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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.
Written Dec 29, 2005
Address: Altenrathaus, Hauptstrasse
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.
Updated Jan 4, 2008
lonestar_philomath Says: 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...
Fondest memory: 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 ;-)
Trias Museum tel.: 09331 2873
Written Jan 1, 2006