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  • On my way to the castle.
    On my way to the castle.
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  • A view we had during our hike.
    A view we had during our hike.
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  • The entrance to the ruin, the Burgtor.
    The entrance to the ruin, the Burgtor.
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    Stadtkirche Tecklenburg – A must visit!

    by Jerelis Written Oct 14, 2011
    The side entrance of the Stadtkirche.

    It really doesn't matter how you travel towards Tecklenburg. Whether you come by car or by bike you will finally arrive at a small parking lot just outside the village center. When you're at that particular parking lot and you look towards the city of Tecklenburg you can't miss the Stadtkirche Tecklenburg. Although we immediately said to ourselves that we wanted to visit this impressive church we first walked our way up to the Marktplatz (Market Square) to see the sights out there. After that we hiked our way up to Burg Tecklenburg, which is the centre of the theater and social life in Tecklenburg. It's therefore very funny to notice that after strolling through some beautiful small streets we finally ended up at the backside of the Stadtkirche Tecklenburg. The site we definitely wanted to see when we first arrived. Right now it was at the end of the afternoon and we were thrilled to see the Stadtkirche Tecklenburg as a highlight at the end of the beautiful day. The church was still open for visitors, so off we went!

    Once inside we immediately saw the altar which is the center of the interior design. It's made of a marble top and because this church isn't all that rich, it's modernized with different surfaces covering a wooden structure. The altar still is the most vital piece in church interior design. The present shape of the church is the result of a total restoration in the years 1972 - 1976. We walked around a bit and also visited the cemetery which is just outside the church. This church is a must visit!

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    Stadtkirche Tecklenburg – Lightning a candle.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 14, 2011
    The beautiful belfry of the Stadtkirche.
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    Although we were quite late when we first arrived at the Stadtkirche Tecklenburg we were still allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our late arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists left. Either the bus / coach had already left or everybody was drinking a beer in the pubs. Whenever we visit a church the kids always want to burn a candle, it has become a bit of a tradition. The Sight of burning votive candles - real or electronic - is common in most Catholic churches. The candles are usually placed before statues of saints or at shrines. But how did this tradition get its start?

    According to A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals, by Ann Ball, the practice of lighting candles in order to obtain some favor probably has its origins in the custom of burning lights at the tombs of the martyrs in the catacombs. The lights burned as a sign of solidarity with Christians still on earth. Because the lights continually burned as a silent vigil, they became known as vigil lights. Vigil Lights (from the Latin vigilia, which means "waiting" or "watching") are traditionally accompanied by prayers of attention or waiting. Another common type of candle offering is the votive light. Such an offering is indicative of seeking some favor from the Lord or the saint before which the votive is placed. So for us lighting a candle is a way of extending our prayer and showing solidarity with the person on whose behalf our prayer is offered.

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    Stadtkirche Tecklenburg – Landmark for Tecklenburg

    by Jerelis Written Oct 14, 2011
    It ranks among the other buildings in the village.
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    The origin of the village of Tecklenburg can be traced from as long ago as the 12th century, turning it into one of the most ancient villages of the region. There are many different ancient spots to explore within this town, as well as the general appearance of it is rewarding by itself due to its charming half-timbered houses and medieval ruin. A lot has changed since the old times, but still some is presented in the same way as many hundred years ago. Tecklenburg does have a rich cultural heritage, has long traditions and customs that are kept alive.

    One of the buildings which strikes the eye immediately is the Late Baroque Parish Church: Stadtkirche Tecklenburg (1562 – 1566). The church was initially equipped with a small belfry. In 1642 they created a temporary timber wall for the main tower beside the church bells. The massive baroque tower, now widely seen as a landmark for Tecklenburg, dates from the years 1710 - 1718. Even when you arrive at the church from the backside and not the front you'll see that the mighty 210 years old church tower of the Parish Church of Tecklenburg ranks among the other buildings in the village.

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    Burg Tecklenburg – All is left of the ruin.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 13, 2011
    The entrance to the ruin, the Burgtor.
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    The official name of this beautiful ruin is Burg Tecklenburg and located at the top of the Burgberg (170 meters high) it is really towering a bit above the city of Tecklenburg on a large hill. To reach the castle there are not many alternatives. If you're interested to do it by motor transport, do proceed up to the parking area near the Burgtor. But a more energetic way to reach the castle is by hiking up through the woods, like we did.

    The hike was amazing and we every now and then stopped at the cozy lookout platforms to witness the unique views of the Teutoburger Wald National Park. We hiked through some idyllic woods and they stimulated our "appetite" for this splendid hiking tour. The ruin itself is quite old and we learned that the actual castle was built around 1250. As much as this is your average 13th century castle, this one is special because it was built not by some baron looking to show that his “burg is bigger than your burg”. Tecklenburg Castle was built by a woman — the Countess Anna von Tecklenburg-Schwerin to be more precise. Anna von Tecklenburg-Schwerin was determent to make it a rather large and beautiful castle, because she order for a lot of construction changes. Unlucky for her around 1700 the castle was old and the bricks were used for other buildings in Tecklenburg. Therefore this beautiful ruin is all that is left.

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    Burg Tecklenburg – At the top of Burgberg.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 13, 2011
    The defense wall of the castle.
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    The official name of this beautiful ruin is Burg Tecklenburg is. At the top of the Burgberg (170 meters high) it is really towering a bit above the city of Tecklenburg on a large hill. To reach the castle there are not many alternatives. If you're interested to do it by motor transport, do proceed up to the parking area near the Burgtor. But a more energetic way to reach the castle is by hiking up through the woods, like we did.

    The hike was amazing and we every now and then stopped at the cozy lookout platforms to witness the unique views of the Teutoburger Wald National Park. We hiked through some idyllic woods and they stimulated our "appetite" for this splendid hiking tour. The ruin itself is quite old and we learned that the actual castle was built around 1250. As much as this is your average 13th century castle, this one is special because it was built not by some baron looking to show that his “burg is bigger than your burg”. Tecklenburg Castle was built by a woman — the Countess Anna von Tecklenburg-Schwerin to be more precise. Anna von Tecklenburg-Schwerin was determent to make it a rather large and beautiful castle, because she order for a lot of construction changes. Unlucky for her around 1700 the castle was old and the bricks were used for other buildings in Tecklenburg. Therefore this beautiful ruin is all that is left.

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    Burg Tecklenburg – Medieval castle.

    by Jerelis Written Oct 13, 2011
    On my way to the castle.
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    We guess that once you're in North Rhine-Westphalia you simply have to visit the village of Tecklenburg. The town itself is quite charming. It had a fairytale-like quality to it, almost like it was stuck in a time warp. Many of the houses in the pedestrian only zone have been around for hundreds of years. Just outside the city center of the town, which is situated on the western part of the Teutoburger Wald National Park, on the hillsides are some steep walking routes to enjoy. Walking through the bushes and climbing some stairs is very enjoyable. Very challenging to hike them indeed.

    It's no wonder that "wanderlust" is a German word. In its original meaning, it describes a desire to roam, to wander. And where better than in the Teutoburger Wald National Park with classic pine forests, dense woods, lower mountains and stairs? The valley offers some of the most beautiful low mountain ranges with rivers, a wide variety of flowers and medieval castles, like the Burg Tecklenburg.

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    Bismarck Tower

    by Elena77 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Bismarck tower Tecklenburg
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    In the early 20th century hundreds of towers and pillars were built in honour of the former German chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898). Many of these monuments have been destroyed in process of time. But around 170 still exist in Germany and also in countries like France, Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Austria, Cameroon and Chile. One of these towers can be found at the small town of Tecklenburg. In this case it is a past windmill which was built in 1851 and was destroyed several times within only 50 years by strokes of lightning. In 1909 the ruined windmill was transformed into a Bismarck tower. At the roof gable of the entrance gate a bronze relief of the chancellor was installed. A staircase inside the tower leads to a platform with a huge stone bowl. Until the 1970’s it was a tradition to light a big fire at this bowl at Midsummer. In days of yore around 100 litres of petroleum and 150 kg of resin were needed to keep the fire burning. Must have been quite a blaze!
    In 1912 a Bismarck hall was built right next to the tower, later this building became a hotel (Bismarckhöhe). The Bismarck tower can be visited, from the platform you’ll have nice views of the surrounding Münsterland area. The key can be picked up at the reception of hotel Bismarckhöhe (entrance fee: 0,50 Euros).
    Please note: the tower has recently (December 2008) been damaged by a storm and is closed while renovation works are performed.

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    Medieval town -video tour

    by StuartDutchman Updated Feb 6, 2011
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    Tecklenburg is set against a decor of the Middle Ages, located at the foothills of the Teutoburg Forest (Teutoburger Wald).

    Tecklenburg retained some of its medieval townscape to date. Main sites include the ruined castle (now serving as open air theatre during the Summer) and the Stadtkirche (the main, old church) including tombs of the dukes of Tecklenburg and others prominent in the history of the county and city.

    The castle was built around 1250. Anna von Tecklenburg-Schwerin made a lot of construction changes. Around 1700 the castle was old and the bricks were used for other buildings in Tecklenburg. Only a ruin was the result.

    Today, Tecklenburg is a lovely tourist place, a place to relax and to walk around. The city's center streets represent old European charm. As you walk these streets, you sense becoming part of history - 100's years of lives lived out in these same streets.

    VIDEO of my visit:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZAOO39Hy00

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