Thursday, March 15, 2007

Mini Scenes from Forchheim

Forchheim was founded in 805 and in 2005, Forchheim celebrated its 1,200th anniversary.

At the time when the coat of arms was conferred on the town at the beginning of the 13th century, people wrongly believed that their town’s name, "Vorchheim" came from the Old High German word vorhe (“trout”). This resulted in the coat of arms showing two trout (above).

Although the rivers around the town were surely home to a great many trout in those days, the town’s name actually came from the Old High German word vorha (“pine”). So it means “Pine-home”.

Forchheim is a former royal city, and is sometimes called the “Gateway to the Franconian Switzerland”, as the region is known. It's a stunning area and Forchheim is a beautiful and very quaint place to visit.

Rathaus (City Hall), 14th–16th centuries with décor by Hans Ruhalm, 1523.

Festungsmauer (fortification wall), 1560-1750

Kammerersmühle (a quaintly leaning old mill, now used as a wine bar), 17th century.

Klosterkirche and Kloster (monastery church, and monastery) 17th century.

I hope everyone is having a great week. Things have been busy around here so I haven't had much time to blog. Hope to get more blogging and photos posted next week!

1 comment:

Wendy said...

These pictures are post card perfect.

I just love german arcitecture.
Thanks for the blog update, don't make me worry about you again. Last time I was getting ready to send out a search party!! LOL