The castle of Wertheim overviews the junction between Main river and Tauber river and is one of the biggest stone castles in Germany. First built in the 12th century it hosts a restaurant, a gallery and a museum today. (More info)
I didn’t really find something meaningful on the little chapel at Märzenbrünnlein in Walldürn besides that a butcher named Knörzer built it in the name of the Dolorous Virgin. There is a historic way of the cross in the forest and the place is said to be haunted. A lot of people from the village have […]
Some years ago I visited an exhibition in the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin and only there I became aware that famous architect Egon Eiermann not only built part of a hotel in my hometown Buchen im Odenwald, but also several settlements for post-war refugees in 1947.
In 1946 Magnani, a priest from Hettingen, and Egon Eiermann made plans to build houses for the numerous refugees coming from the East to Baden. The settlers were strictly selected by ethical criteria (“no people caught with lies, theft or adultery”) – and had to build the houses mostly on their own.
Today it is possible to visit one of the simple houses which perfectly shows the different stadiums of occupancy – for example by not (always) recreating the original parts, but by leaving 40s, 60s and 80s taste of the residents shine through.
We’ve been lucky to have a guided tour by one of the former students of Eiermann. And I strongly recommend a visit for every friend of modern architecture.
Please look for opening hours and more history (German language) on the website.
Other Eiermann houses in Hettingen and Buchen today
Mum and I had been on this sunny but very cold hike between Unterneudorf and Steinbach. At a moment, we tried to cross the small Steinbach creek in the forest, but we didn’t find a good place to do so. All the places that stayed without sunshine during the day, were still coated with frosty […]
This is a picture from an event that dates back to the year 1330 in Walldürn: A priest knocked over a chalice of altar wine and the wine formed a picture of Jesus and his disciples on the altar cloth. He hid the cloth and only revealed the event and the picture 50 years later on his death bed.
The castle of Hornberg was first built in the 11th century. Germanys most famous knight, Götz von Berlichingen lived there for 45 years and the winery inside the castle is said to be the second eldest in the whole world.