Just about 50km from Rothenburg, is yet another romantic and very historic city called “Dinkelsbuehl”. The city is a cultural monument to the romantic road. Unlike Rothenburg, Dinkelsbuehl is not as widely known and therefore does not have the huge tourist population; is less traveled and very quiet; yet is has all the old time charm. Dinkelsbuehl also wasn’t as damaged during WWII and therefore most of it’s buildings, towers and churches are original, some dating back to the 15th Century; amazing …isn’t it?
Dinkelsbuehl was a former Free Imperial Town, with its distinctive townscape, lies in the idyllic Woernitz Valley. Dinkelsbuehl’s perfectly preserved town, walls and magnificent patrician houses, which include the “Hezelhof” and the “Deutsches haus”, are a reminder of Dinkelbuehl’s glorious era in the 15th and 16th century. Dinkelbuehl’s industrious craftsmen and flourishing trading activities enhanced its wealth, with the town’s fortifications and 16 towers providing protection from attack. St. Georg’s Minster, one of the most beautiful hall churches in Germany, was built at the intersection of the old trade routes. Artists discovered the picturesque nooks, crannies and alleyways of the old town in the last century and now visitors from all over the world flock to the medieval town to get a taste of its vibrant ambiance.
It was so worth the extra 30 minute drive, yet it took us probly close to 45 minutes since we took the scenery route through a few little towns, fields and just checking out the country along the way; so beautiful and worth the time.
If you want to hear more about Dinkelsbuehl, be sure to visit their website, they have a very good tourist center with a lot of English content as well.