Haus Puellen is one of the oldest buildings in Wachtendonk as it was built before 1634. The house stayed luckily intact during the big wars and the big fire in 1708. The building features a baroque double gable.The house was used in the past as wine shop. The street probably got its name "Weinstrasse" from that fact. It has also been used as clay...more
The old town hall was destroyed in the big fire of 1708. In 1712 a new one was built but today's building dates back to 1841. The Rathaus was extended several times and is now a complex of buildings. An interesting fact is that in 1934/35 the protestant services were held in the hall as some customs officials and their families moved to...more
This building was lucky not to be burnt down in the big fire in 1708. Because the inhabitants were so grateful not to have lost their house, they constructed a new gable and made the following instription: "Ihr kennt weder den Tag noch die Stunde" (You know neither the day nor the hour)The house was built at the end of the 16th century. There was a...more
In 1381 archbishop Friedrich Graf von Saarwerden allowed a chapel to be built in order to honor the holy trinity and the god mother. Only in 1419 St. Michael was mentioned as the patron.In 1516 the chapel got badly damaged in a fire. At the reconstruction a tomb chapel named Lucia was added for the family Schenk von Nydeggen. In 1708 in another...more
At the end of Muehlenstrasse you will find the former silk weaving mill, an impressive looking building. The manor house was built in 1908 for the company Deuss and Oetker Seidenweberei. The silk weaving started on 9.3.1909. They had up to 300 employees which made them the biggest work provider in Wachtendonk. The company stopped production here in...more
This is the oldest fortificated area in Wachtendonk. The castle was erected in the 14th century and first mentioned in 1326. It was later extended into the city fortifications. The castle was surrounded by "Grachten" which are water channels. It had a big and a small tower and was known to have had a main building with a brewery, a beer cellar, a...more
The Pulverturm was built in 1605/1606 on the remains of a medival city tower. It has two stories and an unusual Renaissance gable. Apart from the castle ruins the Pulverturm is the only thing that left of the city fortifications as they were looped shortly after the construction of this tower. Originally, the tower was used to store the grain for...more
This building dates back to after 1610 and the facade, a stair gable, which you see it today was added in the 19th century.Just around there used to be the Feldtor (field gate) of the city fortification which was first mentioned in 1490. Today on the ground opposite the "black eagle" you will find a marking where the gate used to be (picture 2).The...more
The Stadtcafé is combined with a bakery. Even though we didn't have time to sit down and enjoy one of those good looking cakes, I still recommend that you stop by in this cosy café.
We bought "Schweinsohren" with and without chocolate. The pigs' ears were delicious. In Switzerland they are known under the name of "Prussien".
The café is open every day (Monday only in the morning).
Wachtendonk is situated a few kilometers off the motorway A 40. The A 40 comes from the German Ruhrgebiet and takes you to Venlo in the Netherlands.In Wachtendonk we parked free of charge on the "Friedensplatz", just by the entrance of the old town. When you leave the motorway just follow the signpost to Wachtendonk and keep going until you see the...more
Just off the Friedensplatz (freedom square) you will find the former post office. If you move closer you will find a postbox which was used in the old times (picture 2).
It's the original post box from the times of the emperor. This imperioral post office existed until 1918.
The building itself dates back to 1908/1909 and was built by postmaster Laprell. The postoffice was in use until 1974.
Favorite thing: As we entered the old part of Wachtendonk we immediately spotted the first old water fountain. When walking around we saw some more of them. All of them had been nicely redone and some of them have the years when they were in use written on them. In the old days the houses didn't have water pipes and people had to get their daily water from such fountains in the street.