Visited Hechingen-Stein 72379 / Germany [again] to take another look at the reconstruction of a Roman Villa Rustica. It’s a large Roman countryside estate from the 1st to 3rd century AD that was discovered in 1972. The excavation site was turned into a museum with reconstructions on the original foundations.

It’s a very huge areal including smithies, a mill and even a dedicated temple area that can probably finally be visited starting next year. Plenty of the local findings can be seen in the museum. Visitors can move freely on the areal and discover plenty of interesting stuff.

The place is also a lof of fun for the children. They offer plenty of games, costumes, a playground and ice cream of course.

http://www.villa-rustica.de

ISBN 978-3920801-93-3

Visited Dornstetten 72280 / Germany, that is part of the “German Timber-Frame Road”, for a lecture about Konrad Albert Koch held at the museum of local history (and that’s worth another visit).

Koch was an artist who lived from 1869 to 1945. He spent most of his life travelling to dozends of churches in the area to restore or paint various frescous and paintings. Not much of his work is wildly known but since a common scene on all of his pictures was discovered more and more work of him shows up nowdays.

We learnt all this from the speaker Peter Wagner, who invited to the lecture. A lot of the work of Koch can be found in his book “Der Burgenforscher Konrad Albert Koch” (The castle researcher / ISBN 978-3920801-93-3).

The more important part for us however is that Koch also started to paint castles and keeps – or what was left of them. Over time he got such a good understanding of medieaval structures that he started to draw castles how they might have looked like based on excavated ruins. People began to show up and helped to dig whenever Koch was in the area and his drawings became very popular. And they still are, in fact. Many of his pictures are still used to show how castles looked like on various historic sites.

And here is an interesting fact: Many of the castles and keeps were virtually recreated again using modern high-tech and latest archaeological insights. And many look very close to how Koch imagined them back then. And that’s from a time when the railroad was still on the raise and the choice of travelling was to trek or walk.

The pictures are from the beautiful market place of Dornstetten where we spent some time waiting for the beginning of the lecture.

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konrad_Albert_Koch

Visited Schiltach 77761 / Germany that is dating back to 1275 to look at some amazing half-timber buildings. The city is also known for it’s tannerys’ quarter and rafting of timber. The Schüttesäge museum showing the rafting history and a framesaw was sadly closed for unknown reasons. Maybe next time.

Later on we also visited castle Schenkenzell – or what’s left of it – after a short walk.

https://www.schiltach.de/en/Home

http://schenkenburg.de

Had a relaxing 1st May with the family. Coffee, cake, beers and talks about a diy geigercounter. Sometimes I wonder how non nerd families manage.