THE Kaizerpflaz is where the Wimpfen Imperial Palace is. This 12th century Palace, is where Staufer Emperor's lived, and was largest fortified Stauffer palace north of the Alps. In this area are the Blue & Red Keeps, the palace chapel, the arcades of the Stauffer palace and the stone house.
Ladies in historical costumes give guided tours of the imperial palace every Sunday at 2 pm.
The Stone house I happened to see from the Blue Tower. It was one of the few buildings in Bad Wimpfen that were in stone. Built in the Romanesque style, it has distinctive stepped gables and a seven-piece window above the entrance. It was rebuilt a few times in the Middle Ages.
It is the largest Romanesque house in Germany.
Now, it is open to the public as a Museum on the history of the imperial palace, medieval stone and ceramic art exhibits finds from the Neolithic Age and the Roman period.
Open from Easter to the second Weekend in October, Mon closed
Tue-Sun 10 -12 & 2-4pm
Adults 2.50 €, with spa card € 2, Child € 1.50, Family € 5.
"Shopping in Bad Wimpfen in years gone by."
The Lady in the Watch-tower told me about this small museum. Inside were all types of groceries and foods that the people of this area used to use and eat. It has everything, including old cabinets, cash register's, paper bag's, signage and more! It is a step back in time, one I enjoyed! It was interesting seeing old brand names, many that have disappeared off our shelves, and some that are still going strong.
You will have to ask the information centre for the address. I think it was by the Town Hall.
The Blue Tower or Blauer Turm is the town landmark of Bad Wimpfen, one that you will see many times on your walk.
The Blue tower was built as a dungeon around 1200, on the west side of the Staufen Imperial Palace. It was used well into the 19th century as a watchtower. The Tower caught fire in 1854, so the spire was redesigned and covered with slate, then in 1984, a few years after the completion of a renovation, fire once again devastated the Tower. On the way to the top, there is exhibitions on some of the floors. At the top, a lady will greet you, and it's here you pay your admission. This is the Tower-keeper who lives at the top of the Tower high above the city. Keeper's have done this for 650 years
From the top there is a magnificent view of the Old Town and the Neckar Valley, a view that shouldn't be missed.
The Tower is open from 10 - 6pm DAILY.
ADMISSION FOR ADULTS...1.50euros
THIS IS PAID AT THE TOP, SO DON'T CLIMB THE 167 STEPS WITHOUT ANY MONEY UNLESS YOU NEED THE EXCERCISE!
In the winter months the Tower may be closed during inclement weather.
Located at Marktplatz 6, is a house that is of Roman structure which dates from the second half of the 13th century, very old!
It is one of the oldest houses in Baden-Württemberg.
It is the house on the left, with blue shutters - first photo.
Alemannic houses are those that have uprights and struts cut in so deeply that they lie above each other on the same level on the facade.
The "Alemannic" half-timbered house is noted for its open construction, the so-called Frankish half-timbered style is characterised by its ornamentation.
A Alemannic half-timbered house from the 1500's, is located at Hauptstrasse 83, Bad Wimpfen.
Located in the old town of Bad Wimpfen, I found many fachwerk houses. Reading my pamphlet, some were Franconian and some were Alemannic. I wondered what was different between the two.
It turns out the Franks were a Germanic tribe who conquered most of Western Europe by the middle of the 8th century. France (Francia) is derived from their name.
Hesse, Palatinate parts of Baden-Württemberg were settled by them, this is why we see their old homes in Bad Wimpfen. Franconian fachwerk homes (particularly in the Central Rhine and Moselle) have their windows situated between the rails of the sills and lintels. They also have decorations such as St. Andrew's crosses, andirons, rosettes and carving's on uprights and posts.
As Bad Wimpfen is an old Spa Town, I found many fountains located around the city.
The Adlerbrunnen has a black Eagle standing above the coat of arms.
My second photo is of another fountain decorated for Easter.
My third photos is of the Lion fountain from the 16th century, which has a Lion holding the Coat of Arms.
All of the Fountain's were decorated for Easter.
This parish Church was built between the 13th & 16th centuries on the site of a previous Church.
It has a 14th century pieta, late medieval side-winged altars, murals and a decorative interior.
A good place to take a photo, is from the top of the Blue Tower, from there you can see the beauty of this Church.
Church tours every 1 Monday of the month at 3pm
Opening Times for tours.
April to October Friday/Saturday/Sunday 10-12 & 2 -5pm
This sturdy stone circular artillery emplacement is from the 16th century. It was in this area, that a Roman Fort eventuated, even larger than Bad Wimpfen today.! It is located in the oldest part of town.
This big, old Hospital building, dating back to 1230, is one of the oldest half-timbered buildings in Bad Wimpfen.
The oldest part of the Hospital is the Romanesque stone house. The residential tower resembling a building could have been a residence for monks.
In 1990, the building was renovated and now houses a FREE imperial city museum and a municipal gallery.
Bugeleisenhaus or Iron House, is this little house I came across on my walk.
This house is the narrowest half-timbered house in the city.
Do you know why it's called and "Iron House?'
This is because the ground plan is the shape of an Iron. I have seen this shaped building in many cities, but none as cute as this little house!
The Dominican Monastery was founded in 1269 and the Gothic Church constructed in 1300 then rebuilt in 1713 in Baroque style. The monastery was dissolved following secularization in 1818.
The church has a narrow Gothic choir, Gothic murals, figures of saints, the grave slabs of Engelhard VIII of Weinberg (1417) and Anna von Ehrenberg (1472), and a crucifix which dates to the 15th century. The organ of the Dominican church was built between the years 1749 - 1752 and is still in working order today.
The church has no tower, only a roof turret , which was placed in its present position in 1715 after the Church was rebuilt in 1713. This Church is an important place of pilgrimage (fragment of the Cross)
NOW, the former monastery is a school building, and the church is used as a Catholic parish church of the Holy Cross.
There is more than one Tower in Bad Wimpfen.
The Red Tower [a preserved Keep], was the easterly Keep of Staufen Imperial Palace in 1200.
It is 23 meters high and doesn't look to have a roof. The work at the Red Tower was probably started in the late 1170's. It is said, if you look at the Tower, you will be able to see 3 different construction periods. Fire destroyed the Tower in 1645 and during WWII, the two lower floors were used as air-raid shelters.
Inside is an exhibition on life in medieval Wimpfen.
Opening hours: May - end of September, Sat., Sun 11am to 5 pm.
ADMISSION....Adults: € 1,00, pupils € 0,50, children less than 3 years free
The Hohenstaufentor OR Arch Gate, was the archway which provided access to the Imperial Palace from the south.
The Palace, was the largest of its kind north of the Alps. It had two imposing towers, the "Steinhaus" (Stone House), the "Hohenstaufen Gate."