While looking at the Frankenturm - a formidable 11th century tower house in the Dietrichstraße - we read in our guide there were remains of a Romanesque tower house from the 13th century in the Simeonstraße. So we went to have a look and were in for a big surprise.
The House of the Three Magi (‘Dreikönigenhaus’ in German) has nothing of a fortress. With its white facade and elaborate painted patterns above the arched window, it looks more like some kind of Moorish palace. The present entrance at street-level is not medieval. People entered through the opening above the right door, using stairs or a ladder that could be removed in case of danger.
Our guide also specified the tower had been transformed into a gothic habitation and had undergone extensive remodeling in the 19th century. So we weren’t quite sure what we were looking at, but the result is colourful and quaint. The Dreikönigenhaus now houses a chain coffee shop.
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