Idyllic Rodach and “Heaven’s Favourite Child” Guided Tours in English
There is much more to charming little Bad Rodach than meets the eye! Discover the rich history of this 1000-year-old town right in the green heart of Germany. Bad Rodach was first mentioned in 899 A.D. and it has experienced centuries of changes, battles, crimes, and international love affairs. It even played an important part in Protestant Reformation, in 1529.
Surrounded by houses from the 17th century, we start our tour in the market place. Its lion-topped fountain column will provide an overview of the local history. We cover facts and legends about famous sovereigns, Minnesingers, knights and dragons, and the Dark Counts’ myth (Rodach and the “Comtesse des Ténèbres”: Marie Antoinette’s daughter).
On our way to the old town wall, we will pass by the ducal Hunting Palace from the 18th century, where Prince Albert spent happy childhood holidays. We will also see “Little Weimar”, an old parsonage, where the famous poet and Orientalist Friedrich Rückert praised “Idyllic Rodach” in an extensive ode as “Heaven’s favourite child”.
Our well-preserved Medieval town wall, built by margravine Katharina von Henneberg in the 14th century is said to be haunted by a monk from the former Priory on St. Georgenberg. It plays a prominent part in the Skeleton Tale.
We will visit the impressive baroque Protestant church. Its nave was destroyed during Europe’s horrifying Thirty Years’ War in the 17th century. It was, however, rebuilt by duke Franz Josias in 1755-1758, a major Rodach benefactor, whose heart is buried right here in this church.
In 1529, in the Reformation era, the church’s Gothic choir witnessed the “Tag zu Rodach” (Congress at Rodach) – crucial meeting in Protestant defence against imperial threats.
A stroll through our romantic historic quarter in local Timber-Framing style, venue of the town’s famous night watchmen, will complete our tour.
After walking one and a half hour, we will return to the market place.
Guided tours can be arranged for groups up to 25 people and need be booked in advance.
Guide / Durchführung: Frau Dr. Anja Ulrike Augustin
Price / Preis: 65 €
Gästeinformation Bad Rodach
96476 Bad Rodach
Tel. 09564 / 1550 oder 19 433