Wertheim Things to Do

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    Climbing to the top of Wertheim's Castle Keep

    by TomInGermany Written Jun 30, 2013

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    Wertheim is a nice tourist town that as one of the better castle ruins I’ve seen in Germany, especially for the price (free on the day we went). The ruins are fairly extensive with signs scattered around the castle including an English explanation. The climb up to the castle (all castle are on hills, sorry) isn’t too strenuous but it will still get your heart pumping so take your time if you are not in great shape. There are at least two paths up to the castle from the town and both are easy to find. There are free bathrooms at the castle entrance as well as a map showing the castle and when the various sections were added on.

    From the entrance I suggest you head left, past the well (need to spit down it to see how deep it is ) and head along the outer walls to get to the dry moat and the battlements on the other side. Once you have climbed up to the top of the battlements, head back down to the moat, cross over and climb up the wooden staircase and continue up to the top of the keep. A fair number of steps but there are things to see along the way so you can catch your breath. At you top of the keep you get a great view of the town and the surrounding countryside. The flag flying on the flagpole is for the town.

    There is a café and restaurant at the castle but we didn’t stop in so can’t tell you anything about the food or service.

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    SPITZER TOWER

    by balhannah Updated Jan 2, 2012

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    The leaning Tower of Wertheim!

    Spitzer Tower is quite impressive with its octagonal top.
    This 13th century Spitzer Tower has a lean because of 800 years of floodwater's! Located on its side, are marker's showing the flood levels over the centuries.

    It was used as a Guard and Watch Tower and Prison for "Drunkard's" and for "Bad tempered feuding bickering Women!" The Women were locked in the dark Tower together for up to 6 weeks!
    To enter the Tower, they had to climb a ladder to the entrance 10 metre's above the ground, and to get out, be lowered by ropes. Food and water was also lowered to them, but they were kept "in the dark" together.
    Inside there is the so-called "fear-hole."

    Wertheim wouldn't put up with any nonsense!

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    MYSTERY SOLVED OF THE SMALL WINDOW!

    by balhannah Updated Jan 2, 2012

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    I found out an interesting bit of information when in Wertheim, so I will share.

    I always look up in these old town's as I love the signage. At this House/Backeri, I took a photo of the sign, and then I saw the extremely small window in the side of the building.

    Evidently, in medieval times, the people in Town's were curious to know what was happening and going on in their town, they wanted to watch, but NOT be seen! If a curtain moved, then somebody knew they were being watched!
    Well, this small window solved that problem, they could view the street below, and nobody would know!

    Look for the House/Backeri which is made from Slate.
    In my photo, you can see the small window on the left hand side of the photo.

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    THE TAUBER RIVER

    by balhannah Written Jan 2, 2012

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    Wertheim is situated at the confluence of the Tauber & Main River's.

    The Main, was a big, wide mighty River, busy with water traffic. What a surprise was the Tauber, it was a canal through Wertheim and into the Main. There is the Tauber promenade alongside the Tauber, and this is where I walked until I came across the Tauber Bridge, the oldest one in Wertheim.
    I crossed over here to have a look from the other side, and then came back.
    This River was so different, so calm that reflection's were good, it was a really peaceful area of Wertheim!

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    WERTHEIM RATHAUS

    by balhannah Updated Jan 2, 2012

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    A walk along the Rathausgasse took us to the Rathaus!
    This Rathaus looked like a Palace to me, very different to what I had previously seen. As there was a Festival about to start, there looked to be an event being held.
    Walking past the Rathaus, took me to a Bridge across the Tauber River to the other side of Town

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    LITTLE TOURIST TRAIN

    by balhannah Written Jan 2, 2012

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    This Little Tourist Train depart's from the Mainplatz which is just around the corner from the Tourist Information Centre.
    It takes you pass the main Tourist sight's, but best of all, it takes you to the Burg!

    It runs every half hour FROM 10am to 5.30pm
    COST ..... is 3 euro's.

    A bargain to save your tired leg's!

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    BURG WERTHEIM

    by balhannah Updated Jan 2, 2012

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    Sitting high above the Town, surrounded by Cliff's and overlooking the junction of the River's Main & Tauber, is Burg Wertheim.
    This Burg, built in the 12th century, was once the seat of the Counts of Wertheim.
    Unfortunately, in 1619 it was partially destroyed by a gunpowder explosion and then heavily bombarded during the Thirty Years War.
    Nowday's, it belong's to the town of Wertheim and is visited by Tourist's.

    THE CASTLE RUINS ARE OPEN.....One week before Easter and until 15th October. 9 - 10pm
    Open from 16th October until a week before Easter from 10.30 - 4pm

    Castle Restaurant: April to October ..11 - 11pm
    March., November + December ...Fri - Sun: 11.00 - 11pm
    January + February ....closed

    Castle tours..15th Apr. - 16th October, every Sunday at 2.30pm

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    ANGEL FOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Written Jan 2, 2012

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    The Angel Fountain was something "different' to see!
    This Fountain was built in 1574 as a Municipal Well. There are many sculpture's including two Angel's holding the coat of arms of the Shire.
    The fountain has secular figures of [mayor, alderman, city architect and artist,] related to the known planets and their zodiac (Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Hermes).

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    PROTESTANT COLLEGIATE CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Jan 2, 2012

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    This Church had a very high Tower which could be easily seen, so to find it, I just looked for the Tower and headed in that direction!

    The Late-Gothic Church, is believed to be built on ROMAN foundation's around 1264. In 1388, the Choir began and in 1448, a donation was made of Library book's.

    It is here, where the replica "Wertheimer Madonna" is located on the inside stairway to the Holy Spirit Chapel. The chapel contains frescoes, an early Baroque Baptismal font, a Crucifix from 1682 located in the Chancel Arch, and altar table of the "three sacred Madel" from the beginning.

    Located in the Great Choir are the Tomb's of the Counts Wertheimer from the 15th to 18th centuries.

    The Church clock Tower dates to 1544.
    Of interest, is the Clock dial facing the eastern Burg has only the hour hand, the one to the Marketplace has a second hand.

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    TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Updated Jan 2, 2012

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    Once again, it was my first stop in Town!

    We wanted to find accommodation here, but to our horror, the whole Town was booked out because of a festival on the weekend!
    Where to go then?
    The helpful info centre asked in which direction we were heading, and, hey presto! they found a Hotel for us!
    Good service, English spoken and good information on the Town, and you can book all sort's of Tour's here.

    They are easy to find as they are located beside the Spitzer Tower.

    Tourist Information Wertheim...... Gerbergasse 16
    Opening times 9am.....Open times for the different month's are listed on the Door.
    If you are here when the Office is closed, then you can use the outside computer to find out information.
    Tel: +49 9342 935090
    info@tourist-wertheim.de

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    ST. KILIAN CHAPEL

    by balhannah Updated Jan 2, 2012

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    St. Kilian's Chapel, built in 1472, is on two levels. Originally built as a chapel of the canons, it was used as a Grammar School in 1604, and then reconstructed between 1903-04 as a chapel again. The first floor is a 'bone house' (where the bones of the deceased are left to dry).

    At St. Kilian's is where you find the "Wertheimer monkey," a small statue of a monkey admiring himself in a mirror. He's holding the mirror in one hand and with the other is scratching his rear. This was put on the bone house as a symbol of vanity.
    The Chapel is built in Red Sandstone like some other building's in Wertheim.

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    HISTORIC MARKET SQUARE

    by balhannah Updated Jan 2, 2012

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    As I continued walking along the street from the MainTor, I came across the lovely Market Square.

    There were heap's of different half-timbered building's in many different styles, colours and shape's, it really was an interesting Square! These historic building's date to the 16th century.
    If you happen to find House No. 6 [Zobel House] in the marketplace, then you have just seen the oldest and narrowest building here. "Zobel House" means, "House of the Knight's in Zobel."

    On a Saturday, the "green" market is held here.

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    THE MAIN TOR

    by balhannah Updated Jan 2, 2012

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    I was interested to read that Wertheim formerly had 18 gate's, all built between the 13th & 15th centuries. The well preserved ones in the Town are the Main gate, the Toll Gate and the Kittsteintor on the Tauber.
    The Main Gate, the entrance to the Old City, does not have all of its Battlement's anymore. Flood's have not helped!

    And so, it was through this Main Gate that I entered the "Old City."

    Please join my as a "virtual" friend on my walk!

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    BOAT WATCHING!

    by balhannah Written Jan 2, 2012

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    It was near the end of the day, I had done a lot of sightseeing in Wertheim, and now I had time to kill waiting for my husband.
    Now, if this happens to you, head to the River Main like I did. There is an Esplanade which I went for a walk along and took some photo's before sitting down on one of the many seat's along the way.
    I thoroughly enjoyed resting my legs here!
    This River is abuzz with water trafic of all types. Whilst I was there, a large, long Tourist Boat arrived and navigated alongside the Port. It wasn't long and it was tied up and passenger's were alighting.
    There was so much of interest to watch, that the time passed quickly! I could have stayed here a lot longer enjoying the view's!

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