I had to visit the beautiful medieval castle village of Kronenburg twice. That was because the first time it was during the days of the Christmas market when the streets were filled up with people and I couldn’t see anything of the settlement but hardly passing each other people on the narrow, cobbled streets or drinking Glühwein around numerous tables.
The second time, it was a couple of weeks before the Christmas market, and the difference was striking. A jogger, a man with two market bags and two couples with rucksacks, obviously, tourists or pilgrims – these were the people that I saw on the streets of the village that day. I thought I heard voices behind the closed doors of the numerous inns or pubs, but I didn’t see any sign of life in them within. Thus, the atmosphere was a bit ghostly, reminding me somehow of a film set or of a deserted and forgotten settlement.
‘Picturesque’ – this is the word that I use to describe places where I really take a lot of pictures. And such a place was Kronenburg too, with its medieval town gates; narrow, cozy lanes in the old curtain wall, and its overall medieval appearance.
But in fact, it was the Church of Kronenburg that prompted my second visit to the village. Because I’ve read in a couple of places that it is a very special hidden jewel in sacral architectural respect. The Church of St. John the Baptist is a ‘Johanniterkirche’, or a church built by members of the Order of St. John who were active in the area since the 13th century. It was erected between 1492 and 1508 as a Late Gothic church and is remarkable for its construction with only one pillar that holds up the whole vault of the room.
The altar dates from about AD1500.
The fresco with Saint George slaying the dragon, along with the oldest depiction of the village of Kronenburg at the far end. It dates presumably from the early 16th century.
The beautiful keystones on the vault are pretty remarkable. They represent coats of arms and the figures of various saints.
The Virgin Mary.
Steep stairs outside the church lead to the council room where once the church council was held. The Baroque cross is from the 17th century.
The church tower was once a fortified tower, built in the fortified wall.
These are the remains of the former Kronenburg Castle.
Kronenburg was mentioned for the first time in a document from the end of the 13th century, but the castle itself was presumably built earlier.
In the outer bailey stands das Amtshaus – a building of the district offices of the count’s administrator/bailiff from the year 1766. Today it serves as a hotel.
The so-called Wilhelm-Tell-Spiele had been performed in the ruins of the castle in the early 20th century.
And there is also a Wilhelm-Tell-Gasse/Wilhelm Tell Lane in Kronenburg.
Another attraction in Kronenburg is the prominent House Pallandt from 1704 – seen through two different cameras. We’ve already met a noble family with the same name in Burg Reuland.
Kronenburg lies on the Route of Santiago de Compostela.
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