"It's from an old lady who lives in Vienna during the winter", told the man from an enormous house opposite from the Tower. "She added an extra floor to her house as you can see". At the other side of the tower there's an elevator that goes up to the entrance of her house at the 1st floor. The Pankratius Tor, or Südtor, dates back to the midst of the 13th century and on the right next of it you'll find the remnants of the Pankratius Church, which was burned down at the great city fire of 1792 AD.

Pankratius Tor, Gmünd, 1928. Photo: Kurt Hielscher.

Pankratius Tor, Gmünd, 6th of August 2023. Photo: Casper Molenaar.

I complimented the man with his house and we had a nice chat about Gmünd and what was there to see and to do. The evening before, we already made a brief stroll and we noticed that there would be some kind of a market the day after. So we took our time, and indeed, Gmünd really was a very pleasant place for us the next morning.

The Pankratius Tor with the church on the right and art from "Das Haus des Staunens" in the garden.

The back of the Tower with the elevator up for the old lady.

The impressive house of the opposite neigbor with whom I chatted for a while.

"Das Haus des Staunens" with art all over the place. It is not a museum but guided tours are there to inform those interested.

The characteristic "Hauptplatz" in Gmünd with the market, live music (2x). 

Even I found some interesting products.

Schloss Lodron/Neues Schloss, built in between 1651-1654.

Altes Schloss, built in 1506, destroyed by a fire in 1886.

View from Burg Gmünd on Gmünd.

Inside and around the castle.

Below: view on Gmünd from its Castle. Photo: Casper Molenaar.

In the footsteps of  Kurt Hielscher