Wertheim, Germany

Our third day on the river docked us at Wertheim, Germany.  What an AMAZING medieval village on a bend in the Main River.  The larger cities in Germany (and much of Europe) saw a great deal of damage and rebuilding during and after the World Wars.  Many of the villages and non-strategically located towns saw little to no damage and these towns are absolute gems.  Wertheim fits this bill in some part.

Wertheim is located at the confluence of the Tauber and Main Rivers.  It is in Bavaria, but folks here are “Franconians” – a cultural distinction they will happily tell you about!  What we loved about Wertheim was the quaintness of this village.  They did not have a Christmas Market, but the beauty of the town was enchanting and around every turn there was something magical.

Another fabulous feature of this gorgeous little town was the medieval fortification.  First records show a fortification in this down between the 7th and 8th centuries and the castle proper grew out of this in the 12th and 13th centuries.  We walked to and explored all throughout this amazing structure and stood in awe of the commanding view of the Main and the town itself.  It was exactly what I was looking for on this cruise – castles!!!!

Here are some photos from Wertheim.

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This is an example of the many half-timbered homes in Wertheim. These two are situated on the main village square.

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The entrance to Burg Wertheim. This structure is only partially intact but is undergoing renovation efforts and it pen to the public for self guided walking tours for 2 Euros each. There is also a small cafe at the castle and an events room. The structure is amazing and the views…..priceless!!!

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This the view of the Main River from the top of the tower of the castle.  Absolutely stunning!!!

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These half-timbered houses are just incredible!

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Looking down into the town from the road UP to the Burg Wertheim.

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The mighty Main from the Burg (castle)

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The castle was absolutley amazing!!! How it was dug out of the hillside just boggles my mind – but it sure makes for great pictures!!

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The ultimate medieval castle!

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A defensive position “behind” the castle headed uphill.

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Looking UP the tower!

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