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Nordlingen

Nestled in the heart of Bavaria, Nördlingen is a hidden gem where medieval charm meets cosmic wonder. Encircled by ancient walls, it's a town born from a meteorite impact and steeped in centuries of history. Read more

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One of Germany’s rare towns still completely surrounded by its medieval walls, Nördlingen has a charm that feels like a leap back in time. Its significance isn't just historical but also geological. The town sits in the middle of the Ries Crater, a massive impact site from a meteor strike some 15 million years ago. This cosmic connection means many buildings in Nördlingen are sprinkled with microscopic diamonds, remnants of the asteroid's collision. The town's layout, with its well-preserved medieval buildings and cobblestone streets, offers visitors a unique blend of terrestrial history and extraterrestrial wonders.
From its cosmic origins to its rich medieval heritage, Nördlingen offers visitors a unique blend of natural wonder and historical enchantment. It's a place where tales of knights and asteroids intertwine, creating a narrative unlike any other.

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St. George's Church Tower (Daniel)

Dominating the town's skyline, this church tower offers panoramic views of Nördlingen and its distinctive circular shape.

Nördlingen City Wall

Wander atop one of the best-preserved medieval walls in Germany, encircling the entire town.

Ries Crater Museum (Rieskrater Museum)

Delve into the history and geology of the meteorite impact that shaped the region.

Bavarian Railway Museum (Bayerisches Eisenbahnmuseum)

A paradise for train enthusiasts, it showcases historic locomotives and railway artifacts.

Nördlingen Town Museum (Stadtmuseum)

Journey through the town's rich history, from its medieval past to its unique geological significance.

Gerlachschmiede

A historic blacksmith's shop, it stands as a testament to the town's medieval craftsmanship.

Klösterle

Once a Franciscan monastery, this historic building now serves as a cultural venue for various events and exhibitions.

Nördlingen Rathaus (Town Hall)

A splendid example of Gothic architecture, it’s a centerpiece in the town's main market square.

Reichsstadtfest

Held annually, this festival transports Nördlingen back to the Middle Ages with period costumes, music, and markets.

Tanner's Quarter

A picturesque part of town, it boasts narrow lanes, half-timbered houses, and a glimpse into the tanning industry of old.

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