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Nördlingen Overview

Nördlingen is a town in the Donau-Ries district, in Bavaria, Germany, with a population of 20,000. It is located in the middle of a giant meteorite crater, called the Nördlinger Ries. The town was also the place of two battles during the Thirty Years' War. Today it is one of only three towns in Germany that still has a completely established city wall, the other two being Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Rothenburg ob der Tauber vacation rentals | Rothenburg ob der Tauber travel guide) and Dinkelsbühl (Dinkelsbühl vacation rentals | Dinkelsbühl travel guide). Another tourist feature of this mediæval town is its 90m-steeple called "Daniel" being part of the Saint Georg's Church and made of an impact breccia called suevite containing shocked quartz.

It is twinned with Markham, Ontario, in Canada, the City of Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, in Australia and Riom, in France.

The remains of a Roman castellum, built in the year 85 and probably called Septemiacum, have been found under the city.[citation needed] In 1998, Nördlingen celebrated its 1100-year-old history.

Nördlingen is also famous for the Scharlachrennen, a famous horse riding tournament that was first mentioned in 1463.

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Things to See in Nördlingen

Stone buildings in the town contain millions of tiny diamonds, all less than 0.2 millimeters across. The impact that caused the Nördlinger Ries crater created an estimated 72000 tons of them when it impacted a local graphite deposit. Stone from this area was later quarried and used to build the stone buildings.

The local sports club, the TSV 1861 Nördlingen, has a very successful basketball department with the men's and the women's team both in the Basketball Bundesliga

Nördlinger wall, built in 1327 with five gate towers

Marktplatz

Harbor Market

Old Schranne

Neumühle Neumühle

Marienhöhe, the forest area in the southeast of the town covers the Galgenberg Stoffel and the mountain is named for Marie Friederike of Prussia

More about the History of Nördlingen

The remains of a Roman castellum, built in the year 85 and probably called Septemiacum, have been found under the city. In 1998, Nördlingen celebrated its 1100-year-old history. Until Thirty Years' War and the Battle of Nördlingen (1634), Nördlingen was one of Germany's major trading towns. Nördlingen trade fair (Pfingstmesse) was first mentioned in 1219.

Nördlingen was one of the first protestant cities and took part in the Protestation at Speyer (Speyer vacation rentals | Speyer travel guide) in 1529. In 1604 a shortened and simplified version of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was performed in Nördlingen - this was one of the first performances of any Shakespearean play outside England. In 1802 Nördlingen ceased being a Free imperial city and became part of Bavaria.

Nördlingen is a town in the Donau-Ries district, in Bavaria, Germany, with a population of 20,000. It is located in the middle of a giant meteorite crater, called the Nördlinger Ries. The town was also the place of two battles during the Thirty Years' War. Today it is one of only three towns in Germany that still has a completely established city wall, the other two being Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Dinkelsbühl. Another tourist feature of this medieval town is its 90m-steeple called "Daniel" being part of the Saint Georg's Church and made of an impact breccia called suevite containing shocked quartz.

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