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The Schönburg is a castle above the medieval town of Oberwesel in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany.
From the 12th century, the Dukes of Schönburg ruled over the town of Oberwesel and had also the right to levy customs on the Rhine river. The most famous was Friedrich von Schönburg - a much-feared man known as “Marshall Schomberg” - who in the 17th century served as a colonel and as a general under the King of France in France and Portugal and later also for the Prussians and for William Prince of Orange in England.
"Of the numerous crusty old towns lined up alongside one another in the Central Rhine Valley on the narrow riverbank, no other demonstrates such an impressive townscape, still fully characterized by the Middle Ages, as does Oberwesel...", according to curator Prof. Dr. Edmund Renard in 1922. Of the original 21 defensive towers along the city wall, 16 are still preserved today. Parts of the approximately 3 km long city wall are still accessible. Visitors can enjoy the view of the Rhine from the crown of the wall. Those with no fear of heights can even climb one of the defensive towers. The gate tower on the city wall side facing the Rhine has been restored according to the original blueprints and included in the accessible part of the city wall.
Kulturhaus Oberwesel Museum
The Kulturhaus with the Oberwesel Museum is the vibrant cultural centre for the town of Oberwesel and the region. The building presents itself to visitors as a fascinating architectural combination of old and new. The museum is housed in the tastefully restored residence of a former wine-growing estate. It is a showcase for the Upper Middle Rhine Valley Unesco World Heritage site. The museum relates the eventful story of a small town on a great river. Spread over a floor area of more than 400 m², a wide variety of themes are presented in interesting and stimulating ways using modern media technology.
A new building with a modern, multi-purpose auditorium was erected directly adjacent to the museum. Throughout the year it is the scene of concerts, readings, cabaret, film shows, conferences, festivities and childrens’ events.
Hours: April – October: Tuesday – Friday 10am - 5pm. Saturday, Sunday & holidays 2pm - 5pm.
One of the jewels of medieval Oberwesel is an ensemble consisting of the ruined church, monastery garden and sacristy of the former Franciscan Minorite monastery. The sacristy is especially worth seeing and its unusual form is of particular architectural value. During comprehensive reconstruction work carried out in 2006/07 it was restored to its original 15th century condition.
Today, both monastery garden and sacristy are privately owned; however private tours are available via the Kulturhaus Oberwesel at http://www.kulturhaus-oberwesel.de/en/museum/angebote_fuer_besuchergruppen.aspx.
Church of our Lady (Liebfrauenkirch)
Even from a distance, the Church of Our Lady, which is in a slightly elevated location at the southern end of Oberwesel, defines the appearance of the town. It is one of the very important high Gothic churches in Germany.
Formerly a collegiate church, the present construction was started in 1308, consecrated in 1331 and completed up to the base of the polygonal tower in 1351. Besides the fine structures of its components, the church’s architectonic quality is first and foremost revealed in its proportions. The flat surfaces of the structure were made possible by locating the buttresses inside the church. The rhythm of the exterior wall arises solely from the regularly spaced rows of slender, trefoil windows.
An exceptionally large stock of furnishings, dating back to the time of construction, has been preserved in the Church of Our Lady. Among other things, the furnishings include: the high altar, the choir screen, the tabernacle, the choir stalls, the preserved remains of stained glass and the bells. The bells were all cast upon or shortly after the completion of the church, during the course of the 14th up to the beginning of the 15th century.
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Oberwesel is a town in the Rhein-Hunsrück district, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is situated on the left bank of the Rhine, approx. 30 km southeast of Koblenz (Koblenz vacation rentals | Koblenz travel guide). It is part of the Verbandsgemeinde ("collective municipality") Sankt Goar-Oberwesel.
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Oberwesel, the historic city on the Romantic Rhine, is surrounded by an almost completely preserved city wall featuring gates and towers. Oberwesel is one of the largest vineyard communities of the Central Rhine. On the 72 hectares of steep vineyards at the Schönburg Castle, the winegrowers cultivate above all Riesling, Müller-Thurgau and Kerner.
Let the magic of the UNESCO World Heritage "Upper Mid Rhine Valley" capture you! The town Oberwesel invite you to explore the valley on foot, by bicycle or by riverboat.
Discover this unique cultural landscape, shaped by two thousand years of viticulture.
Enjoy our regional cuisine. In both towns you will find top-notch gourmet cuisine as well as traditional,hearty meals.
Taste select wines and brandies, products from the vines of the Mid Rhine Valley's sun-loved hillsides. Experience exceptional shows, such as the medieval Spectaculum, openair performances in castles and on stage, amazing fireworks and many more! Choose your individual holiday or short trip from the many offers available. Whether you enjoy camping, prefer to stay in pensions or holiday houses or like to be pampered in classy hotels you are sure to love your stay in the romantic Mid Rhine Valley of the town Oberwesel!
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More about the History of Oberwesel
Even today, the most dominating urban features of Oberwesel are its churches. To the south stands the 'red' Church of Our Lady, begun in 1308. The church of Our Lady is the finest example of Gothic architecture in the Middle Rhine Valley, a region rich in fine works of art. On the north-west perimiter of the town the white church of St. Martin, begun in 1350, dominates the scene. A minorite monastery once stood in the center of the town and the monastery of All Saints was situated in the Niederbach valley.
The fortified Oberwesel
The medieval Town Wall has been painstakingly restored over the past few years and made accessible to the public by the Oberwesel Historic Buildings Association. The town wall is a very special historic monument. It is reckoned to be one of the best preserved of its kind in the whole of Western Germany. It was the way in which the people of Oberwesel restored their town wall, opening it to the general public, which played a decisive role in UNESCOs decision to recognize the Upper Middle Rhine Valley as a World Heritage site.
Considering that the town had less than a thousand inhabitants in the Middle Ages although this would have constituted a large city in those days - the dimensions of its walls are still astonishing, even today. If you want to go all the way around them you will have to walk 2575 metres. If you add to this the walls of the inner city suburbs, you arrive at an overall length of more than three kilometres. The height of the walls was dictated both by the local terrain and by military requirements. Along the Rhine, from where an attack was more unlikely, the walls were only 8.5 metres high. Real danger threatened from the slopes of the Michelfeld, and so the walls there were built to a height of about 11 metres. In the northern suburb of Niederburg they even reached as high as 16 metres. There are a remarkable number of towers and gates. The town was once protected by 22 towers. 16 of these still survive to this day, and the foundations of at least another three are still visible. 11 town gates and 24 postern gates ensured good communications with the surrounding countryside. Almost every lane had its own gate to the Rhine.
The Nobility of Oberwesel
The Schönburg is one of the oldest hilltop castles on the Middle Rhine. The northern castle buildings date from the beginning of the 12th century. Because of its strategic importance, Schönburg castle was always protected by a strong garrison. There were usually several families of nobles living in the castle at any one time. They were not always blood relatives but they all took the name Schönburger from the castle in which they served. The Lords of Schönburg were later to join the ranks of the European High Nobility.
In 1689 the town and its castle were destroyed by the French. In 1885 an American, Oakley Rhinelander, began with the restoration of the castle. After his death, the town of Oberwesel was able to buy Schönburg Castle. The German Kolping organisation established an international youth centre in the northern part of the castle. The southern part is now occupied by the Castle Hotel and restaurant Auf Schönburg.
Gold and Silvercoins
Goldgulden and Weisspfennige minted in Oberwesel were in wide circulation during the Middle Ages. In the early 13th Century many towns issued their own money. Oberwesel began issuing its own coinage in 1288. In each of the many small Rhenish territories there were different currencies. Between Koblenz (Koblenz vacation rentals | Koblenz travel guide) and Bingen (Bingen vacation rentals | Bingen travel guide) one would, at various times, have needed 15 different currencies.
This coinage muddle made trade difficult and so in 1385 the four Rhenish electoral princes founded the Rhenish Coinage Union. They agreed upon a uniform coinage for the electoral states and introduced the Rhenish Gold Florin as common currency. As the value of this coin remained extremely stable over a long period, it became a reserve currency in large areas of Central Europe.
[ source: Oberwesel Homepage ]
Oberwesel is a town in the Rhein-Hunsrück district, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is situated on the left bank of the Rhine, approx. 30 km southeast of Koblenz. It is part of the Verbandsgemeinde ("collective municipality") Sankt Goar-Oberwesel.
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