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Spital Bastion

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Address: Rothenburg, Bavaria, Germany
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This old structure was a 16th-century addition to Rothenburg's extensive...

This old structure was a 16th-century addition to Rothenburg's extensive fortification system.

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A Must See

When you imagine what defending a walled city might involve, this is the place to experience the gun and cannon ports, the narow walls and wide spaces to move cannons and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 December 2016
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Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

When you imagine what defending a walled city might involve, this is the place to experience the gun and cannon ports, the narow walls and wide spaces to move cannons and supplies. But make sure you bring a tripod for your camera, since the interiors are dark and come early before the crowds arrive.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 487 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

This gateway is more fortress than gate. It appears to be almost a triple gate as it has at least two courtyards in it. The architecture is fabulous and gives you a real taste for how medieval cites were built and protected. Many people do not go beyond the Siebers Tower so miss out on attractions like this.

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Thank jehenson81
Unicoi, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The history in this area is amazing. Wonderful Architecture is all around you in this town. History speaks to you from the walls! Shhh listen.

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Thank LucyandROger2014
Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

After you find the plonlein, just keep moving ahead and you will find this big portal named Spitalbastei. Interesting hard architecture.

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1 Thank Guilherme F
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

If you are walking the walls, do so around the bastion and give it a look. Nothing earth-shattering but it is a nice piece of architecture. Not as old as some of the city but quite nice.

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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

Pros: Sightseeing is free Cons: None that I can think of This structure is one of the best parts of the original city wall. If you have limited time to explore the walls, explore the bastion site. You can really get a feeling for how this provided both access and protection for the city as part of the overall wall... More 

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Thank William H
Ipoh, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

The beefy structure reminded me of a squat tower surrounding a compound in itself. From the outside it was a rather impressive structure but going inside it was anything but. It was dark and uninviting, abandoned of course but if not for fellow visitors touring within, it would be a nice setting for a horror movie. The openings on the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

Really interesting to walk around in this part of the wall. It is obviously where the defending of the town took ace. It is really the only part of the wall that does not have a precipice next to it, so there is a series of defences with a number of walled areas where cannons, archers etc could engage the... More 

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Unter-Ostern, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2014

Great to explore with kids and to walk through and feel the feeling of the old city... you can almost hear the shouts of purveyors and peasants, and hear the creak of wagon wheels... (fortunately we were saved the smell of what the city must have been...!)

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Denver
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

This is a large figure 8 shaped building at the south end of town, built into the walls. It's quite the building to see from the outside and in addition, you can go inside. It takes a little bit of looking, but both off the main road and out of the ground level below the main road (near the base... More 

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