Panoramic view of Wertheim am Main, Germany
Panoramic view of Wertheim am Main, Germany

Best known for its landmark castle and medieval town centre, Wertheim is located at the confluence of the Main and Tauber rivers in Germany. Attractive half-timbered houses and small streets combined with modern shopping areas, kept in the form of traditional Franconian architecture, make for exciting exploration at almost every turn.

The quirky Gothic Stiftskirche, dating back to 1383, has two clocks on the clock tower – one with an hour hand only, for the residents of the castle. The town was fortunate not to be bombed during the Second World War, so has plenty of old world Bavarian charm, including the appealing historic Marktplatz, which offers quaint restaurants and traditional local shops to discover.

Learn how the town remembers the local Jewish people who were lost in the Holocaust, by the placement of a small brass plaque outside the houses where they lived, which are a typical sight in Germany’s historic towns.

Just outside Wertheim along the A3 autobahn is the incredible Toppels café, where everything – including the café – is upside down. Designed to challenge visitors to experience the world from a different perspective, fruit bowls can be found hanging down from the ceiling, and coffee or beer are served in inverted mugs or glasses.