|Weinheim Rathaus, or city hall, up on the hill.|
The city hall occupies the former castle of the ruling family.
|Another view of the Rathaus|
|In front of the Rathaus. Claimed to be the largest Lebanon cedar in Germany.|
|In the Market Square of Weinheim|
|Another angle of the Marktplatz of Weinheim, leading down from the |
St. Laurentius church. The Markplatz contains a number of cafés and shops.
|St. Laurentius Catholic Church of Weinheim|
|Lower Marktplatz: The Altes Rathaus (right) of Weinheim|
|Another view of the Brunnen (well) in front of the old Weinheim Town Hall, or Rathaus|
|I found this house particularly interesting not only because of the blue shutters, but also because the structure is not attached to any of the buildings that surround it, whereas the neighboring structures share common walls.|
|High above, the castle ruins of Windeck overlook the tanners quarter |
in the lower town, which constitutes much of the oldest part of
Weinheim. This quarter also had a very old Jewish settlement as well.
I was especially impressed not only by the extreme cleanliness of this
oldest part of Weinheim, but also that there was no graffiti to be found
anywhere - something sadly problematic in Germany,
even on historical buildings.
|Easter decorations during my visit on Easter Monday.|
|I think this sign makes it quite clear that this is a bakery.|
|Close quarters |
I am a total sucker for these narrow structures some of these medieval
towns boast. I don't think my sofa would be able to fit at the end
of the room in this skinny little house.
|Main house of the Hermannshof Weinheim Botanical Garden|
|I was quite pleased to find this Sequoia tree in the Hermannshof Weinheim park. |
It was planted there in the 1880s. I do not know how old or big it
was when it was planted.
|Looking at the ruins above the town of Weinheim, I have to ask myself if the inhabitants post 1674, when it was dismantled by the French army, looked up there and viewed those ruins as somehow romantic. Or, was it an eyesore for them, rather like looking at rusting tanks, bunkers or neglected military bases for us today? Or, were they just too busy trying to survive daily tribulations and praying that foreign troops would just stop fighting over them?|
|The castle ruins of the larger and older Burg Windeck date back to the 1100's. It was occupied and made unusable by Louis XIV's troops in 1674 during the French-Dutch War, and the stones were used to build houses down in Weinheim. Only these ruins remain. To the left can be seen the red roof of Wachenburg, which was built 800 years later and still used today.|
Der Rote Turm (the Red Tower) got its name from the
pinnacle atop the 14th C. tower which was originally red.
It served as a prison until the middle of the 19th C.
|Another view of the Red Tower in Weinheim|
The amount of Fachwerk (half-timbered) construction found here indeed tickled my fancy, being the Fachwerk lover that I am. You're lucky I didn't put more of my shots in this post. If you like Fachwerk, then Weinheim is the place to go.
|The arms above another former royal residence in the middle of the older part of town, built in 1710.|
|Weinheim's city arms hang on this house beneath the|
From Frankfurt main station an Inter-City train leaves every hour for Weinheim. The trip takes between 35-40 minutes.
From Stuttgart main station there are two trains per hour ranging from 55 minutes to 1hr-20 minutes depending on the type of train.
Weinheim is about 15 kilometers north of Heidelberg and 10 kilometers northeast of Mannheim.