I’ve lived in Germany and Europe for a long time, but I never stop learning new things.
While driving aimlessly around the German countryside near Bamberg I was attracted to cathedral I spotted from a distance, nestled in a sleepy farming village of very few inhabitants but very many tractors:
It turns out this is no ordinary cathedral, but rather a magnificient example of something I had never heard about before, a Kirchenburg – roughly translated as “church fortress.”
You can certainly see it has a church:
But as you walk around, you see it is indeed a church squarely within a fortress:
And not only that, but it turns out this is the third largest such Kirchenberg in Germany!