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"The influence of the River Main" Ochsenfurt Things to Do Tip by aaaarrgh

Ochsenfurt Things to Do: 18 reviews and 47 photos

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Ochsenfurt grew up around the furt, or ford, over the River Main. It is hard to believe this today, the river is deep enough for large freight barges to easily pass. Though, very recently, a large wild boar, escaping from hunters, swam the full width of the river and sprinted through the town, knocking down a shopper and breaking her leg!!!

In 1519 a stone bridge was built.

Local riverside towns have had a fashion over the last 200 years to record the flood levels on the sides of prominent buildings. You can find the flood levels recorded on the corner of the Heimatmuseum Schlosschen, on Vorhofstrasse. Blimey, in 1784 the water would have been over 8 feet above my head!!

The carpark by the river often floods today, hence the town has installed some sturdy floodgates to keep the water from the town centre.

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  • Updated Sep 25, 2013
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