Merkendorf city fortifications

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City fortifications
Water-filled trench on the city wall in Merkendorf

Water-filled trench on the city wall in Merkendorf

place Merkendorf
Construction year Late 15th century
Coordinates 49 ° 12 '8.2 "  N , 10 ° 42' 8.3"  E Coordinates: 49 ° 12 '8.2 "  N , 10 ° 42' 8.3"  E
City fortifications (Bavaria)
City fortifications
Received completely

The fortifications of the city of Merkendorf in the Franconian Lake District ( Middle Franconia ) surround the almost square old town . The city wall from the late Middle Ages is 1,100 m long and has eight towers. The still completely preserved city wall is interrupted by the upper gate , lower gate and pocket gate .


The monastery Heilsbronn received by King Wenceslas in 1398 to fix Merkendorf with a moat and hold a fair permission.

In 1424 King Sigismund confirmed the right to the monastery to enclose Merkendorf with a city wall. The fortification was built from broken stone and ashlar until the middle of the 15th century. It has been extensively renovated several times over the centuries, most recently in 1992.

Today's appearance

In the past, the entire city wall was surrounded by a moat filled with water. Today only the southeastern part, from the lower gate to the city wall tower, Gerberstrasse 3a, is filled with water. The rest of the trench was filled in. There are allotment gardens on the largest part .


  • Wilhelm Koch : 600 years of the city of Merkendorf 1398–1998 , published by the city of Merkendorf in 1998

Web links

Commons : Stadtbefestigung Merkendorf  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files