Weikersheim Got A Castle To Send You Into Sensory Overload

You know you’re old when no one knows how old you are. Which is how it is over at Schloss Weikersheim in the town of Weikersheim.

The castle was built sometime in the 12th century (no one knows when exactly), and it’s one of the most visited sites in town. Its Knight’s Hall is enough to send anyone into sensory overload because every inch is richly decorated. Even its fireplace is ornately decorated to the smallest detail (such was the case in Renaissance architecture when the castle was rebuilt).

Every year there’s a fantastic Christmas Market held in the castle’s courtyard (a splendid venue for all opera concerts taking place here), and try not to miss all statues in the castle’s park.

Also rebuilt was Weikersheim’s Gänsturm. It was built (the first time) in 1320, and was severely damaged during a bombing raid in World War II. Some folks wanted it torn down, others didn’t. Luckily it was saved, and now it houses a small museum.

Over at the Marktplatz there’s a small village museum, a pretty Rococo style fountain (don’t they just spruce up the place?), and a bunch of half-timbered buildings to see. The Marktplatz is also where you’ll find the (Protestant) Church of St. Georg.

Feet hurt yet? Great, but they might after walking or cycling the 1200km of trails throught the Tauber Valley. Ahh, find a beer garden and all will be right with the world.

I really mean that, there are quite a few of them here in Weikersheim. Surprising since this is a wine region. ;-)

It doesn’t really matter what you’re drinking during Weikersheim’s Kärwe. This fair/parade (the 1st Sunday of September) has been going on for centuries. Since 1419, actually.

Wow, we Germans like tradition, don’t we?

We also like art, so join the locals in visiting the many artisans living in the area, where you’ll find everything from potters to organ makers. Maybe they’ve been inspired by the details in the castle — even if they don’t know how old it is. ;-)

 

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