The "Lower Gate", also known as "Stadtturm"

The "Lower Gate", also known as "Stadtturm"

The distinctive gate tower on the western side of the market place is the distinctive landmark of Günzburg. The lower half of the tower may well be the oldest structural fabric of the upper town that can still be seen. Originally all floor plans were square and the tower had a pitched roof. When the castle was constructed Alberto Lucchese decided to redesign the tower as he thought that it would then fit in better with the new view of the town from the west.
The tower was both the residence and place of work for an important civic employee: the warden of the tower, whose duty it was to look out for outbreaks of fire and to warn residents.
Today you can eat Bavarian white sausage or drink coffee where the warden had his parlour. An association, notably Altstadtfreunde Günzburg have restored the interior of the tower and designed it so that it is unique.
In Günzburg they tell a nice story about the green roof tiles. In days of yore, wealthy towns could afford to cover the roofs of towers and public buildings with copper sheeting, which acquired a greenish patina over the course of time. These green roofs gave an indication of how wealthy a town was even from far beyond the town walls. Since the citizens of Günzburg were unable to afford to cover their roofs with copper sheeting, they wanted to create the impression of being a wealthy town, even if only from afar, so they glazed the roof tiles.

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