Miltenberg Castle. This castle dates
to the 1200's
Views of Miltenberg's Hauptstrasse, the city's main street; it is lined with half-timbered houses, restaurants
and interesting shops.
Gasthaus zum Riesen or Hotel Riesen is a beautifully restored inn that claims to be Germany's oldest
Inn. It dates from 1590, and a local historical document indicates that the owner at the time was granted the right to fell
a hundred oak trees for its construction.
Miltenberg has many half-timbered houses, most dating to the 16th century.
St. Jakobus - the town church of Miltenberg. The Classicist
church towers and the sandstone nave point to the 19th century. In the Church interior, on the other hand, one immediately
sees the mighty Roman columns from the 14th Century
If you look closely you can see the Miltenberg castle
on the hill at the end of Main Street
Interesting set of steps leading through an arch.
Unfortunately I did not have time to further investigate.
And here we have to sets of steps leading down to
an iron gate. A prison or dungeon?
Nope, its' the city water well dug in 1611.
Click here for "A Local parade in Miltenberg".
Business signs were "Works of Art"
Okay, here are two signs
that look like they have the Star of David below them. Not so. The sign is actually two triangles interlocked
and has been used by beer brewers in Germany for a long time. I heard two explanations for what it means. The first
was that the two triangles stand for Fire and water, the two elements used in beer brewing. The second was that brewer's
star was intended to symbolize purity; that is, a brewer who affixed the insignia to his product was thereby declaring
his brew be completely pure of additives, adjuncts, etc. In fact, folklore has it that the six points of the star represented
the six aspects of brewing most critical to purity: the water, the hops, the grain, the malt, the yeast, and the brewer.