Wandering about the town is a real pleasure. It’s compact and attractive. It’s all I’ve been able to do on my 2 visits (so far) - circumstances.
At least on the last visit the weather was dry and bright, which made all the difference.
Don’t miss the wooden bridge across the river!
By luck we approached the town from the south east, so the way in was across the Inn by the old wooden bridge - the Innbrücke.
Also by chance, we decided to park before crossing, so we walked across. It had been raining non-stop for about 24 hours by then, so the river was very high.
Spectacular. And a bit scary.
The bridge looks old, but only dates from 1929 with some renewals in 1982-3. It has been there since at least 1338 however, but was destroyed each winter by floating ice and then rebuilt.
The Bridge Gate (Brucktor) guards the entrance to the old town from the bridge.
It is a small city. It takes 1-2 hours to explore it, but it worth to visit and to see. It is easy to find a parking inside old town, pass the famous bridge over Inn river, after the gate turn right and park.
This fresco at a house near the Rathaus shows how the boats travelled upstream on this rather fast river. The same method was also used along most of the Danube. The old trails for the horses often still exist today and are often revived as great cycling paths (used mostly downstream, of course). Dont expect to meet the horses coming across on your way!
Here the toll was collected from all ships passing Wasserburg. Before the railways were built the river Inn was quite an important trade route navigable by cargo ships all the way down from Hall in Tirol until to its end in the Danube at Passau. The railway does not touch Wasserburg which fell asleep then and thus preserved all its great gothic and Renaissance beauties.
This is the best place for a general scenic view before taking the pleasant path down the Kellerberg to the bridge over the river Inn which leads right to the entrance arch at the "Altes Mauthaus" into the city.
The Rathaus can easily make the impression to be in a far bigger city and it still today shows the former wealth of this city coming from the tolls collected form all the ships passing Wasserburg. The Rathaus in its actual appearance dates back to 1459.
Here was the source of the wealth and prosperity of Wasserburg. As long as the transport on the river Inn was economically relevant, here at the narrowest part of the river all along its loop enclosing the city was a wooden bridge and a barreer where all ships were stopped and had to pay a toll.
All prosperity had an end when the railway was built which does not touch Wasserburg so the town fell asleep and this conserved all the gothic and renaissance beauties.
Even the modern bridge was built at exactly the same place where the old wooden bridge was - leading right to the Brucktor at the Altes Mauthaus, the entrance into the old town.
The Rathaus - which would be a great thing even for a much bigger town) clearly shows how rich this city was at the end of the Middle Ages.
From here you have the whole town at your feet and youcan easily see its excellent strategic position in the loop of the river Inn.
The only bridge that connects the Altstadt with the rest of the city. The fortress-like Burgtor (Castle Gate) gives the visitor the first medieval glance.