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    Medieval Fortification: Wasemer Turm and Neutor

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 2, 2008

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    On the Southern edge of the old town parts of the medieval fortification including two of the former eight towers, town gates and remnants of the town wall are preserved.

    The Wasemer Tower marks the Southwestern corner of the old town. The Neutor (New Gate) next to it was only built in the 17th century, before the walkway on top of the town wall was the only access to the tower.

    The stonework of the tower contains material from the Roman aqueduct that was unearthed and recycled. Chunks of ancient Roman concrete are visible in the wall, one of them is still covered with the reddish plaster the Romans had used to seal the interior of the aqueduct (photo 2).

    Wasemer Turm and Neutor Roman concrete with reddish plaster in the wall Neutor, inner side Reconstruction of the walkway on the town wall
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    Roman Aqueduct

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 2, 2008

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    Remnants of an ancient Roman aqueduct have been excavated in the boundaries of Rheinbach. This subterranean aqueduct was built in the 2nd century A.D. to transport water from the Eifel hills to the city of Cologne.

    In the middle ages material from the aqueduct was used to build the towers and the town wall; pieces are still visible at the Wasemer Turm. Then it was forgotten till 20th century archeologists rediscovered it. A piece of the original aqueduct has been put up in Martinstraße in front of the post office.

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    Hauptstraße: The Main Shopping Street

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 2, 2008

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    Hauptstraße ("Main Street") is really the main street of the town where most shops are situated and city life (read: small town life) takes place. It has been turned into a one-way street in order to have less traffic and more space for pedestrians, vehicles traveling in the opposite direction have to take a detour.
    Some half-timbered houses have been carefully restored. They mix with 19th century buildings and modern architecture.

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    Glasmuseum - Museum of Glass Art

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 3, 2008

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    Rheinbach has long been a centre of glass making and glass art and even hosts a special glassmakers' school.

    The museum in Himmeroder Hof shows artistic glassware from near and far, from ancient to modern.

    Opening hours:
    Tues to Fri 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00
    Sat and Sun 11.00-17.00

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    Himmeroder Hof

    by Kathrin_E Updated Aug 4, 2008

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    Himmeroder Hof is a complex of old buildings that once belonged to the Cistercian monastery of Himmerod in the Eifel. The stone and half-timbered houses have been restored with care, a modern part has been added which now contains the glass museum.
    Concerts and little theater events take place in the courtyard. Regional artists show their works in temporary exhibitions. Himmeroder Hof has become a cultural centre for the town.
    The wing along Bachstraße contains a private kindergarten.

    Himmeroder Hof Himmeroder Hof, courtyard Himmeroder Hof Glass museum in Himmeroder Hof
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    Medieval Fortification: Hexenturm

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 2, 2008

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    The Hexenturm ("Witches' Tower") was erected in the late 12th century on the Southeastern corner of the town in the grounds of the castle.
    The tower served as prison during the 30 years war. Between 1631 and 1636 more than 130 people were condemned as witches or wizards in Rheinbach. Many of these were imprisoned here, thus the tower became known as Witches' Tower from then on.

    Hexenturm and gatehouse Hexenturm Hexenturm
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    Bachstraße and Blindgasse

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 2, 2008

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    Bachstraße leads from the town's catholic parish church in Hauptstraße up to Himmeroder Wall and Hexenturm. Several half-timbered houses along Bachstraße have been carefully restored and offer a pretty street view.

    Blindgasse ("Blind Lane") is a short dead-end lane off Bachstraße. Note the fancy yellow sculpture at the corner of the little jewellery store.

    Bachstra��e with church and Russell the Wombat Bachstra��e Bachstra��e Blindgasse Stone cross at the upper end of Bachstra��e
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    Freizeitpark - Leisure And Sports Park

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 3, 2008

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    On the Southwestern edge of the town a large area has been turned into the Freizeitpark (leisure park). Big and small will find a lot to do here. The park is much more than the usual lawns, trees, ponds and flower beds. It includes a lot of sports facilities, all of which can be used for free (except the pool and the minigolf), a Kneipp basin, an open-air theater, and large playgrounds for children. The artificial creek forms a rocky landscape where kids can play in the water and mud (bring a towel and spare clothes for them). Families meet for picknicks on the lawns. The largest hill is used for sledging when there is snow; old tyres will be put round the lampposts in winter to prevent accidents.

    Freizeitpark: kids playing at the creek Freizeitpark: slide on the hillside Freizeitpark: playground Freizeitpark: pond Freizeitpark: open-air theater
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    Medieval Fortification: Along The Former Town Wall

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 5, 2008

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    The line of the former town wall is clearly visible on the Southern side of the old town, along Prümer Wall and Himmeroder Wall. The German street name "Wall" indicates the former ramparts.

    A much lower new wall has been built along here in recent years to give an idea of the historical situation, which is long lost. Most of this work has been done by a local organization that gives work to unemployed young people. Behind the wall you'll see the back gardens of the little houses along the next street.

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    Windmühlenturm: Tower Stump With WC

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 2, 2008

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    The tower in the middle of the Southern town wall has only partly been rebuilt. The stump is very useful in case of emergencies, though - it contains a public toilet (which is not spotless clean but free!).

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    Catholic Church Of St Martin

    by Kathrin_E Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The catholic parish church in the centre of Rheinbach dates back to the 14th century. The old church, however, was destroyed by an air raid in March 1945, only the steeple remained intact.
    In 1948 the building of a new church began, which was completed in 1950. Further changes took place in 1993.

    Catholic church Relief of St Martin at the catholic church Interior of the catholic church Baptismal chapel in the catholic church Catholic church
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    Medieval Fortification: Remnants Of The Castle

    by Kathrin_E Written Aug 2, 2008

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    In the late 12th century Rheinbach was owned by a noble family, the Knights of Rheinbach, who erected a castle at the Southeastern corner of the settlement. A century later the village became a town. The knights sold their property to the Archbishop of Cologne in 1342/43.

    The so-called Hexenturm is in fact the keep of the castle. Otherwise not much of it is left - the gatehouse and parts of the walls. The surrounding moat was reconstructed in recent years.

    The most impressive view is from the Eastern side, access either on the small footpath from Bachstraße or via Bungert and Mühlengasse. This area is part of school grounds, which are accessible, but avoid going in the morning on school days. I'm not sure how public this path is actually meant to be.

    Gatehouse and bridge to the castle grounds Eastern side with two gates and Hexenturm Plan of the former castle on an information board Former castle
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    Weiherstraße

    by Kathrin_E Updated Aug 2, 2008

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    Weiherstraße is a pedestrians-only side street of Hauptstraße with a number of little shops and pretty old houses - to me, the cutest street in town.

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