Our last town was Bad Wimpfen. We walked around and I bought quite a few scarves and other goodies that would fit in my backpack. As I did when I traveled through Europe two years ago, I did all my birthday and Christmas shopping for friends and family at the various shops in the different towns we visited.
I haven't really much to say about Bad Wimpfen other than it is one of the many medieval towns along the Rhine and Nekkar rivers, snaking through the heartland of Germany. It is a historic spa town where people came to bathe in the mineral waters, hoping to improve their health. It was settled first by Celts around 450 B.C., was conquered by Domitian and became a Roman province around 98 A.D. It came to Fraconia at 500 A.D. where Christianity bloomed and today holds some of the oldest Christian buildings, originating from this time. It was a focal point of the Reformation with Erhard Schnepf being the most prominent preacher who spoke there. There are many extremely old historic buildings, some of the oldest we saw on this trip.
|Half-timbered buildings in the town square.|
|Josh showing our state of mind after eight days and biking 240 miles from Koblenz to Bad Wimpfen.|
|Home of Johannes Denner (1655-1707), musician, maker of musical instruments and inventor of the clarinet.|
|As with Ebersbach, the town was built onto the side of the hill. Josh and I had very little energy to climb up and down after a day of biking but managed somehow. I'm sure we earned some kind of trooper award, but we were ready to quit.|
|Friends we had made from Germany, Denmark and Norway climbed the steeple to the top of the church. We didn't.|
|Translation: Former Inn Quarters of General Tilly vor der Schlacht during the Thirty Years War in 1622|
|Translation: Attention drivers: Beware of the dog.|