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Dinkelsbühl - Germany's most beautiful old town (Romantic Road)

By Frank

May 18, 2020

Dinkelsbühl was first mentioned in 1188 ; Emperor Friedrich I. Barbarossa hands over " burgum tinkelspuhel " to his son Konrad von Rothenburg in a marriage contract on the occasion of his planned marriage to the king's daughter Berengaria of Castile before 1230 the Romanesque tower portal of the Minster of St. George was built.

Aha! Cool ...

Most beautiful old town in Germany ...

In 2014, FOCUS magazine voted Dinkelsbühl the most beautiful old town in Germany . Museums, history, a preserved city wall, extensive gastronomic offer, romantic cafés - once again the triad of history, art and culture. It is idyllically situated on the Wörnitz and is a proud, formerly free imperial city.

Among other things, you can follow in the footsteps of the old wall spirit. The city walls are a sight in themselves. Around 1372, the construction of today's city fortifications began, including part of the existing Staufer wall. The ring of walls including the Zwinger and Zwinger towers have been completely preserved. Four inner city gates and 20 wall towers were distributed over a total length of 2,500 meters .


The brave children of Dinkelsbühl...

The history of the city is omnipresent, the Swedes played an important role in this and helped shape the cityscape. During the Thirty Years' War , the Swedes moved to the imperial city of Dinkelsbühl to conquer, devastate and plunder it. "Give me all the local children . I would like to take them to the Swedes . We will ask them to spare us. I think the Swedes' commander will be softened by the children. "

The city gates opened. A young woman with children moved outside the city and towards the Swedish camp. Singing and pleading, hands raised to heaven in supplication, they begged the Swedes for mercy .

"Well, I can't do that. These children have softened my heart. I'll spare Dinkelsbühl!" the commander said. "What you men from Dinkelsbühl couldn't do, this young woman and these children did. I'll spare your city!" the commander called out to the mayor and the city councillors.

What is there to see?

Dinkelsbühl - Germany's most beautiful old town (Romantic Road)

Dinkelsbühl - view of the old town from the tower

Münster St. Georg with the famous "pretzel window"

Located here in the middle of the city, the minster was built between 1448 and 1499 according to plans by Niclaus Eseler. This minster is one of the most important Gothic hall churches in southern Germany. (this also includes St. Sebaldas in Nuremberg or the Frauenkirche in Munich...)

The 222 steps to climb the tower are worth the sweat, after all it is 62 meters high but the view over the city is enchanting .

Eleven pairs of pillars carry a varied cross rib vault in the nave. It is 76.88 m long , 22.48 m wide and 21.30 m high and consists mainly of sandstone . It's not immediately obvious, but interesting nonetheless, all the windows have different tracery , with really not a single one being repeated in the 26 windows . A cool example is the " pretzel window ", sponsored by the bakers' guild at the time...

Dinkelsbühl - Germany's most beautiful old town (Romantic Road)

Munster St George. Pretzel window (source: double blog)

Christof von Schmid - "Your little children are coming..."

Dinkelsbühl - Germany's most beautiful old town (Romantic Road)

Christof von Schmid monument in front of St. Georg Minster in Dinkelsbühl

Born on August 15, 1768 in Dinkelsbühl (2018 - 250th anniversary...); died on September 3, 1854 in Augsburg. The son of a respected civil servant studied in Dillingen and was ordained a priest in 1791. After pastoral years in Nassenbeuren, Seeg, Thannhausen and Oberstadion, King Ludwig I appointed him cathedral canon in Augsburg in 1827. He died as a victim of cholera.

Schmid mainly wrote small stories with pedagogical concerns in a language that children could understand .

Among his best-known poems and song texts are Ihr Kinderleinkommet, At the last supper and How lovely the sweet sound of the French horn resounds through the bush and forest .


The Wörnitztor is the only gate that has been preserved in its core with a total height of 34.20 meters , part of the Staufer fortifications . You can still see the master mason's marks on the blocks up to the first floor. The imperial eagle can still be seen from the outside, as a sign of the imperial immediacy of the time, when one could make laws in such cities oneself .

Christof von Schmid monument in front of Munster

Altrathauspl. 2, 

91550 Dinkelsbuehl

About the author

It is more valuable to experience a place in detail than many small impressions of an incomprehensible whole.

Genius Loci - discovering, capturing and experiencing the spirit of a place. Perceive - understand - enjoy!

As a graduate industrial engineer with an additional MBA degree from a renowned university in England (EMBA, EQUIS and AACSB accredited), I have been showing other, often surprising, paths to success for more than 30 years at C-Level (Head of Marketing and Sales worldwide).

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