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Publically accessible town wall

stadtmauer oberwesel "begehbare stadtmauer" deutschland rheinland-pfalz mittelrheintal rhein mittelalter stadtbefestigung wehrtürmeOn the town wall looking in the direction of Schönburg castlestadtmauer oberwesel "begehbare stadtmauer" deutschland rheinland-pfalz mittelrheintal rhein mittelalter stadtbefestigung wehrtürmeOn the town wall looking in the direction of the Ox Tower

With its 16 fortified towers, the town wall of Oberwesel is the best preserved of its kind in the Middle Rhine region. Over many years, these mediaeval ramparts have been redeveloped in order to open them for tourists. As a result, citizens and visitors are now able to walk along large sections of the town wall. A walk along the wall can be an exciting journey into the past.
Painters and poets have long been fascinated by the townscape of Oberwesel, dominated as it is by the two collegiate churches and the gates and towers of the town wall. A few lines from the travel diary of the French dramatist Victor Hugo will suffice to prove the point: "Oberwesel is particularly scarred by the wars of the Middle Ages. The old town wall is riddled with holes from canon balls and bullets. As on an old parchment, one can decipher dents made by the heavy iron balls fired by the Archbishops of Trier, the bullets from the muskets of Louis XIV, and the grapeshot from our own revolutionaries. But today, Oberwesel is more like an old soldier turned wine-grower. Its red wine is excellent.”
The town wall attracts not only tourists and artists, but also historians. It has been researched by experts in a number of fields for many years. Back in 1922, Prof. Dr. Renard came to the conclusion that, "Of all the Middle Rhine town fortifications, those in Oberwesel are the most extensive, the proudest and the best preserved." In an expert report, the Rhineland-Palatinate State Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments wrote: “The mediaeval fortifications in Oberwesel have been largely preserved; they number amongst the most significant and best preserved mediaeval fortifications in the entire Federal Republic of Germany. They form an essential part of the historic legacy which has made the Middle Rhine valley a UNESCO world heritage.”

 

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