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Kathy's House (Käthchenhaus)

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Kathy's House (Käthchenhaus)


 A Gothic stone house from 14th century.


This 14th century Gothic stone building used to stand out from the timber-framed
buildings that surrounded it. The name goes back to the historic knight play “Käthchen von Heilbronn” (“Kathy of Heilbronn”) by Heinrich von Kleist.

In 1843, printed guidebooks referred to the medieval-style building as Käthchenhaus (Kathy's House) for the very first time.
However, a direct link to the play has not been established so far. It is said that Hans Schweiner, master builder of St. Kilian's tower, designed the striking Renaissance oriel showing half-length portraits of four prophets at the suggestion of Heilbronn reformer Johannes Lachmann who lived in this very house.

Today, there is a restaurant in the basement and office and living spaces in the first floor.

Address
Marktplatz, 74072 Heilbronn