Creglingen is a small town located in the Tauber valley in Southern Germany. It is one of the main stops on the German Romantic mile. It is known for its scenic countryside that is rich in woods and vinelands. It also has several museums and historic sites which is a bit overwhelming considering its small size.
The town has a little city appeal and a wealth of activities that makes it a great Christmas vacation stop. In fact, it is so scenically perfect, you will find several Creglingen Christmas ornaments available for sale online. For instance, you can shop амазонка for a tree ornament that features a view of the town. Etsy also sells a vintage wood house the makes the perfect addition to a Creglingen Christmas village.
But don’t rely on souvenirs alone. Read on to find out what you can be doing when you visit for the holidays.
Visit the Celtic Fortification Wall Near Finsterlohr
The remains of this fortification wall will give you an idea of how old the town truly is. It was established as in the 14th century but written proof of the town as a settlement goes back three centuries earlier.
The well-preserved wall is one of the many structures that remain from these early times. It is known for being one of the most interesting fortifications from Celtic times. It sits on a plateau and three sides look over the Tauber valley.
Hergottskirche translates to the Church of our Lord. It was built in the 14th century after a farmer claimed to have found an undamaged communion host in this fields. This was considered a miracle and millions of pilgrims flocked to the structure that is located just south of the town’s historic center.
The church is known for its medieval carved woodwork created by sculptor Tilman Riemenschneider. This includes the four alters with the famous Alter of the Virgin Mary among them. Other pieces feature exquisite details and carry meaningful religious message.
The Thimble Museum
Also called Fingerhutmuseum, this museum is full of more than 4,000 thimbles from around the world. These include very old thimbles with intricate sculptures, jewel encrusted thimbles, mammoth bone and stone thimbles and even a Michael Jackson memorial thimble. There are thimbles made of leather, gold, embroidered silk, animal bone, glass, ceramic, ivory, and more.
The Jewish Museum
An infamous part of Creglingen’s history is its involvement in the Nazi movement. Unfortunately, many of its Jewish inhabitants were killed during the war. The town pays tribute to those people with a Jewish cemetery that is the final resting home of many past residents and local town councilors.
There is also a Jewish Museum in the center of town which provides insight to its Jewish community. Its permanent exhibition, “Roots and Paths” show the regional roots of Jewish life in the community including the efforts that brought the Jews to settle in foreign countries.
There are several special events and exhibits that take place in the facility throughout the year.
Lindleintrurm is another ancient structure located in the town. The bottom part of it is a watchtower that was built in the Middle Ages. The top part is a house that was built by the owner of the tower in the late part of the 18th century. This building opened as a museum in 1999. Visit to see how the inhabitants lived in ancient times.
St. Kunigund Chapel
This restored chapel is surrounded by a garden wall that encloses a medieval cemetery and a one thousand year old Linden Tree. The architecture includes Romanesque stone heads on the outer wall of the church. You can also view a Picture of Knight on Charger which was created in 1230 and a Late Baroque Alter circa 1760.
Take a lovely walk from the Kunigund Chapel to visit these castle ruins. They are located at the edge of the woods near the well-preserved medieval town of Aub. They feature the castle’s original cellar, a restored tower and a lovely moat. It makes a terrific backdrop for local festivals and plays. Find out what seasonal events may be taking place when you visit.
Fire Brigade Museum
The Fire Brigade Museum is housed in a former moated castle. It documents the history of fire fighting technology from over the last 2000 years including fire pumps, an international collection of firemen’s helmets, stamps with firefighting themes, fire fighting equipment and more. Be patient after ringing the bell at the front door. It could take up to five minutes for someone to answer and let you in.
Flachs (Flax) Museum
Visit this museum to find out how flax was turned into linen. Up until the 20th century, every village had a community where the fiber stems of flax plants were processed and spun into linen. The museum contains the last flax hut in the region and illustrates every stage of the process complete with actual tools and pictures.
This castle ruins are located just below the village of Seldeneck. It was built in the 12th century and destroyed in 1408. Little remains of the castle, but it offers a terrific view of the Tauber Valley and the town of Rothenburg. It’s a favorite stop for hikers who are looking to take a break from the Main-Donau Hiking Trail.
This small but lovely chapel is located in the Village of Standorf. It features a unique octagonal design inspired by the Octagonal Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. It was built by Graf Konrad from Hohenlohe-Brauneck to show gratitude for his return from the crusades.
The church was used to store the shroud of Turin. It was also a popular pilgrimage for people of the Middle Ages who believed the water below the chapel cured eye problems.
The large oak beam has been supporting the church since 1220. In order to get the key, you will have to visit Herr Kurt Wagner who lives a short walk from the church.
Creglingen’s medieval charm makes it a terrific Christmas vacation. What will you be doing when you visit?