The imperial city of Eberbach, established in 1227, is 11km (7 miles) farther along the Neckar, at a point where the river twists to make a wide bend to the south. Its castle, which dates all the way from 1190, was mostly destroyed in the 15th century, but its ivy-covered ruins attract many visitors today. The old Pfarrhof, the medieval center of the town, is within the city walls.
Eberbach was once heavily fortified, and the remains of three castles (all of them in ruins) once stood here. Today you can walk along its ancient streets and take in views of the facades of its historic houses.
Begin your tour at the Alter Markt, or old market square. The most colorful facade here is the frescoed Hotel Karpfen, Alter Market 1. Many visitors can be seen photographing what the Germans called its sgraffito (frescoed) facade.
You can visit the tourist office in the historic Haus Thalheim, Kellereistrasse 36 (tel. 06271/4899). This is the house, or so it is believed, where Great...more local info
This is the best and most colorful hotel in town. On its facade are authentic sgraffiti (scratched-on paintings) that depict the story of Eberbach....