When night falls in Rhens some visitors might rub their eyes in disbelief on seeing
a night watchman striding through the streets with his lantern. Equally, they may not trust their ears when they hear the rattling of chain mail belonging to the “valiant town soldier”.
Johann Hüter and Martin Eyssenhardt are the names of these two characters
who will be delighted to treat visitors to a very special guided tour of historic
Rhens. History was made here during the Middle Ages. Today Rhens is one of the Rhine’s traditional small towns with a pleasant riverside promenade and a wealth of fine half-timbered buildings with impressive paintwork and carvings. The old
Rathaus, or town hall, is a rare jewel. Visitors will be enchanted by its carvings
of vines, borders, heads and inscriptions, each with its own story to tell. The massive Scharfenturm tower, on the other hand, is a reminder of the days of horror and infamy: during the witch-hunting era, people were imprisoned, tortured and executed here.