Tauberbischofsheim, Germany

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The name Tauberbischofsheim tells us about the town – it is the home of the bishop on the Tauber river. Today it has around 8,500 inhabitants and thanks to its preserved old architecture, scenic views along the river and its connection to gastronomy is a popular tourist destination being located on the Romantic Road and Siegfriedstrasse.\n\nIn this video I shall tell you a little bit about the history of the town, my visit and what can be seen today!\n\nI arrived by motorhome and left my vehicle in the free stellplatz which is located next to the swimming baths. For those arriving by car, the town is surrounded by large free car parks. My visit took place in June, which also is the wettest month and although on the first day it looked as though it were going to pour down, it did not and on day two I enjoyed brilliant sunny weather!\n\nThe area has been settled for at least five thousand years and we can today see prehistoric finds in the landscape museum in the Kurmainzischen castle of Tauberbischofsheim.\n\nThe railway came in 1867 which in turn led to development. Water supply became assured with the construction of an aqueduct in 1896, in 1900 electrical lighting was introduced. The buildings of the town did not suffer too much as a result of the Nazi rule and the second world war although not so the population. Jewish inhabitants were rounded up by SA thugs on 3 September 1939 and forced to wear signs saying "Wir sind die Kriegshetzer" (We are the warmongers.) They were forced to run to the Tauberbischofsheim synagogue, where they were humiliated. They had to kneel and kiss the ground. Then they were forced to rush into the nearby stream. The 15 Jewish families were detained for weeks in the town hall. A commemorative plaque was erected in the foyer of the town hall in 1981 which commemorates the 35 Jewish citizens who were murdered in the Shoah. The Jewish population had existed since the early thirteenth century although pogroms had occurred in 1235, 1298, 1336-1339 and 1348-49. From the 17th century, the number of Jews in Tauberbischofsheim increased. There was a synagogue, a school, a ritual bath and a cemetery and the work of ritual slaughterer and religious teacher was performed by the rabbi. In 1933 there were 106 Jewish people in the city, this ancient community was destroyed by the Nazis with those that did not emigrate or escape being deported to the Gurs concentration camp on 22 October 1940. Whereas there is no longer a Jewish community, there are however a number of sites of Jewish interest in the area which the tourist can visit.\n\nAfter the Second World War Tauberbischofsheim was occupied by American troops. In 1955, the 1200th anniversary of Tauberbischofsheim was celebrated. In 1972 Tauberbischofsheim received a motorway connection to the A 81. In 1970 the "Tauberfränkische landscape museum" was opened in the Kurmainzischen castle. In the year 1983 the Tauberbischofsheimer Christmas market was organized for the first time on the market place. Since 1995, the Christmas market takes place on the Schlossplatz and in the castle cellar at the Kurmainz castle .\n\nTauberbischofsheim is great for cyclists and hikers, it is located on Taubertalradweg, a 101 kilometer long cycle path which runs through the valley of the Tauber in its entire length and is relatively flat. One can also follow the Odenwald-Madonnen-Weg which begins in Tauberbischofsheim and takes one to Königheim, Walldürn, the Neckar valley at Eberbach and Heidelberg to the Rhine. Those on foot might like to see the educational wine tour! \n\nThere are a number of museums including a pharmacy museum in the former pharmacy on Sonnenplatz, a farm Museum, two village museums, a school museum and the Tauberfränkisches Landscape Museum in the Kurmainz castle\n\nThe old town, which was formerly surrounded by a city wall, houses the castle and numerous renaissance houses. The marketplace is surrounded by the town hall and several half-timbered houses. The Tauberbischofsheimer Rathaus is one of the few in southern Germany, which were built in neo-Gothic style. \n\nOne of the most attractive old buildings is the Hunger Tower which is today located next to the Mühl kanal. Near the Hungry Tower is the Kurmainz Castle with the Tower of the Turks, another tower of the former city fortifications. It was probably built at the beginning of the late Middle Ages as part of the city wall and the name suggests it was used as a prison. As with many other towns, the approximately ten meter high city wall and up to 20 towers were removed with urban development, this tower alongside small part of the city wall survived. It is today protected.

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