Duderstadt's city wall doesn't surround the entire old town any more, but is well preserved in many places. Along the wall, there are wonderful places and charming corners waiting to be discovered by the pedestrian visitor.
Can you see the twisted spire in the pic? It belongs to one of the gates of Duderstadt's very well preserved medieval town wall. The gate is called "Westertor" (Western Gate), and according to an old myth the Devil himself is responsible for the twisted spire: He seduced Duderstadt's male population to become incredibly drunk at one of the many celebrations. This of course infuriated their wives and they went chasing after the much surprised Beelzebub. During his flight from the female mob, Satan tried to grab the spire's top and in doing so twisted it into its current state. :-)
The much less romantic truth is that several severe construction mistakes were made by the people who built the tower in the early 15th century. Maybe they DID drink a bit too much!?!!
The people of Duderstadt really care about their beloved town, and this shows in a lot of beautiful details -- like this beautifully decorated window.