It’s funny how Gundelfingen an der Donau in Swabia maintains its medieval look more than five centuries after the era ended. That’s reason enough don’t ya think?
As much as I would like to think so, nope, that’s not enough for me either.
Good thing there’s a wee bit more then. :-)
I’d like to start at the Schlachtegg Castle, if I may? Not only was it built in the late 13th century — it’s now a popular concert venue.
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Around the same time of the castle’s construction, residents were building the town’s defense wall; although parts of it were added over the next two centuries. Which was right around the time the 5-storey Unteres Tor or Lower Gate was erected. Come to think of it.
You might think both the castle and Stadtmauer are old, but that’s nothing compared to the Church of St. Martin that’s been a landmark in town from the 7th century. The original wooden church has been replaced over the years, the last being a wonderful Baroque building.
Another one of Gundelfingen’s churches is St. Salvatore’s. One thing, you won’t find it on a city street — it’s at the cemetery. But, who cares… it’s a fantastic Gothic Church built in 1683.
Almost a century later, both the Maria Immaculata and Church of Sts. Peter & Paul were built in the 1730s. Plus, Gundelfingen is exceptionally proud of its Hospital Church (built 1719) too.
It would be a shame if I missed something, wouldn’t it? Give me a moment to look around…
Yeah, I almost left out the 17th century Rathaus. Uh, that would be the municipal building, in case you’re wondering.
It’s all right (hopefully) if I leave something out. Gundelfingen offers guided tours around town on the first Sunday of the month from May to September.
All right, that’s quite enough of the indoors, don’t ya think? So, let’s get outside and enjoy all the jogging trails, waterskiing, horseback riding, fishing, and Nordic Walking you can handle. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
And you only thought it was a medieval town. ;-)