooden, covered Bridge that was built in 1457. Named "Hangmans' Bridge," I was wondering if hangings took place here. I believe they didn't, it was named such, as the Nuremberg hangman lived in the tower and the roofed walk above the river Pegnitz.
    The "Hangman" had to live in accommodation away from the people of the city, but also within the city. Being a Hang-man would have been rather lonely as his trade was considered "dishonest". The towns-folk avoided him like the plague, they feared contamination and exclusion from the Christian community.

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    Henkersteg

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Jun 8, 2011

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    The Hangman's Bridge (Henkersteg) was constructed in 1457 as a wooden bridge. Between the 16th and the 19th century, the Nuremberg hangman lived in the tower and the roofed walk above the river Pegnitz.
    After the flood of 1595, three arches of the town wall bridging the southern arm of the river Pegnitz were demolished and replaced by the wooden Hangman's Bridge with its tiled roof (reconstructed in 1954).
    You will also see Hallertor, Schlayerturm, Kettensteg and Kettenbrücke.

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    Henkersteg: Picturesque River View

    by Kathrin_E Updated Jul 6, 2010

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    Bloody history but romantic present: The so-called Henkersteg (hangman’s bridge) provides the most picturesque view along the Pegnitz river. The location is a bit off the beaten path so many visitors miss it, which is a pity. The best view is from Maxbrücke.

    The wooden bridges connect the western tip of the Pegnitz island (where the Trödelmarkt is) with both river banks. The little house at the end of the island was inhabited by the city’s hangman in former times. This profession was considered dishonourable, so the tenants were outcasts in the city. The house is a museum but with very limited opening hours.

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    Weinstadel and Henkersteg

    by antistar Written Jun 23, 2005

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    Weinstadel and Henkersteg, Nuremberg

    On the river just up from Karlsbrücke is the magnificent old buildings of the Weinstadel and Henkersteg, the former wine depot and the Hangman's Bridge. The Weinstadl is easily one of the finest of the old buildings in the city, and its location is just perfect. It was originally built around the mid 15th century to house the lepers that were excluded from the main city. After 1571 it became a wine store, hence its present name.

    Right next door to the leper house was the home of another outcast: Nuremberg's executioner. This man's job was considered so unwholesome and undignified that he was required to live within the city in isolation. The tower and bridge were his home. People avoided physical contact with him, and he was even excluded from membership of the church. The wooden footbridge has existed there since 1457, but the current triple-arched Henkersteg was built in 1595.

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    Henkersteg

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Jul 8, 2011
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    The Henkersteg in Nürnberg is a wood-covered historic bridge, connecting the "Henkersturm" (home of the city executioner) on the "Trödelmarkt" - island and the Unschlittplatz over the river Pegnitz.

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    Henkersteg

    by AnnaLupilla Updated May 13, 2006
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    This little bridge was formerly known as "Bei dem Hieserlein". Benannt nach dem anliegenden Henkerturm, ehemals Wohnung des Scharfrichters; aus dem 15. Jahrhundert

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