The most beautifully restored building I saw was the house of the Protestant church. It used to be an old farm and now serves as offices for the advice centre, debt counselling, psychological counselling etc. Inside the yard there is another old fountain, this one had to be covered as it is very deep. Picture 2In the old wall around the buildings I...more
When you look up to the roof of this tower, you can see why it's called the red tower, red tiles were used for the roof. In 1885 there were plans to tear down this tower, because with growing traffic - even though it was only horse-drawn carriages back then - the gate was getting too arrow. Some members of the city council came up with a better...more
Another old guard tower which was part of the old city wall is called the grey tower, because of its grey looking roof. The gate to climb up to the battlement is here, but it was closed and I couldn't walk up. The arches near the tower are three meter wide, they provided additional protection in case of an enemy attack. The tower was built in 14th...more
When built in 14th century, the city wall protected about 90 buildings within its circle of 850 meter. Parts of it have been renovated and can even be walked on. I wasn't able to do that, because the gates leading up to the walk were locked. There is lion guarding the wall, lions were often used as symbols of strength, so I was not surprised....more
Originally also from medieval times, this tower was rebuilt in 18th century and undertook the task of serving as a prison from the Bergfried tower. On the house right next to it there is a plate saying the executioner was living there.Doesn't this give the saying " to live above the shop" a completely new meaning?The guard of the tower was living...more
Preserving old buildings is very interesting, it keeps a sense for history alive, but it also very expensive! If someone happens to live in a historic building, they need special permits for any kind of construction work, even if it's just another bathroom inside.I saw a lot of beautifully restored houses in Kibo, but just as many in need of some...more
Once a city wall was built, the houses inside were protected. But it was essential that there was enough water supply within the walls. This is the reason there are lots of fountains in old towns. Imagine a town being besieged for weeks, nobody could get in or out. The people needed to have enough water inside the walls.Kirchheimbolanden has...more
Kirchheimbolanden was last damaged in the 30 years war in 17th century, so most buildings from the Middle Ages were destroyed. Parts of the old city wall, however, survived. The old guard tower - Bergfriedturm - from the 11th century is still standing. Its walls are more than three meters thick and it's 20 meter high. Besides being used for defense...more
All over Kibo you see pictures of a wild boar. It is part of the town's crest. There is also a large statue of a boar on the main square, the Schlossplatz. So far I haven't been able to find out the reason for the wild boar. Maybe the counts loved hunting the boars in the area?more
I spent some time in the castle garden,walking under the old trees there. Actually this was one of the liveliest places in Kibo , children playing, running towards the playground, old people sitting on the benches talking.I later found out that there is a monument in the garden for the students who had tried to establish democracy in Germany in...more
In 1740 the counts of Nassau - Weilburg had a castle built, complete with chapel and castle gardens. Today some buildings still exist, the main part is used as a senior citizen home. The church is supposed to be beautiful inside with an organ Mozart had played on. Unfortunately I wasn't able to visit it, maybe next time.In front of the castle there...more
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I found several restaurants in the "centre" of Kibo, but only two were open for lunch.
We decided to go to the Italian restaurant Merano. It was a good choice.
The asparagus season was just starting, so we had pasta with fresh asparagus. It took a while which was a good sign, as asparagus has to be made fresh.
We had a very good lunch and a real Italian espresso afterwards.
It's best to go to Kibo by car. A combination of trains and busses will also get you there, but will take quite a long time. Driving there I went down a long, straight road through the countryside, an avenue lined with lots of birch trees. With their fresh green leaves they looked very pretty, but I was wondering how many accidents there are on average. I was passed quite often by cars going very fast, mostly driven by young men who no doubt were very glad no longer to depend on the few busses.
Directly after entering Kibo, there is enough parking on the side of the street, underneath the wall of the castle garden.
Once inside the old town, just walk. But be prepared, Kibo has been built on hills and some streets are very steep.