Take a walk along the town walls and discover the historic fortifications of Oberwesel

An exploration of our historic town walls will take you on a journey of discovery back into the Middle Ages.

The walls, which remain largely intact in their original medieval form, are a monument of outstanding quality and
are amongst the most significant and best preserved fortifications in the whole of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Visitors may climb up on the walls at many points and may also ascend and view a number of the towers. A tour
of the old fortifications may give you an idea of just what the circular town walls meant to people in times gone by.

As well as providing protection against attack, flooding and ice drift, they were of almost equal importance for the
reputation of a town. High walls and towers were visible for miles and bore impressive witness to power and wealth.
The town walls of Oberwesel once extended over a length of more than 2 ½ kilometres and varied in height from
8 to 16 metres depending on the terrain. Additional protection was offered in the form of 22 towers, 16 of which still
stand today.

 Stop along the way to enjoy the fabulous views of our attractive town from the many vantage points.
Over recent years, the town walls have been lovingly and carefully restored by the “Bauverein Historische Stadt
Oberwesel e.V.”. The Association has worked in close conjunction with a large number of institutions on this project
and has received private sponsorship as well as funding from the Office for the Preservation of Historical Monuments
of the State of Rhineland Palatinate.
Take a walk along the town walls

Special Highlights

A - Zehnerturm
The Zehnerturm was the last of the fortification towers to Haagsturm/Roter Turm
be built. It is located directly on the River Rhine and once
functioned as a customs tower. Today it is home to a small
exhibition which is open to general view.

B - Haagsturm/Roter Turm
Haag Tower is the name now mostly given to the round
tower formerly known as the Red Tower. It was named
after Carl Haag, who established a workshop here in 1865.

C - Mutter-Rosa-Kapelle
The Mutter-Rosa-Kapelle, formerly known as Werner- Steingassenturm
Kapelle, dates from the 13th century. Its Baroque dome
makes it a notable sight within the townscape as does in
particular its unique location on the Rhine side of the town
walls. The picturesque Rheinstraße runs under the choir.

D - Steingassenturm
Like most of the other towers to be found on Oberwesel’s
walls, the Steingassenturm features one open side facing
the town. This makes it a particularly attractive tower to

E - Ochsenturm
The Ochsenturm rises like an exclamation mark at the
northern end of the town walls. It is unique amongst the
town’s towers in the way in which it demonstrates the
power and confidence of medieval Oberwesel.

F - Niederburger Torturm
The Niederburger Torturm was destroyed in 1689 during Mühlenturm
the War of the Palatine Succession. Towards the end of the
19th century, one of the town’s citizens erected a belvedere
on the ruins of the tower. This provides today’s visitors with
fine views over Oberwesel.

G - Mühlenturm
The Mühlenturm once secured the hinterland of the town.
This was the location of 14 mills which supplied flour and
grain to Oberwesel.

H - St. Martinskirche
The Gothic style St. Martin’s Church is set on the hills overlooking
Oberwesel and features a bell tower integrated
into the walls which once formed part of the town’s defences.
This structure is an illustrative architectural example
of the sacral fortifications of the Rhineland Region.

I - Stadtmauergarten
Enjoy the peace and quiet of nature in the new town park
located on the outside of the walls facing the Rhine Gorge.

J - Liebfrauenkirche
The Liebfrauenkirche is one of the most significant Gothic
style churches in the Rhineland. The Golden Alter, one of
the oldest shrine altars in Germany, is of particular

Town wall Walking trail

You may find here the flyer of the "town wall walking trail"!