The 50 meters high and 600 year old Ottweiler defense and bell tower, is a city landmark of Ottweiler. Now that some renovation work is done, the tower is open for tourists to visit. The guided tours start at the local evangelical church.
The defense and bell tower's three major steel made bells, done their service from 1921 to 2007, are removed off the tower and brought to the Rhododendron park, near the church. It's an amazing sight of such dignity as their inscriptions are a true reminder of God and His infinite love.
A very interesting museum is the school museum. It shows how an average day in
an average school was a hundred years ago.Quite a difference to today!
There are two classrooms, one from the beginning of the 20th century and one from
the middle of the 19th century.It's a touch -and- experience kind of museum and
school classes from today can come and see how times have changed:
Classes started with lightning a fire in the school stove. Writing was done
by a goose quill on wax plates.
Not everything can be touched, the people in the museum are very proud of some text books from 16th century, which they certainly wouldn't allow school kids from today to use.
Behind the school there was the school yard, used for sports, PE.
But only the boys were allowed to run around and have fun, no
sports for the girls. They were learning sewing, knitting and embroidery
Another building from the 18th century is the old city hall, built in 1714.
In front of it you can see the pillory. During market days culprits had to stand
there to be shamed, while the rest of the town was shopping and gossiping
To rest before and after hunting the counts had a hunting lodge built in 18th century.
This lodge is still standing, next to a small, but beautiful garden with some interesting
If you were to ask the way to the hunting lodge, nobody would be able to help you. It's always been called the "Pavillon", I don't know why.
Around the main square in the old part of town, still called Schlossplatz -
castle square - there are some old houses which had belonged to rich
citizens. The most remarkable of these is the Hesse house,which was built
in 1590. The name has nothing to do with the state of Hessen, it was the family
name of the people who lived there.
I wanted to take advantage of the few minutes sunshine and take a picture,
but as soon as I had taken two, an old man came to me and asked me,
what pictures I was taking, why I was taking them, if I was from Ottweiler,
where I was living now etc...
Typical for a small town, everybody is interested in everybody else.
This can be a blessing or a curse.
The landmark of Ottweiler is this old tower from 15th century. It was built as a watch tower,
but has been used for a long time now as the bell tower of the protestant church.
Hidden in some back yards, or sometimes on the street, you can see some other parts
of the defence system, like parts of the old city wall.
However, this defence system didn't help Ottweiler much in the 30-years- war in 17th century,
old records say that only ten healthy and seven sick people were living in the town in 1635.