Like in every town, also in Rotenburg old buildings are used now for cultural purposes. In Rotenburg, this is the case with this tower which was once used by the fire brigade. Today, art exhibitions find their place in the Kunstturm which means “art tower”
Rotenburg is well connected to Hamburg and Bremen. All regional trains (Metronom –ME) between these two cities stop at Rotenburg with a train per hour in every direction. Some addition regional trains to Bremen (RB – Regionalbahn) are also available. There are also services from Rotemburg to Uelzen, but only a few times a day. This service was part of the so-called America-line, a train route between Berlin and the sea port of Bremerhaven. After planes took over overseas passenger service, the most northern part of this line (Rotenburg – Bremerhaven) was closed.
Constructed in 1876, this was once the school of the small town. The style of this neogothic building was adapted from the neighbouring church. Today, it is the cultural heart of the town: A culutural centrum, a library and the open university are situated here.
This complex, consisting of a living house and two storehouses, was once property of a wealthy family – the Ehlermanns. The first storehouse was built in 1806, the second one and the living house are from 1825. The buildings were purchased by the town in 1979, since then, pubs and small shops moved in. Although located close to the pedestrain zone, the complex is well separated from it. Together with a brook called Stadtstreek (flowing along the younger storehouse), you may think that you are in a small village.
Rotenburg’s main church was first built in the 12th century, but was pulled down after the Swedish took over the town. This was in 1648 when the Swedish expanded the castle and built a new church on the current place. This church was replaced in 1862 by the current neogothic building. Today, you can still see some items of the former church buildings in this church. Also, the church bells still date from medieval times.
Paar-oh-die is a wordplay with the worlds “parody” and “pair oh that”. This strange looking, modern fountain is subject to many discussions and is said to be known outside of Rotenburg too. I didn’t know this fountain before, but I still remember it as one of the starngest pieces of art I ever saw. Perhaps, that’s the intention it has…
This museum, located in a 18th century house, shows how the rural life looked like in the past centuries. Smaller parts of the museum are dealing with the influence of celtic culture in this region as well as with the episcopal time of the town in the middle ages. The land next to the museum is the place where once a castle stood. Only a few fragments from this castle were saved and these are also in the museum. A smaller area behind the museum was left blank, creating a rural atmosphere together with the old house. You can explore the place in front of the museum for free. There, you will also find some remains of the episcopal time.
Normally, a city gate is an old structure, a part of history. In Rotenburg, it is a modern sculpture – standing on the place of a real former city gate. The two stones with a height of approximately 9 meters have both a piece of metal on their top, creating an interesting effect when the sun shines on it.
Normally, the town hall is one of the most impressive and beautiful buildings of a town – not so in Rotenburg/Wuemme. The town hall of Rotenburg was built in the second half of the 20th century and looks like an average office building. But there is a small detail worth to mention - a plastic called “7 Sparx fuer R.”. Seven neon illuminated pieces are installed on one side of the town hall. They must look great during night time.
This sculpture stands in front of the train station and has the change of perspectives as main theme. Not only that people see things different if they do it from the perspective of a bird (from above). Also the sculpture looks sometimes more like an eagle, sometimes more like a man – depending on your point of view.