Tauberbischofsheim at the Romantic Street

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It is really a hard choice which town at the Romantic Street should be the place for vacation or only a visit. Perhaps you have looked to Dinkelsbuehl , the towns Fuessen or Landsberg, now we have a view on Tauberbischofsheim.

This nice town is not a real Bavarian town but very near in the neighbourhood. It is located in the franconian part of the Federal State Baden-Wuerttemberg and we will now jump in.

Tauberbischofsheim is a center in the region between the rivers Main and Tauber. It is a town surrounded from hills, forests, vine yards and farmland. To keep old houses and history alive the first pedestrian area in Baden-Württemberg was founded here.

Big names like Emperor Friedrich Barbarossa, General Tilly, the excellent architect Balthasar Neumann, the woodcraft magician Tilman Riemenschneider or the painter Matthias Gruenewald were guests in that town and they all leave some documents of their being there.

Sportmen know that here is the location of Germany's Olympic Fencing Training Base. Handycraft people perhaps know Tauberbischofsheim by the world known branch leader in woodworking machines. So this town has an excellent mixture between industry and culture. And it is also a center of administration and school for the whole area of the Main-Tauber region.

The lovelyness of town location and the valley of the river Tauber is marvellous for recreation, vacation or only relaxing.

The people are very friendly, the food is a must to try and the vines of that region are known all over the world. And if you are lucky and find a person who speaks your language perhaps you will hear some of the old legendary tales from that area they kept in memory for hundreds of years.

To give you just now the feeling to be in one of Tauberbischofheim's nice guesthouses and hear talking the old guys - lay back in your chair and hear (excuse me, read) the following tales.

In the district Distelhausen you can see the chapel of Saint Wolfgang. Outside there is a gravestone with the name "Johann Klinger", in the inside is a stone picture of the Holy Mary with a damage at the neck. And people will tell you:

In the Middle Ages the farmer Johann Klinger was ploughin his field near the river Tauber. His horse was sick and it was a hard work. A bigger stone laying on his field he throw into the river. Next morning starting again to plough there curiously the same stone was on the old place again. He throw him a second time in the river. But as he came the third day to work on that field and the stone was again on his location he get a strange feeling before he could throw him a third time. He turned the stone and was very astonished to find a picture on him showing Jesus Christ, Mary and Joseph and Saint Wolfgang. He sank on his knees, praised the Lord and requested health for his horse too. As he had finished his horse was healed. He thank the Lord by building this chapel for Saint Wolfgang and placed the stone in the inside.

About the damage of Mary's neck in the stone picture some oldies told another version from that chapel:

In the 15th century the the plague has killed half of the citizens from Distelhausen. The living ones swear to build a chapel for Saint Wolfgang if he would save them. Short time after the promise the plague was away. The people built that church and made every year a prozession in honour to Saint Wolfgang on the 31th of october. This old use they still do with the horse prozession on Pfingsten now. But back to the story. One day a bad guy was coming to that chapel, everything else in mind but not to pray. He saw the stone picture, cursed and beated the picture with his sword. Only the damage, you can see today, was happened. So he tried to beat harder to cut the head of Mary but he killed himself with that stroke. Since these days sometimes appears in clear moon nights a rider on a white horse in the fields carrying his head in the hands.

At last a story about the owner of that castle "Gamburg" .

In the near is an old mill, if you are on bike or by car in the area, you should stop there, take a rest and have a nice view. The mill was founded 1595 after documentation and from that first year you will see a mark from a big flood disaster. The legend tells following about that flood mark:

The knight of Gamburg restet someday after a hunt in that mill. He saw a wonderful young lady and fell in love to her although he was married. The mill man told him, that the girl is off duty always from thursday evening til saturday morning. To that times not usual but she was so busy that the mill man had agreed her conditions. The knight tried to met her on thursday evening but Melusine, so her name, was suddenly disappeared. Next thursday evening he was smarter, followed her and saw, she was bathing in the river. In the clear moonlight he could see that she was a water-nymph. In these old times people know the laws of the ghosts and so he picked up her cloth and she was captured after her secret rules.

The knight built a small castle near the mill and from thursday evening till saturday he lived there with her. The other days he lived with his wife, nobody told she has made some trouble about. The mill man was very religious or jealous and so he ran to the prior of the monastery in Bronnbach telling him this "uncristian" behavior. The prior gave him an ordinated paper with secret words and ordered him to put it on the steps before the water-nymph climb up. The mill man has done so and than, the legend told, a big screaming was to hear and a heavy fall into the water. The girl never appeared again. The knight was so sorry about that he died. His wife gave the small castle to some nuns and died a little later. A few days after her death the river Tauber flow over, nobody knew why.

Perhaps it was the revenge of the water mights. The nuns all ran away and gave the small castle, after the flood disaster was ended, to a new mill man. He changed the castle to that mill you can see now.

Ok, that's enough for today and Tauberbischofsheim. The best will be you plan a one-day-visit or a bigger vacation there, you will appreciate that.

Script by J.W.Lohfink, for any mistakes in spell or grammar I apologize as a precaution, corrections, questions or comments please mail to me.

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