The ruin of Tomburg castle is situated on a 316 m high hill above the village of Wormersdorf Southeast of Rheinbach. Only the ruin of the keep is still there. The hill had already served for military purposes in celtic times. The Romans and later the Carolingians placed sentinels up here to protect the important road from Aachen to the Middle and Upper Rhine.
In the middle ages the castle was inhabited by robber-knights who must have caused a lot of trouble in the region. In 1473 the Duke of Jülich had the Tomburg destroyed to punish the then owner, Friedrich von Somreff, for his robberies.
The keep can be climbed and offers a wide view of the plain over to the Seven Mountains beyond the Rhine valley. Getting there requires a hike through the forest from Rheinbach or Wormersdorf. Not suitable for people with limited mobility.
Another cute fountain has been put up in Lindenplatz off Hauptstraße. A frog, a girl holding a goose and a boy assemble round the water basin. I haven't yet discovered the background story, it might be a reference to some Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
I've only recently and by coincidence discovered these two cute little scenes on the fountain in front of the Bürgerhaus (Hauptstraße, opposite of the parish church).
This is romantic small town life... two women gossiping during their housework (photo 1) and a marital 'discussion' (photo 2).
Unlike other towns Rheinbach does not have a historical town hall in the heart of the town. The municipal administration is domiciled in a 19th century neo-renaissance building with modern extensions outside the old town in Schweigelstraße.
The Kallenturm was built in the 13th century as part of the town's fortification to secure the water drain leaving the town. In 1852 the tower was enlarged and a third storey added. In the 19th century it served as police station and prison. Nowadays it's the home of the local scouts.
Arriving by train you may notice a high wall with barbed wire along the railway track. At night the brightly lit complex is hard to overlook. Rheinbach's prison has been the long-term home of some quite famous inmates, like Günter Guillaume, the spy who caused the fall of Chancellor Willy Brandt in the 1970s.
P.S. How does one classify a tip about a prison? Spa/Resort? Amusement park? Romantic travel?
The protestant Gnadenkirche was built in the 1970s for the growing evangelical community. Having been property of the Archbishop of Cologne, Rheinbach used to be more or less entirely catholic till the early 20th century. Protestants were a tiny minority. After World War II, with the arrival of refugees and generally increasing mobility, the protestant community grew. They first built a parish centre with a smaller church room, then the church itself.
Location: Ramershovener Straße, corner Kriegerstraße
A Jewish community in Rheinbach is no more since the Holocaust. The Jewish cemetery, however, still exists. It is walled off and locked and can't be entered, but a view through the gate shows the tombstones.
Location: Next to the train station, opposite platform 2 - cross the parking lot and walk a few steps westward. A sign in the wall marks it.
This colourful example of Jugendstil / Art Nouveau architecture is to be found in Bahnhofstraße. An incription above the door indicates that it was built in 1905.
The statue of the Virgin Mary in a little neogothic spire is standing in Löherstraße next to the former hospital, opposite of the Kallenturm. The statue is always ornated with fresh flowers.