Maybe I had a little too much expectations of Iphofen? I had a place like Rothenburg ob der Tauber in my mind. The center of Iphofen is lovely but way smaller. There was not even a restaurant open and we left the Wohnmobilstellplatz to find one in neigbouring Markt Einersheim and we did: the Taverna bei Stelios, a Greek Restaurant. The morning after Kim woke up sick and I drove back home as fast as I could with the campervan. Leaving the boys at home, that day, the 8th of August 2023, ended at the Emergency Aid of the Erasmus Hospital in Rotterdam. Though we enjoyed our stroll around Iphofen, we left with mixed feelings.

Photo: Kurt Hielscher, 1924.

Photo: Casper Molenaar, 7th of August 2023  

From the Wohnmobilstellplatz we entered the authentic center of Iphofen through the Einersheim Gate, first mentioned in 1422. Kurt Hielscher made three photos in Iphofen and at this gate we found the first two. 

Photo: Kurt Hielscher, 1924.

Photo: Casper Molenaar, 7th of August 2023 

The third photo from Kurt Hielscher we found at the Rödelseer Tor.

Rödelseer Tor from outside the city walls. The Rödelseer Tor is the oldest existing gate structure within the fortress. Its origins date back to the end of the 13th century.

Rödelseer Tor, 1924. Photo: Kurt Hielscher. 

Rödelseer Tor, 7th of August 2023. Photo: Casper Molenaar. 

Rödelseer Tor as seen from inside the city walls. 

Before entering the city center, we first walked around the nearby lake: the Bürgerweiher with the Bocksbeutel PS Art Projekt next to it.

Below: View on Iphofen from outside the city walls.

In the footsteps of  Kurt Hielscher