There are many different types of people in the world. Cat people vs. dog people, introverted vs. extroverted, science vs. history people, and so on. For those science types who think history’s boring, you’ve never seen it come alive as in the case of Feuchtwangen.
This Middle Franconian town has given rise to not one, but two Grand Masters of the Teutonic Knights. Oh, don’t act like you’ve never heard of them; you probably know them by their other name; the Crusaders.
They’re the knights in shining armor with the red cross tunic who protected pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land. They’re also responsible for the world’s first known “traveller’s cheques.” Yeah, those guys and the town makes all that history gobbledegook really come alive instead of just words on an old musty history book!
Not much has changed over the centuries in Feuchtwangen and an old knight would recognize a lot of it, including the imposing grey stone Stiftskirche, the remnants of the old Benedictine Monastery, and the craftsman’s workshop at the Romanesque Cloister. (He would have to enter the old town via the Upper Gate, it’s the only one left from the original three.)
The timber-framed Town Hall was built after the days of the medieval knight and was once used as a chapel.
Although today, the city of Feuchtwangen is comprised of 87 (yes, 87) villages; Feuchtwangen’s Local History Museum does an excellent job of explaining off of the area’s history.
If you want a bit of modernity, Feuchtwangen has that too. Besides a Franconian Museum, there’s a fun German Singers League Museum.
That isn’t Feuchtwangen’s only claim to culture. If you’re lucky enough to visit between mid-June through mid-August, take in a show at the Theater Festival with classic and modern plays at the outdoor theater.
This most fascinating city really makes history come alive. It’s so great that it just might make one of those science people a history lover after all!