Ochsenfurt grew up around the furt, or ford, over the River Main. It is hard to believe this today, the river is deep enough for large freight barges to easily pass. Though, very recently, a large wild boar, escaping from hunters, swam the full width of the river and sprinted through the town, knocking down a shopper and breaking her leg!!!In 1519...more
You can find a large Tourist Information Centre on Hauptstrasse near the Old Rathaus [NB this is an update, I wasn't able to visit to see whether things have changed since it moved to its new, improved location].There is not much information on Ochsenfurt in the English language. I was given an A4 sized sheet in English and a fold out pamphlet in...more
As I was walking around Ochsenfurt, I came across a nicely painted statue of a Bull. There was a description about the Bull in German. I wondered if the "Bull" was like the "Buddy Bear's" and were bought by a Town, and the proceed's went to Charity.I like Art work, so I was happy to find a couple more Bull's!more
Located near the River Main bridge is the Heimatmuseum, a Heritage Museum. The building is from the 13th century, and on the outside are high-water marks from when the River flooded. Lucky there is a Dyke built now! Historic wine's, Buettner and crafts, info on the Guild system, City Hall and its tasks, can all be found in this Museum.The costume...more
The large building in my photo, was built in 1297 and then renovated between 1405 and 1493. It is a shadow of the former Palatine, which once belonged to the Wurzburg Cathedral Chapter.The renaissance building is the former home of the city mayor.It's quite an impressive building alongside the Town wall's.more
I continued walking past the Heitmatmuseum as I had seen an interesting Tower further on.This was a Town Gate, named Taubenturm mit Bollwerk. Located beside the Gate is an information board which I wish I had taken a photo of now! So sorry, I can't find information on this gate!The Gate is located at Vorhof 14.Turning left, and continuing my walk,...more
As I was walking along the Pfarrgasse, I noticed a nice statue of St. George slaying the Dragon. On looking higher, I found a staircase that led to two Churches that adjoin each other. These were built in the 14th century.I didn't go inside, but I believe they can be visited. From high up, there was a great view looking down onto St. George and the...more
After I finished watching the Astronomical Clock, I then walked down the Hauptstrasse.I think the whole street was wall to wall of house's & businesses built with Fachwerk.The building's were all different shapes, width's, height's, pattern's and colour's, what more can I say, than if you are in the area, make sure you come to Ochsenfurt and walk...more
The New Town Hall, "NEW" in 1497!I really liked this building! There is no way you could miss it, unless they change the colour from the bright vermillion it's painted in!At the top, are two pointed Turret's, and located between the two, is the Astronomical Clock and figure's dating back to 1505.The music box with its moving figure's, plays every...more
There are two small museums that I know of in Ochsenfurt. The Heimatmuseum is a small general town history museum, next to the bridge on Bruckenstrasse. The building is ancient, dating from the 13th century.Nearby on Spitalgasse is the Trachtenmuseum, where there is an interesting display of local costumes, clothing and uniforms. Both the...more
The so-called 'new' Town Hall was built in 1515. It is famous for its clock tower, which creates a fine performance at the top of each hour. A skeleton shakes a tankard while, either side, two local yeomen open and close their small windows with a clatter. At the very top of the tower are two bulls (the 'ochsen' in Ochsenfurt) who clash horns with...more
While the 'new' Rathaus was built in 1515, the Altenrathaus (just down the main road) dates back to the mid-13th century. It is a massive stone building with an equally massive sundial on the wall.
Not so long ago the lower floor of the Altenrathaus was used as a gardening shop. Things have changed for the better - you can now sit inside and eat a hot meal or a cake, washed down with coffee.
The interior is really very pleasant. Lots of rooms of various shapes and sizes, up stairs and around corners. Cafeteria style chairs and tables and also soft sofas, with views onto the street.
This boat line runs between Würzburg and Ochsenfurt.Würzburg...........................................ab 11.00 Uhr an 17.00 UhrRandersacker.....................................ab 11.30 Uhr an 16.30 UhrEibelstadt...........................................ab 12.00 Uhr an 16.15 UhrSommerhausen...................................ab 12.15 Uhr an 15.40...more
Ochsenfurt allows pedal cyclists to travel in either direction along the town's one-way system!Leading out of the town are a couple of excellent cycle routes. The other side of the Main, along its east bank from Kleinochsenfurt is a delightful riverside route leading to Sommerhausen and Winterhausen. These are both beautiful little towns....more
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Beware it is currently (2008) impossible to take a similar photograph to the one on my Ochsenfurt Page. The photo was taken from the middle of the historic Alte brucke (Old Bridge) over the River Main. In April 2007 the central span of the Old Bridge was demolished, allegedly because it was not strong or wide enough to take traffic!! The bridge dates from before 1500, though the long central span was a more recent 20th century reconstruction to allow boats to pass freely.
The central part of the bridge was a casualty of World War II. Apparently the townswomen of Ochsenfurt occupied the Old Bridge in 1945 to stop the German army from blowing up the medieval arches, but they were unsuccessful. I guess if they can lovingly rebuild the bridge once, then they can do it again. Let's hope so!
There is a modern road bridge 100m to the south of the Old Bridge. And a ferry service has been reintroduced just north of the Old Bridge, primarily (I believe) to get children to school.
The Trachten- und Heitmatmuseum is a museum about urban history, viticulture (wine production), Büttnerhandwerk (making butter by hand), and the guilds. Closed when I visited the city. Open Easter to October on Saturday, Sunday, and festival days from 14:30 (2:30pm) to 16:30 (4:30 pm). The museum is in a Schlosschen built in the 1300s.Look at the...more
A few kilometres along the main road (or railway) east of Ochsenfurt is Marktbreit. This extremely pretty town has a museum, 'castle', town walls and a pretty church (you can climb the tower here). Next to the river is an old crane, very similar to the Alter Kranen in Wurzburg. The town also boasts the second oldest hotel in Bavaria (they don't...more
Each year at Christmas time the Fossil Museum at Kleinochsenfurt hosts a Magic Show. The tickets sell out weeks in advance! Top local magicians, artists, ventriloquists, fire-eaters and acrobats entertain tables of adults and children for hours, surrounded by rocks, amonites, and replica pterodactyls. The small bar served Ochsener beer and home-made fossil-shaped cheese biscuits.
Obviously, the whole show was all in German, so many of the jokes were lost on me!! But the international language of slap-stick can be understood by even the most stupid foreigner. Robbie Robbix, an Australian acrobat, wowed the ladies with his tight trousers, theatrical smile and contortions to avoid hitting his head on the low ceiling.
And the night was proof (if any were needed) that Germans have a good sense of humour ;-)
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