The Simmern town fortification contains a tower that previously also served as a prison, the most famous occupant was the outlaw Johannes Bückler, who found notoriety by the name of Schinderhannes. Since then, the tower has been known as Schinderhannes Tower. On an August night in 1799, Schinderhannes managed a spectacular escape from the tower, which was thought to be an impossible feat.
Today the former prison cell is entirely devoted to the exciting tale of the famous brigand. Visitors can follow in his footsteps on guided tours of the town, or through the dense Soonwald Forest. In the process, they can also acquaint themselves with the surrounding villages and their half-timbered houses, the frescoes of the Nunkirche (Nun church) near Sargenroth, and the Hunsrückdom (Hunsrück Cathedral) in Ravengiersburg. The new palace in Simmern is also home to the Hunsrück Museum.
Neues Schloß/ Schloßplatz