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Wertheim Village

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Europe: Germany
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Wertheim, the mediaeval town on the rivers Main and Tauber, is the center of a vast romantic tourist region, situated between Odenwald and Spessart and at the entrance of the charming Tauber valley.

The imposing castle of Wertheim rises above the historical and picturesque old town with its magnificent half-timbered houses. It was built in the 11th century. From the splendid donion visitors enjoy a fantastic view of the old town and the hills of Spessart and Odenwald.

There is a lot to discover in Wertheim: The Spitze Turm, an ancient observation tower, where today you make take part in a wine tasting of the area's wines. The market-place with its fruit and vegetable market on Wednesday and Saturday and its typical Franconian atmosphere. The former Household of the Princes of Wertheim-Lowenstein-Rosenberg, today the seat of the municipal administration. The Stiftdkirche (Collegiate Church) and the Engelsbrunnen (Angels' Fountain) are always worth a visit. The jewel of the town is the "Haus der vier Gekronten" (House of the Four Kings) in Rathausgasse, across from the Country Museum, which shows collections of numerous artists and writers, who visited Wertheim during the 19th century. The museum houses among other things the largest collection of paintings by Otto Modersohn, an exhibition about the cultivation of vine and an exhibition of Jewish history. Wertheim ha one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe.

A short walk will lead you to the Glass Museum in the "Kallenbach'sche Haus", a beautiful half-timbered house, which was built in 1557. A didactic show gives a comprehensive survey of glass production and use, from drinking glass to laboratory glassware. The extensive collection shows both objects from 2500 BC and today's international studio glass, beads by Phoenician glassmakers and complicated technical instruments for the industry, which especially in Wertheim has contributed its share to found the unique Glass Museum in Baden-Wurttemberg. A special attraction for old and young people is the Christmas exhibition from the first Advent Sunday till January 6.

For more info: www.WertheimVillage.com
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