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City Towers, Konstanz: 9 reviews and 22 photos

  Powder Tower
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  • Powder Tower - Konstanz
      Powder Tower
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  • view toward Rhine Gate Tower with statue - Konstanz
      view toward Rhine Gate Tower with statue
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  • Rhine Gate Tower left, Powder Tower right - Konstanz
      Rhine Gate Tower left, Powder Tower right
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  • Rhine Gate Tower - Konstanz
      Rhine Gate Tower
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  • Saint Nepomuk - Konstanz
      Saint Nepomuk
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Three of the city towers that once were part of the fortifications are still preserved. Two of them are right by the Rhine river, at the northern end of the old town.

The western of the two towers is called Powder Tower. It was built 1321 by the Jews as their contribution for the construction of the fortifications. Ironically (and sadly) Jews were held for ransom in this tower between 1430 and 1443.

Farther east, right by the big bridge, is the Rhine Gate Tower from the 15th century, parts of it dating from the 13th century. The gate led to the Rhine bridge, the first one built in medieval times, replaced by a larger one in 1585 that burned down 1856. A modern bridge was built in short distance closer to the lake in 1863 - enlarged a couple of times it is still there nowadays. The Rhine Gate Tower is massive sandstone on the riverside but timber framed on the city side. It is home of the Fasnacht (carnival) museum. Not my cup of tea :-)

Between the two towers you see four sandstone statues from the 19th century depicting Dukes of Baden and Bishops of Konstanz. Another statue, right in front of the Rhine Gate Tower, depicts Saint Nepomuk, the saint of the bridges - how appropriate!

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  • Written Feb 23, 2011
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