Kronach’s cellar: this is what the vaults under the upper town look like

The left wing of the wooden tower is only a few centimeters open. He must also. The cars should finally continue to drive unhindered over the cobblestones of the "strau can bump up to the upper town. But the narrow gap is enough for the sun to bathe the edges of the stone steps in a soft light.

Behind the next bend, even the bravest sunbeams have no chance anymore. Darkness has won – if it weren't for stefan wicklein's flashlight. "Careful with your head", warns the head of the kronach office as he points the cone of light at a passageway paved with orange-red bricks.

For decades, wicklein has spent his free time studying the lower side of kronach's upper town. A site that is a lot rougher than the part that is always visible to tourists. There are about 100 cellars under the mountain spur between the hablach and kronach rivers, he explains. There are more cellars than there are houses in the upper town. For some horticulturists even have three. "This is probably due to the fact that at these places once stood three houses", female wicklein. You can find in the clouds largely what the light cone of his flashlight also illuminates behind the brick passage: two parallel rows of sandstone. "You could roll the wooden barrels on them", says the 44-year-old. "And due to the higher position they were protected from humidity."

Most of the time the cellars served as a kind of refrigerator. No matter what the season, the sandstone rocks guarantee a constant temperature of about eight degrees celsius. In the meantime, the cellars are mostly empty, but some guesthouses like the "s'antla" are still open but in the meantime store their beer kegs there again.

Traces of history

It is still unclear when the sandstone cellars were built, says wicklein. "Because the basic building structures in the upper city are also reflected in the cellars, it is assumed that they were built in the period between the 13. And the 15. The game was created in the nineteenth century", he explains.

There is "underground" to discover therefore numerous traces of history – such as underground wells or inscriptions of former owners. And by the way, what it sounds like when cars bump along the cobblestones of kronach.

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