Creglingen (Germany): what to see

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What to see in Creglingen, an itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, from the Christ the Lord Church, where the most beautiful sculpture by the artist Tilman Riemenschneider is located, to the Thimble Museum, the only one of its kind in the world.


Tourist information

The municipality of Creglingen, one of the main stops along the romantic road in Germany, offers multiple itineraries to be covered on foot or by bicycle, moving easily between the various hamlets that make it up.

It is also connected to the cycle path which, starting from Wurzburg, reaches up to Rothemburg and Wertheim.


The location, located in the land of Baden-Württemberg, has become famous thanks to the best sculpture created by Tilman Riemenschneider, viewable inside the Church of Christ the Lord in the Herrgottstal valley.

This church was built by the lords of Hohenlohe Brauneck in 1386, following a legend according to which a farmer had found a host at that point while he was plowing his fields.

In 1500 the Church of Christ the Lord was decorated with important works of art, including the altar of Santa Maria, which after twenty years was closed and covered with funeral crowns, being the building of worship that became an evangelical profession.


Subsequently the Church was closed for three centuries, it was reopened in 1832.

What see

The altar of Mary rises 11 meters, with the red pine wooden reliquary, the lime wood figures capture the visitor's attention for the fluid lines that distinguish the clothes and hair, as well as for the delicacy in the reproduction of the hands and moving faces of the characters.

Further noteworthy masterpieces in the church are the striking crucifix, the choir altar and beautiful paintings by Michael Wolgemut.


A road for pilgrims led from the Church of Christ the Lord to the Chapel of San Ulrico located 3 km away in the village of Standorf.

Its donor, Corrado di Hohenlohe, had it built in the late 13th century in a late romantic style giving it the shape of a regular octagon.

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Unique in the world is the Museum of the Thimble, where thimbles from all over the planet are exhibited, from the Roman Empire to the modern era.

Halfway between Creglingen and Rothenburg, which is 17 km away, some scholars have brought to light a Celtic city, dating back to the time of the birth of Jesus. The partially restored walls of the main fortification consisted of layers of stone broken by poles of wood with reinforcement function.

The farmhouse located inside the complex, called Burgstall, bears the name of the fortification. To visit the museum with laboratory for the kneading of linen, where it is possible to know the ways of weaving linen, very long and complex processing.

Creglingen Herrgottskirche (June 2021)


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