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Holidays in Dinkelsbühl - The Dinkelsbühl Travel Guide

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Dinkelsbühl Overview

Dinkelsbühl is a historic city in Bavaria, Germany. It lies in the district of Ansbach (Ansbach vacation rentals | Ansbach travel guide), north of Aalen (Aalen vacation rentals | Aalen travel guide).

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Things to See

Dinkelsbühl is still surrounded by the old medieval walls and towers. There exist a lot of outstanding attractions. The image of this town is very typical for a German town of the 15th to early 17th century.

  • St. George's Minster is a beautiful masterpiece of the gothic style in the late 15th century ( by Nikolaus Eseler)
  • St. Paul's, now a Protestant church, was rebuilt in the 19th century in the style of the far late Roman architectural style. Originally it was part of a former monastery.
  • the Castle of the Teutonic Order, with a rococo chapel
  • The so-called Deutsches Haus, the ancestral home of the counts of Drechsel-Deufstetten, is a fine specimen of the German renaissance style of wooden architecture.
  • situated in front of the Minster is the monument to Christoph von Schmid (1768-1854), a 19th century writer of stories for the young
  • Museum of the 3rd Dimension, the former city mill
  • the Historical Museum, is showing historical findings and reconstructions of ancient houses of the city. In 2008 the complete museum gets a new domicile in the so called "Steinerne Haus" from the 14th century.
  • the church of St. Vincent, 2 km outside the city

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Travel Insider Tips for Dinkelsbühl


We spent a storybook Christmas day here in 1991, with a walk around town and a visit to the church and manger/creche! Then dinner with family in Elwangen...

Shared by Pat Gust Tasker, May 2010


Only one word for this great town........NICE...

Shared by Keith Kneller, May 2010


Travelled through here while staioned in Germany. Participated in one of the last Reforger exercises and we camped outside of Dinkelsbuhl. Beautiful area.

Shared by Dave Ploense, May 2010


My favorite place is Dinkelsbuhl! Cute town, great people, fantastic food and bier.

Shared by Paul Vogt, Mar 2010


Wonderful village in beautiful Franconia!

Shared by Mona Engelking, May 2010

Popular Points of Interest in and near Dinkelsbühl

St. George's Minster

St. George's Minster

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One of the most beautiful wide-aisled late Gothic churches in South Germany, built 1448-1499 to plans by Nikolaus Eseler and incorporating a romanic tower porch (1220-30). Inside eleven pairs of columns support a vaulted roof with an intricate pattern. Neo-Gothic high altar (1892), with shrine dating from around 1490, crucifixion scene. Highly decorated side altars: St. Sebastian's Altar (around 1520) and Holy Trinity Altar (around 1500). In the 17th century the famous Pièta was visited by many pilgrims. Worth seeing: font, pulpit and tabernacle (15th century); tablet depicting the ten commandments (around 1520); stonework of the 'pretzel' window in the south choir, donated by the bakers' guild and coopers. On the outside: slab in memory of Nikolaus von Dinkelsbühl; memorial to Christoph-von-Schmid. From the tower of the Minster there is a beautiful view over the historic town.

Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) and Historical Museum

The Old Town Hall was originally built by town patricians in 1361 and known as the Stone House. From 1524-1550 additional wings were built, and until 1855 it was used as the town hall. Every year the Old Town Hall along with the lion fountain and Wörnitz Gate nearby provide the impressive backdrop for the Kinderzeche (historical festival). Completely renovated in 2007/2008, it now houses the town's Historical Museum. In summer open-air theatre is held in the gardens.

The history museum is open daily from November to April10am - 5pm. From May to October it is open Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm, and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10am - 5pm.

Wine Market

Wine Market

There are five magnificent gabled buildings (dating from around 1600) in the Wine Market; the former Aldermen's Inn (Gustav-Adolf-Haus) with its dainty domed tower roof: it also served as the town's guest house where important persons such as Emperor Karl V (1546) and King Gustav Adolf of Sweden (1632) stayed; a patrician house with stepped gable (now Zur Glocke); the Deutsche Haus with one of the most beautiful late Renaissance facades and decorative statues - Bacchus, the god of wine and frivolity can be seen sitting over the openings for the hoists; barn with curved gable decorated with obelisks - this long building Schranne was a corn storehouse and one of the municipal trading places.

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More about the History of Dinkelsbühl

Fortified by the emperor Henry V, Dinkelsbühl received in 1305 the same municipal rights as Ulm, and obtained in 1351 the position of a Free Imperial City. Its municipal code, the Dinkelsbühler Recht, published in 1536, and revised in 1738, contained a very extensive collection of public and private laws.

During the Protestant Reformation, Dinkelsbühl was notable for being — eventually along only with Ravensburg, Augsburg and Biberach an der Riß — a Mixed Imperial City (German: Paritätische Reichsstadt) where the Peace of Westphalia caused the establishment of a joint Catholic–Protestant government and administrative system, with equality offices (German: Gleichberechtigung) and a precise and equal distribution between Catholic and Protestant civic officials. This status ended in 1802, when these cities were annexed by the Kingdom of Bavaria

Every summer Dinkelsbühl celebrates the city's surrender to Swedish Troops during the Thirty Years' War. This reenactment is played out by many of the town's residents. It features a whole array of Swedish troops attacking the city gate and children dressed in traditional garb coming to witness the event. This historical event is called the "Kinderzeche" and can in some aspects be compared with the "Meistertrunk" in Rothenburg.

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