Ellerbach brook/Little Venice

In the Middle Ages, people even built on the town wall since there was a lack of space in the town itself. The row of houses at the confluence of the Ellerbach brook and the Nahe river stand directly on the bank reinforcements, showing their picturesque rear fronts. To ensure a harmonious overall picture, when new properties were built they reflected these historical structures. The Ellerbach flows through the historical quarter and for many centuries served as a wastewater drain for tanners, butchers and private households. Buildings were erected as close to the drain as possible and even crossed the brook in some places. Kreuznach's fishermen were still plying their trade in the 70s and used to moor their boats on the Ellerbach. The townspeople affectionately refer to this quaint area as "Little Venice".

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