Stadtilm — Seven Wonders Stopped By Soviets?

Ever heard of the Seven Wonders of the World? Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? How about the Seven Wonders of Stadtilm?

Ha-ha, I knew I’d get you on that last one. ;-)

A few decades ago the Thurningian town of Stadtilm was located within the Soviet occupied zone, but these days we’re all able to explore around town — and find those Seven Wonders.

One of those wonders is the town’s Stadtmauer, the town’s fortification wall built back in 1302. It even had a moat, and its wide top allowed for guards to walk around up top.

Another of Stadtilm’s wonders is the town’s bridge. Oh, this isn’t some simple bridge, it’s the tallest of its kind in the entire state.

Stadtilm’s Marktplatz is also on the list of Wonders, and said to be the longest Market Square to be found in Thuringia. Better put on some comfortable shoes, the Marktplatz is some 204 meters long.

How many is that? Three, right?

OK, number four is the Zisboden. Oh, this dour looking building might not seem like much, but it’s been around since 1350 — and been used for a number of purposes, everything from a prison to a pigsty.

Number Five, sadly, is gone. It was the Klosterlinde, a tree that was over five centuries old. As for the Kloster, or Monastery, that’s gone, too. However, you can kinda still see it since the Rathaus (Town Hall) was once part of the monastery complex. These days the Kloster Schloss Rathaus complex is also the town’s library and City Museum (you just gotta call for an appointment if you wanna visit).

The crypt in the Rathaus makes number six on the list of wonders, by the way.

As with many towns with medieval monasteries, you’re sure to find some sort of medieval church, are you not? Well, here in Stadtilm, it’s the Church of St. Marien, constructed in the 1100s. While it might’ve received a Baroque renovation, you can’t miss its medieval beginnings; nor should you miss seeing its lovely frescoes.

As for other structures you shouldn’t miss about town, the 19th century Railway Viaduct is a given. Its graceful arches are a feat of German engineering at its best.

There’s also the Eckoldtbrunnen, a bilious green fountain found on the southern part of the famous Marktplatz, given in thanks by an honorary citizen in 1880.

And I sure wouldn’t miss out on one of the town’s festivals, either. The Stadtilmer Market Festival is a doozy, held every year in August; just as I think you should come for a proper Christmas Market.

Of course if there’s no festival going on, feel free to hike or bike around the Thuringian countryside on the Ilmtal Radweg, or meander around the Thuringian Forest.

So, isn’t it great everyone’s able to enjoy Stadtilm’s Seven Wonders? But I think with everything, there should be more. ;-)

 

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