Hannah and I arrived in Germany on Aril 1, which we only now realized means our much anticipated Ossuary trip officially began on April Fools. It is definitely off to a (good) quirky start. We found our first charnal house
in the small charming town of Oppenheim. This dense arrangement of skulls (you might be able to discern the gilded one at the middle/ right) and femurs are the remains of 20,000 Oppenheimer citizens who departed this earth from 1400 to 1750. This visit to the ossuary and the magnificent adjoining St Katherine’s Church
along with the beautiful half timbered houses that line the streets
Would have been reason enough to love Oppenheim, but wait, there was more quirkiness in store!Turns out the world’s largest (could this be true?) collection of mousetraps can be seen at the local wine museum.
We never could figure out the connection between mousetraps and wine, but really what did it matter?!
And I haven’t even mentioned the impressive collection of corkscrews…