You know, anywhere else except Germany broken down buildings and crumbling walls would be called urban blight. Here, we call them castle ruins and remnants of medieval fortification walls.
This is just a set-up for what you’ll see in the town of Bönnigheim. Not urban blight, mind you. But, castle ruins and parts of town’s medieval Stadtmauer (that’s a city defense wall) that are crumbling down around you.
No way should Bönnigheim tear it down, this is history! ;-)
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Poor Ganerbenburg. Or, should I say what’s left of the Ganerbenburg? It didn’t have too good of a run. It was built prior to the Peasants’ War in the early 16th century (I know this because it was destroyed during the revolt); and quickly rebuilt in 1546. A hundred and twenty three years later, it was demolished — again.
At least the Stadionsche Schloss still stands, only to house a fantastic art collection these days. And the Köllesturm (from the 13th century) is in fantastic condition — towering above the city streets.
Honestly, the best way to see (and appreciate) the historical significance of Bönnigheim is to take a guided city tour. Guides will, no doubt, explain much better than I ever could how the Vicar’s house at the Cyriakuskirche (a Romanesque basilica built in 1100) became a prison.
They’ll also point out all the amazingly gorgeous half-timbered houses scattered about Bönnigheim. While it’s not a framework house, one you really need to see is the Villa Amann. Oh, this place is stunning… If you can’t own a castle, this house could come a close second. ;-)
It’s not all crumbling medieval walls and castle pieces. The Wine Festival in September is a lot of fun (other times of the year go see the historical wine cellar or visit a wine bar), as is the Ganerben Festival, the Fountain Festival, and the Autumn Festival in November.
Doesn’t sound like urban blight can be found anywhere near the town of Bönnigheim, does it? :-)