If you are thinking of spending an idyllic Christmas vacation, Wertheim may be the place to visit.
Wertheim is a town in southwestern Germany and it is one of the first stops on the German romantic mile. It is located at the confluence of the Tauber and Main rivers and it is known for being home to Burg Wertheim, its landmark castle. It also has a medieval town center which is characterized by half timbered houses and small streets.
Wertheim’s medieval vibe makes it a great place to spend a holiday vacation. Here are some of the things you can enjoy when you visit.
Wertheim Christmas Market
The Wertheim Christmas market takes place in the village piazza. It has an upscale vibe and it’s a great place to find authentic seasonal foods including potato pancakes, succulent pork, traditional black beer spit roast and locally produced mulled wine. Desserts include customized crepes topped with caramelized almonds.
There are also over 100 boutiques to browse. You will find high quality clothing and jewelry items that make terrific gifts.
The festival spans 2 months starting in early November and running through early January, so you have plenty of opportunity to check out the fun.
Visit the Wertheim Glass Museum
The town of Wertheim is known for being a center for the glass manufacturing industry. As such, it should come as no surprise that its Glass Museum is one of its main attractions.
Exhibitions range from luxury glass of ancient times to more modern industrial themes and alternate throughout the year. They also host glass blowing demonstrations.
During the Advent period, check out their special Christmas exhibition where you can see glass ornaments and decorations that pay tribute to the season.
Visit Berg Wertheim
Berg Wertheim is an old castle that sits in in the town of Wertheim. It is a 15-minute hike up a cobblestone street. Once you arrive, you can take in some fantastic views.
There is a café inside the castle that is only open when the castle is open. If you are lucky, you may be able to see the interior and enjoy a hot cup of joe.
Visit the Pointed Tower or Wertheim (Spitzer Turm)
Its hard to walk through Wertheim without catching a view of Spitzer Turm or ‘the pointed tower’. Apparently, the tower was used as a lookout point for the city in the 13th century. It was later a prison for drunkards and wenches.
The tower’s foundation has worn down over the years and like the tower in Pisa, it has a bit of a lean. It is occasionally open for wine tastings.
Visit the Fritz Frischmuth Bakery
This bakery is known for making the best soft pretzel Germany. It’s a great place for resting and enjoying a quick snack. Christmas stollen is a popular item on their holiday menu. It is a fruit bread that contains nuts, spices and candied fruit. It is coated with powdered sugar or icing and often has a marzipan center.
Visit the Evagelische Stiftskirche
гэта 13th century Protestant parish church was built in 1383 and features a clock tower for the residents of the Berg Wertheim castle. Its impressive décor helps it stand out from more extravagant European churches.
This Gothic chapel dates back to 1472 and is considered one of the most beautiful chapels in Germany. The floor features a passage with a tracery balustrade and a weapon fries. It also features the “Wertheimer monkeys” a symbol of vanity. It was originally built as a chapel for canons but also served as a Latin school in the early 1600’s.
Translated at Angel’s well, this landmark was built of red sandstone that is commonly found in the area. It gets its name from the two angels that hold up its Wertheim coat of arms. There are also statues of eight men who played important roles in the town’s history.
This part of town is a popular tourist stop. It has beautiful architecture and lovely views. It is very telling of the town’s history and the many floods that occurred there. Water markings are visible from 1595 onwards.
The Blaues Haus is simply a blue house with an interesting paint job and architectural design. It sits across from the Glass Museum and many say you can get the best view of the building from the museum’s windows. There is a public bathroom around the corner, a rare find in the town.
Other Historic Buildings
Wertheim is full of historic buildings that are great to check out when you’re walking around the city lit up in its Christmas finest. One that’s particularly impressive is a home near the Wertheim town center that was owned by a Jewish family who had to evacuate during World War II.
A mural was erected on the home as a symbol of unity and the family’s sacrifice. There is also a metal plaque inscribed with the names of the residents who died during the war.
Ride the River Queen
If you want to visit Wertheim and other cities along the romantic road, the River Queen is the way to do it.
The River Queen hosts of fleet of unique ships that cruise European waterways with an exterior that resembles 1930’s steamships and an Art Deco interior. They are decorated in textured blue and white fabrics and feature marble bathrooms and inspiring artwork.
They are known for being the #1 ship in the cruise industry and make for a luxury floating hotel. Find out about the festivities they have going on during the Christmas season.
Wertheim makes for an ideal Christmas vacation. With so much to see and do, you are sure to get caught up in its romantic, festive vibe. Which of these activities will you be prioritizing on your holiday visit?