Dinkelsbühl is a small town full of character, found along the Romantic Road in Germany. One of the last remaining walled medieval towns, this beautiful area has survived two world wars, allowing you to find it exactly as it has been for centuries.
The Marktplatz and Weinmarkt are open spaces in the centre of the town surrounded by steep gabled renaissance houses painted in shades of yellow, green, cream, pink and orange, which once belonged to the tradesmen who sold their wares in the market. Markets are still held in the centre square every Wednesday and Saturday, as well as Christmas Markets, Easter Markets, and other special event markets and festivals.
St George’s Minster stands on the corner of the Markplatz, with houses clustered around its flanks as if seeking divine protection. In sunny weather you can climb the tower of St George’s Minster for a spectacular view over Dinkelsbühl.
The streets meander, seemingly with no set course, protected by the city walls on the circumference, while half-timbered houses with flower-boxed windows delight the eyes.
The walls of these completely preserved historic old buildings can tell tales of 16th & 17th Century witch hunts, stories of the thirty years war in the 17th Century and the crippling economic burden that was very nearly too hard to endure, and reminisce over being handled by one kingdom and then another, until finally receiving recognition for centuries of service when their beauty was re-discovered by 19th century artists.
Things to see in Dinkelsbühl
A Dinkelsbühl tradition is the boys band Knabenkapelle. Around 80 boys between the ages of 10 and 18 are currently active in the band. Membership is an honour and the waiting list to join the band has members as young as 4 and 5. Their repertoire consists of classical marches and fanfares, as well as arrangements of opera, musicals, modern pop and rock songs.
Here’s a link to them playing an ABBA medley.
This is a festival celebrated by the city each July, to thank their children for their courageous actions to save the city from siege in 1632. The children went to the Swedish invaders outside the city, softening their hearts and saving the city from destruction.
The old town hall houses a museum called the “House of History Dinkelsbühl” which covers 800 years of the city’s history.
The Kinderzech Armory is the home of the historical festival displaying original costumes and equipment from 1632.
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