Sunday, July 29, 2012

Bad Wimpfen

Having concluded our business in Rothenburg obT, we headed south and west, aiming for the Black Forest and then Freiburg, before entering Switzerland to see Basel. We were drawn to Bad Wimpfen by its promise of a free stellplatz, which we found right by the train station, overlooking the Neckar River. Bad Wimpfen turned out to be a beautiful medieval town, something of a resort now, full of more half-timbered houses, towers, a wall, and a major surprise as we strolled about in the early evening.
The Neckar, from Bad Wimpfen, near our campsite



More beautiful old half-timbered buildings


















Thus



And thus, which is actually a local bank, advertising "off-
line banking" and a logo of shaking hands
















The steeples of the city church



I was so proud to get this great shot
of the steeples on a wall of a nearby
tower





















And then staggered to see that said tower had been built in
1200








The Blauer Tower








Walls of the fortress, built in 1200, we learned, just following
the reign of Frederick Barbarossa, who had stayed in
Wimpfen some years before; part of his Holy Roman Empire









More of the walls










Secondary tower

















About the fortress








The Kaiserpfalz, same vintage













Impressed by Bad Wimpfen, we drove on the next day on
the Burgstrasse, "castle road," along the Neckar










Taking in a few more castles; but the weather turned ugly,
and our drive through the Black Forest to Freiburg saw
mostly clouds and rain

1 comment:

Rebecca said...

Wow! Beautiful castles in the distance--looks like a great drive.