Side wall with wall walk
Where the wall adjoins the Munot
The western side wall, built around 1360, originally included a defensive corridor, a narrow platform that ran along the top of the wall. This was used for surveillance and defense. Where the wall adjoins the Munot, the doorway that once led to the wall walk is still visible.
Unfortunately, the wooden walkway was completely destroyed in a fire in 1871. Charred beam heads and black burn marks on the wall still bear witness to this event today.
According to old accounts, the first walkway stood on long stilts. Later, beams let horizontally into the wall and supported by sloping struts carried the parapet platform. Later, beams set horizontally into the wall and supported by sloping struts supported the parapet platform (built in the late 17th or early 18th century).
View of the later wall walk, drawing by Johann Jakob Beck (before 1850).
a | Earlier wall walk on stilts
Reconstruction proposals for the battlement: Earlier wall walk on stilts (a), later wall walk with horizontal cantilever beams (b).
b | later wall walk