Neustadt an der Weinstraße Things to Do

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    The Lion

    by Kathrin_E Written Feb 7, 2011

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    The lion sculpture in front of the town hall is another work by Gernot and Barbara Rumpf, the creators of the Elwetritsche fountain. The Lion is the crest of Neustadt, and of Palatine, too. The lion’s attention is slightly distracted by two little mice that play between his front paws. Being the lion of a wine town, the tip of his tail is shaped like a grape. A vineyard snail has confused the tail with a vine and settled on it for a rest.

    The lion Keeping wathc at the town hall Mice play between his paws The grape tail The snail on the tail
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    Marktplatz - Market Square

    by Kathrin_E Written Feb 7, 2011

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    Market square is the heart of the town. Every Tuesday and Saturday, in summer also on Thursday, a farmers market takes place here. This square is really ‘square’, or almost. The northern side is occupied by the mighty Stiftskirche, the main church of the town. The baroque complex in the west is the town hall, originally built as Jesuit college in 1729. Neustadt’s heraldic animal, the bronze lion by Gernot and Barbara Rumpf, is keeping watch – he deserves a separate tip. Walk in through the gate, the courtyard is worth a look. The sculpture in the middle of the courtyard is the “Hammer Thrower” by F. W. Müller-Steinfurth.

    The southern and eastern front include a number of historical buildings. The so-called Scheffelhaus in the corner next to the church is a half-timbered house in renaissance style, built in the late 16th century. It hosts MUNDUSvini, the World of Wine, a wine pub and restaurant. The baroque house in the southeastern corner served as Vizedomei, seat of the Viztum, the “vice” of the Elector and representant of the government. Schwarzer Löwe, the “Black Lion”, is a well-known pub and restaurant; this building also deserves a separate tip.

    Watch out for the bronze Elwetritsche on the stairs of the fountain in the middle...

    Market square, town hall and steeples Vizedomei Schwarzer L��we Market square view through gate of the town hall Scheffelhaus
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    Paradise Fountain in Kartoffelmarkt

    by Kathrin_E Written Feb 7, 2011

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    Kartoffelmarkt, the smaller market square behind the big church, used to be the potato market. Its most striking feature nowadays is the paradise fountain. My photos were taken in winter with the water turned off, in summer it will look even more interesting. It shows paradise after Adam and Eve were forced to leave. There is the tree, which bears several kinds of fruit, not just apples. There is the snake, depicted as a female with long braids. There is the apple with the trace of Adam’s bite. The two humans are gone.

    Paradise fountain Paradise Fountain Better not bite the apple The snake
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    Romantic Lanes (2): Metzgergasse

    by Kathrin_E Written Feb 7, 2011

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    Just the same as to Mittelgasse and Hintergasse applies to Metzgergasse. This lane is even narrower and more crooked, and even more photogenic. Probably also more crowded because it is located in the heart of the town off market square. Metzgergasse begins at the southern side of the square between the restaurant Schwarzer Löwe and the café. It is pedestrians only, necessarily, because a car would not even fit through.

    Kunigundenstraße round the corner is a bit wider. Here you'll find more old houses and more pubs, if those in Metzgergasse weren't enough.

    Metzgergasse Gate and courtyard in Metzgergasse Metzgergasse and steeple of Stiftskirche Kunigundenstra��e Kunigundenstra��e
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    Romantic Lanes (1): Mittelgasse and Hintergasse

    by Kathrin_E Updated Feb 7, 2011

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    Narrow lanes with half-timbered houses and beer and wine pubs, picturesque street views, little shops and galleries… Mittelgasse and Hintergasse, the side streets north of Kellereistraße, should meet the cliché of “Gemutlichkeit”, as overseas visitors notoriously misspell it. Anyway, if you are looking for a place to have a meal and/or a drink or several, here you will find a wide selection of options. Even if not, a stroll along the two lanes is pleasant. Apart from the pub signs, have a look at the details of the facades, and note the large arched gates of the courtyards.

    Hintergasse Courtyard in Mittelgasse Gate in Hintergasse Mittelgasse Gate in Mittelgasse
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    Saalbau

    by Kathrin_E Written Feb 7, 2011

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    The big building in the square opposite the train station is the centre of cultural life in Neustadt. Theatre and concerts, conventions and balls take place here. It is also the site of the coronation of the German Wine Queen, who is elected in Neustadt every year. The neorenaissance architecture betrays its origins in the 19th century. The Saalbau was erected right after the foundation of the German Empire in 1871 – 1873.

    Saalbau Saalbau Saalbau, modern annexes Saalbau
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    The Market Place

    by Bregman Written Feb 12, 2005

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    If you are lucky enough to be in Neusdtadt when the market is active, you should spend a couple of hours here. Walking around, enjoying the atmosphere.

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