"Bad Wimpfen - like a page out of the history book" Bad Wimpfen by christine.j

Bad Wimpfen Travel Guide: 50 reviews and 247 photos

Staging the Emperor's Entrance

This year, 2010, it's 775 years ago that the Staufer Emperor Frederic II held court in Bad Wimpfen. There are several plays and parades in order of this big event in the history of the town.
Bad Wimpfen takes great pride in its very old history and the actors do a great job.

Bad Wimpfen is a small town with a beautiful medieval center, about 45 minutes from Heidelberg.It's very much off the beaten path. I think it's one of the few medieval towns in Germany where I heard only German spoken in the streets, no tourists at all. However the local dialect sometimes is harder to understand than English.
An exception to this is the time of the Christmas market, when busloads of tourist arrive for the famous market there.

When walking up the hill the main street coming from the train station, look up and you can see this knight guarding the entrance to Bad Wimpfen.

In many guide books about Bad Wimpfen you can still read about the angel museum. The owner of this museum died and the family couldn't keep it open, so the museum doesn't exist any more.
It's a pity, this was a nice, small museum which showed lots about guardian angels in art.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Straight out of the history book
  • Cons:Steep,cobble stone,can be hard to walk
  • In a nutshell:It's worth a short visit
  • Last visit to Bad Wimpfen: Jul 2010
  • Intro Updated Jul 11, 2010
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  • rexvaughan's Profile Photo
    Aug 22, 2012 at 6:07 AM

    Lovely photos and great tips on Bad Wimpfen, Christine. Thanks. I don't know if we will get there, but I hope so!

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    Bad Wimpfen looks indeed lovely!

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    The colorful pigs in town must be a treat to stroll by while you enjoy such a nice place. YOu did a good job of taking pictures and describing the sites. WE have cows in Kansas City similar to your pig displays.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2010 at 10:57 PM

    A wonderful page Christine! I have learnt some of your custom's, and also about this really interesting town, thanks.

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Great page! I really enjoyed my recent trip to Germany -- what a great country! I hope someday to visit during the Christmas season.

  • himalia11's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Interesting page! This could be a destination for week-end trip!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Wonderful updates!! Pig museum ahh, and the markets! I seriously consider to book myself into Herberge zur Traube for one of the Christmas market weekends :-) Sad to hear that the angel museum is closed :-(

  • craic's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2008 at 3:37 AM

    what a great little town with such a cute name

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    A very witty page Christine = I did enjoy the re - read

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2007 at 8:41 PM

    Hang onto your hat, the hangman's comin' real soon, followed by jugglers, and minstrels in tune!

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