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At first I was told that Stadtilm is "only" about 725 years old. The newest information is that nobody really knows the age of this town. When I walked through the medieval part of this small town I had no doubts that it was old.
Please wear good walking shoes or sneakers - dress shoes will not be a good choice for the rough cobble stone paving.
My judgment a few years ago was that still some work has do be done to make Stadtilm more attractive to visitors. I assume that some progress gas been achieved since that.
In order to help this unique place we decided to include it in our tourist guide for beautiful Thuringia. Normally, many towns have an excellent restaurant with this or a similar name - always adjacent to an old or still active city hall. Here I found the doors locked for good.
The "Ratskeller", a restaurant - closed
Certainly, you will find hidden treasures in this museum
The museum is located directly behind the city hall. However, I - with an empty stomach - I did not feel in shape for a visit.
The word "Zinsboden" did not mean anything to me. The building dates back to around 1350 and was used by a convent to store food which was also accepted instead of money as tenancy for the land used by farmers. Even living pigs were kept there. The building became the biggest hog house of Thuringia.
After a good Thuringian meal in Kranichfeld, I returned the next day to visit the well known church "St. Marien". I learned that this church with the twin towers dates back to the 12 th century.
No wonder that renovation is needed. Unfortunately, this was going one during my visit and even access to the area around the church was not allowed.
The impressive church "St. Marien" in Stadtilm
Parking was no problem but do not forget to pay or to use the parking disk whenever they are allowed for time limited free parking.
I wish that the town put up signs to find the attractions. However, I may have missed them because of some impatient, tailgating Thuringian drivers. Even with a speed limit of 30 km/hour they can make you nervous!
I was lucky and found parking close to the church
Stadtilm is called the "town of the seven wonders". I did not know that when I was there and did nor see anything unusual. After reading the description of the seven wonders I am not surprised that I did not recognize a single one of them.
If you come to Stadtilm do your own test and try to find them!
During our next visit of Thuringia, we will try to visit Stadtilm again to see what had changed. Hopefully the renovation of the church will be completed and we can visit it.
This monument is dedicated to the local composer Albert Methfessel
Another sight of the church "St. Marien"
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