Wertheim

Wertheim stands at the point where the rivers Tauber and Main meet. Its earliest records date from 1183. A gunpowder explosion in 1619 plus the destruction caused by the Thirty Years War turned the von Wertheim family castle into a ruin. More importantly, it's a small town on the river where we stopped.

A glassblowing demonstration onboard ship in the morning featured the man who set up the home visits in the afternoon. A luncheon picnic in the tiny square followed a fun experiment, where groups of shipmates were given money and instructions to buy a part of the picnic: bread, meats, wine, cheese, etc. A good time was had by all. In the afternoon, we boarded buses to attend home-hosted Kaffeeklatschs, whose origins occurred a while ago when stranded visitors were put up for the night by tender-hearted locals. They liked it so much that the tour company includes a home visit in every trip.

 
 
 
   
 

 

 

The flooding of the river is huge for all the towns. Here is a door, whose lefthand frame gives the dates when the water rose above the door's threshold, while some floods were so high they are written on the house wall.

Because it is hard to see, I'll point out some horrendous floods. In 1764, the waters rose to a point just below the flowers on the window sill above the door. In 1845 and 1882, the waters rose above the door frame. In this and the last century, six floods made the water rise from the door's mid-window to just below the door's handle, the latest being in 2011! In 1993 and again in 1998, water rose higher than the threshold of the door.

 

 

Remember that you are looking at Wertheim photos.