Mosbach

On Sunday we went to Mosbach to see a friend perform with her choir at the Stiftskirche (Collegiate Church) there. We arrived pretty early and the church wasn’t open yet, so we decided to have a bit of a walk around and go for coffee.

I initially thought Mosbach was a village, but my boyfriend assures me it’s a town and Wikipedia tells me it has a population of 24,233, so I guess he’s right.
The drive to Mosbach from Karlsruhe took about an hour and 15 minutes (for those who know the area, it’s in between Heidelberg and Heilbronn). It lies on the Deutsche Fachwerkstrasse (German Half-timbered Road), from which I’m sure you can guess what there is to see there…

Yep, it’s another town that’s full of half-timbered houses. Here are some (sorry the photo’s a bit dark):

Those of you who have been reading for a while will have gathered by now that I’m a fan of this kind of architecture. For any new readers, in a nutshell: I LOVE half-timbered buildings! They always make me think of houses in fairytales.

Here is Mosbach town hall (the building with the clock), which I thought was a church when I first saw it (and Wikipedia tells me I was correct – it started life as St. Cecelia’s Catholic Church until Otto-Henry, Elector Palatine, ordered it to close because he refused to tolerate Catholics in his principality). Again, much prettier than Karlsruhe’s excuse for a Rathaus (I haven’t forgotten that I promised you a photo of it for comparison, I just haven’t been in town with my camera recently).

The town’s emblem is the Palmsches Haus (Palm House – the words “Anton Palm” are engraved on one corner of the building, so Palm is presumably the surname of the original owner). Naturally, I failed to take a photo of that despite getting one of the bulding next to it, so you’ll have to make do with this one from Wikipedia:

Description in de wikipedia Bildbeschreibung: ...Here is the church where we went to see our friend perform. It is used as both an Evangelical and a Catholic church. The Catholic part is known as St. Juliana while the Evangelical bit (where we were) is the Stiftskirche. It’s quite nice inside, too, but I didn’t actually manage to take any photos in there.

After the performance, we went to a Greek restaurant called Artemis. The food was good, but the service was incredibly slow. Also, my friend who is lactose intolerant ordered the salmon filet and it turned out to be in a bowl surrounded by creamy/cheesy potatoes. No mention of that on the menu!

Mosbach is very pretty to look at, but there doesn’t seem to be a great deal to do there. There is a town museum (I think almost every German town has one!) and a castle that you can look at but not go in, so the best time to visit Mosbach would be on a warm, sunny day when you can walk around and look at things without getting cold.

A cute street in Mosbach
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10 thoughts on “Mosbach

  1. Aww that looks gorgeous! Love the Fachwerk too! In my area there are very few of ’em.
    In May I was in the Frankfurt area (Oestrich Winkel) and it was so pretty! I can absolutely recommend the Rheingau for a small day-or weekend trip! I am sorry for your friend that he got cheesy potatoes .. I guess you have to specifically explain that to the waiters as it is a very specific intolerance. I am one of the picky Y difficult ones myself (Veggie & cannot have wheat) so I can know πŸ˜‰

    Love,
    Svenja
    xx

    1. Unfortunately my friend doesn’t speak much German and the waiter’s didn’t seem that brilliant either, so she just chose the one thing on the menu that didn’t say it came with cheese or Tsatziki. It turned out it did anyway.

      I don’t know Oestrich WInkel. Will keep it in mind for our next trip.

    1. It is very pretty πŸ™‚ Unfortunately Karlsruhe doesn’t have Fachwerk buildings )only about 3 in an area that was originally a separate village and they look quite run down) so I have to go on day trips to get my fix πŸ˜€

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