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Bad Wimpfen Overview

Bad Wimpfen is an historic spa town in the district of Heilbronn (Heilbronn vacation rentals | Heilbronn travel guide) in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. It lies north of the city Heilbronn, on the river Neckar.

Bad Wimpfen is situated on the left Neckar bank around 15 km in the north of Heilbronn. The town is divided in two parts: The older Wimpfen im Tal (Lower Wimpfen) situated at the Neckar and Wimpfen am Berg (Upper Wimpfen) containing the town centre. Besides of the town itself the village Hohenstadt also belongs to Bad Wimpfen.

Things to See in Bad Wimpfen

Kaiserpfalz-The most important monument of Bad Wimpfen is the Kaiserpfalz. Its symbol is the Blauer Turm (Blue Tower) where an attendant lives for 650 years. Even the tower can be visited. The Roter Turm (Red Tower) is a second tower of the Pfalz.

The Protestant Stadtkirche was built in the 13th century in Romanesque architecture and ended in Gothic architecture. Next to the church there's the calvary.

The construction of the Dominikanerkirche presumably started in the 13th and ended in the 18th century. The former monastery with artistic cloister contents a school today. The church is used as the Catholic parish church.

The former Johanneskirche was built in the 15th century and rebuilt in 1778. It got secularizated in 1803. By a fire in 1851 the church lost its function, since then the building served as a restaurant.

The Nürnberger Türmchen next to the Red Tower was erected in gratitude to the city of Nuremberg (Nuremberg vacation rentals | Nuremberg travel guide) for its help in the reconstruction of the heavily damaged city walls after the Thirty Years War.

The Bürgerspital (donated around 1230) is one of the oldest timberings of the town. Since 1992 it contains the imperial town's museum.

The Wormser Hof is situated next to the Kaiserpfalz nearby the town hall. The borderline behind represents a part of the city wall.

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More about the History of Bad Wimpfen

By a document of King Otto I Wimpfen got market rights in 965. By the good transport situation and the local jurisdiction the market developed splendidly. The Wimpfen's Talmarkt (valley market) has a history of more than 1000 years and is one of the most traditional market events in Germany.

In the 16th century Wimpfen has been a stronghold of Reformation. Probably the most important reformator was Erhard Schnepf being a preacher from 1523 to 1526. His contemporary Heinrich Vogtherr created many reforming writings and songs. Although the Catholics offered huge resistance to Reformation, their amount decreased more and more. In 1588 there were just 30 Catholic inhabitants. Catholics lost their civil rights and their churches came to the Protestant parish.

Despite this result Hesse insisted its opinion of Bad Wimpfen being a Hessian town. However, it agreed in an administration by meanwhile founded Baden-Württemberg. This means that the final status of affiliation isn't clear until today. However, Bad Wimpfen is completely integrated into the administration and jurisdiction of Baden-Württemberg. In present Bad Wimpfen impresses both by its cure institutions and its valuable existence of building momuments. The historical old part of the town is protected completely. Since 1976 a comprehensive program of redevelopment resulted in an important revaluation of the most buildings. Due to the recession of the 1990s further redevelopments go back to private initiatives.

[ source: wikipedia ]

Bad Wimpfen is an historic spa town in the district of Heilbronn in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany. It lies north of the city Heilbronn, on the river Neckar.

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