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“Baumeistershaus and former residenz Heinrich Toppler”
Review of Schmiedgasse

Schmiedgasse
Ranked #10 of 64 things to do in Rothenburg
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Owner description: An elegant residential street near the city center.
Reviewed October 7, 2010

The Schmiedgasse (Smithy Lane) is one of the major streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It starts eastern corner of the Market Place and goes south to the Plönlein (Little Place) where the name of the street changes to Spitalgasse after you pass through the Siebers Tower. On this street, you will find some of the best shops and restaurants. Obere Schmiedgasse: in this street is the Baumeisterhaus (Master Builder House); work and residence of the stonemasons Leonhard Weidmann, and is probably the most beautiful patrician house of Rothenburg with its Renaissance façade and the magnificent courtyard (1596). Today it is used as a café. Two rows of statues on the front of the building (in plastic as the originals are in the Reichsstadt Museum). They depict the seven virtues and seven vices. The 7 virtues: tenderness, motherhood, meekness, temperance, courage, justice and wisdom. The 7 vices: gluttony, betrayal, falsity, greed, lust, inertia and vanity. The sign over the door has the date 1596, the year this house was built. Next to the Baumeisterhaus, is the former residence of Rothenburg's most famous mayor Heinrich Toppler, which dates back to 1400. Toppler was imprisoned in the dungeon of the old Rathaus in 1408 and legend has it that his wife tried to dig a tunnel to the prison to free him. He died 2 months after his imprisonment. The building serves now as Gasthof Goldener Greifen.

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