An interesting walk through Bad Windsheim

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It is one of those small towns in Franconia whose historical cityscape has been preserved excellently: in Bad Windsheim magnificent half-timbered houses from the 15 compete. and 16. Century with baroque administration buildings at the city square from the time, when the Franconian city was still free realm city, around the attention of the visitors. The city always knew how to decorate well in the constant hope that the Emperor would once choose Bad Windsheim as a place to stay during one of his travels - but this never happened. Nevertheless, this town in the valley of the Franconian Aisch is a real treasure trove of remarkable architecture, as a free imperial city it possessed numerous rights that enabled its inhabitants to live a prosperous life and thus always had enough money in the city bags to make these decorations.



Roland statue next to the town hall of Bad Windsheim
Roland's statue next to the town hall of the city
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We meet our guide in front of the town hall, where a sign indicates that the tour of the city begins from here. Together with other interested guests, most of whom spend a few days at the spa of Bad Windsheim, we spend almost two hours on the road and learn a lot about the history of the city. So, through the archaeological windows in front of the town hall, we take a look at the skeletons unearthed at this spot, and see one of the city's oldest fountains in the underground exhibition rooms and numerous finds that give an insight into the earlier life in Bad Windsheim.


Pilsner in Bad Windsheim
On the way we meet nice Pilsstuben
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We stroll past inviting-looking Pilsstuben and wine taverns, which we remember later, and learn that Bad Windsheim once had 30 breweries - an impressive number for a small town of this size, which is not far from the Franconian wine country away. Today only one of them exists in the city center: the Private brewery Döbler. There you can do a beer tasting today and Franconian specialties try out. The large metal manatee is reminiscent of one of the city's famous sons: Georg Wilhelm Steller (1709 - 46), who once accompanied Vitus Bering on his voyage from Kamchatka to Alaska in 1741 and who, as a doctor and explorer, discovered numerous animals on the North American west coast, including the Steller sea cow named after him.


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Truss tower from the 17. century
Truss tower from the 17. century
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Passing by the remains of the former monastery of the Augustinian hermits and later the city library, the path leads us to the ice cellars of the city. It is cold in the vaults below the city, where thick walls and running water created temperatures in which perishable goods could be stored for a long period of time.


Seekapelle and Malerwinkel in Bad Windsheim
"Seekapelle" and Malerwinkel
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Worth seeing is the chapel on the lake from the year 1402 with its Buntziegeldach and the surrounding painting district with its buildings from the 16. and 18. Century. Inside the Seekapelle is a masterful copy of the Windsheim Twelve-messenger altar by Tilman Riemenschneider. The original is in the Kurpfälzisches Museum in Heidelberg.


Baroque house facades in Bad Windsheim
Baroque facades on the picturesque wooden market
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The wealth of later times in Bad Windsheim becomes clear at the Holzmarkt, where a whole row of baroque houses are lovingly restored to court the attention of the visitors. The details on the house facades are especially beautiful, as is this wrought iron shop sign, which refers to the long tradition of the butcher's family, which is based in this house.


Town Hall of Bad Windsheim
Town Hall of Bad Windsheim
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Hidden are probably the most beautiful half-timbered houses in the city: the Town Clerk's House, the Latin School and the Rector's House - all from the 16. Century. They are located in the backyard of the town hall and adjoin the oldest church in the city: St. Kilian, probably already in 12. Century was built. In its present form, however, it only exists since the 18. Century, it burned down to the city fire of 1730 almost to the ground.


Surely you can see this city on your own during a walk through the city center - but you miss a lot, if you do not treat yourself to the (still extremely affordable) city tour every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and public holiday from 15.00 Clock from the market square in front of the Town Hall opens for a short two-hour tour of the center of the city. So you can visit attractions such as the Archaeological Window or the ice cellar of Bad Windsheim, which are otherwise inaccessible to the public during the week. And you learn a lot about the background of the people, buildings and places that make Bad Windsheim so attractive.

Bad Windsheim city center
In the city center of Bad Windsheim
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Do not miss out on a visit to the Freilandmuseum Bad Windsheimin which one shows in several villages, how the farmers once lived in Franconia. We especially liked this museum because it has nothing museal about it, but rather the feeling of walking through history and experiencing it up close.


That has to be in the suitcase for the visit to Bad Windsheim

    • Comfortable Shoes. In Bad Windsheim you walk a lot.
    • forget comfortable pumps not, because in some Bad Windsheim restaurants you dine in elegant surroundings.
    • A backpackin which you put a picnic.
    • Camera* for the photo opportunities that Bad Windsheim offers.



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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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An interesting walk through Bad Windsheim
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