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Stoeberleinsturm, Rothenburg

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  • This is just one of many fascinating architectural structures of Rothenberg but very pretty and well defined, well over half a millennium old from what we learnt about it. 
    This is just one of many fascinating architectural structures of Rothenberg but very pretty and well defined, well over half a millennium old from what we learnt about it.  more »
  • Not the tallest or, from the outside, most picturesque towers in Rothenburg, but still mighty cool and well worth a pass through. 
    Not the tallest or, from the outside, most picturesque towers in Rothenburg, but still mighty cool and well worth a pass through.  more »
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  • The Stöberleinsturm is a tower and former gate in the famous Rothenburg fortified city wall. This beautiful tower features four hexagonal watchtowers with individual roofs on its corners. The tower has also been known as the Hundsturm (dog's tower).
  • If you want to know more, continue reading: it is the only tower in Rothenburg with its original medieval roof and it has corner turrets that most of the other towers also had. Built outside the early city walls, the tower and connected building served as a hospital and center for the poor. Today there is a wonderful open-air theater under the tower called Stöberlein's Stage (Stöberleinsbühne) which hosts lively open-air plays during the Rothenburg festivals. The natural bowl of the theater butts up against a wonderful multi-tiered section of the city wall. Outside the Rothenburg city wall, near this tower, once stood the Vinegar Jar Castle (Burgstall Essigkrug), which was built by the Counts of Comburg around 1080. The Counts oversaw this part of Franconia, including the nearby parish in Detwang, as early as 970 from his court at Schwäbisch Hall. While his fort was half the size of Hohenstaufen Castle built nearby in 1142, it was an important vantage point for protecting the River Tauber below. In 1115 Conrad III Hohenstaufen (whose uncle was Holy Roman Emperor) married the daughter of the last Count of Comburg-Rothenburg just a year before the line died out. Conrad would later become Duke of Franconia in 1116, King of Germany in 1138, and built his own larger castle at Rothenburg in 1142, helping to establish the city in 1170. If you liked it, please give it a like, thanks.

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