Dettelbach, a medieval town, was first mentioned in 741 a.D. I spent my summers there with uncles and aunts, where I stayed in my grandfathers home built in 1560. I still hold a special connection with this historic town
My grandparents home. One of the oldest homes in town, from 1560
Also see My Great Grandfather the Journeyman
The alley where I used to play with my cousins
The medieval city fortification with 52 watch towers and five city gates is almost completely preserved, despite demolitions. This Medieval tower is now used as a vacation apartment
Already in the 19th century, three of the five city gates were sacrificed due to traffic. Very well preserved are the Brücker Tor in the north and the Faltertor at the northeast corner of the city wall
Just as medieval are the narrow cobble stone streets and half-timbered houses. Particularly worth seeing is the late Gothic town hall, and the ensemble around the small marketplace below the town church. According to a legend, the architect is said to have planned the town hall, so that three people can enter the town hall simultaneously without being seen (outside staircase, passage, from the west side). Below the town church, a pillory with pedestal and iron bar and the inscription “For bad People” can still be seen.
A special local pastry specialty are the Muskatzinen cookies, which are made out of spiced dough with loop-shaped wooden models, then baked and available in the two pastry shops/cafes of the city.
Dettelbach medieval wall with watch towers
Narrow cobblestone streets
Next to Maria im Sand from anno 1616, which is a pilgrimage church, was a Franciscan monastery. My Oma and Opa lay in the adjacent cemetery.
Walking at the medieval wall
The oldest Guesthouse in Dettelbach from the 1500’s
My Watercolor painting of the Dettelbach City Hall
Dettelbach Rathaus or Cityhall, town council meeting room
Cityhall door from 1581
Dettelbach Tax collection box anno 1500’s
Pfarrkirche Sankt Augustine
View to St. Augustine Church
I highly recommend getting the new Rick Steves “Germany” Books. They can be purchased right here