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The ramparts have their origin as part of Einbeck's medieval town fortifications.

The ramparts are a popular, approx. 2 kilometres long circular route around the historic old town of Einbeck. The route consists of the rampart sections Bäckerwall (bakers’ rampart), Krähengraben (crows’ trench), Mühlenwall (mill rampart), Bürgermeisterwall (mayor's rampart) und Langer Wall (long rampart). Part of the kilometres-long town wall that once counted two dozens of towers and five town gates is still in place along the ramparts. The towers were built in regular distances of 60 to 70 metres at bends in the town wall. 

The town wall with ramparts was built as fortification system and was first mentioned in a document in 1624. The wall was built out of mortar and quarry stones and was leaned against a previously built earth wall. The town wall was heavily damaged as a consequence from different historic events e.g. the Thirty Years' War and occupation by the French troops in the Seven Years' War. 

The ramparts along the town wall are a beautiful destination for tourists and visitors as well as residents of Einbeck and offer various resting opportunities with numerous seating facilities. Especially for those who would like to have a nice walk and enjoy some nature, far away from the timber-framed houses on Einbeck's Market Square, the ramparts are perfectly suitable. 

Even today the town wall with trenches and ramparts is completely preserved between the former gates Tiedexer Tor and Hullerser Tor. The part between Tiedexer Tor and Hullerser Tor is called Bäckerwall (bakers’ rampart) where you may find a mini-golf course for families and a playground for younger ones. 

After crossing the zebra crossing at the end of Bäckerwall you arrive at the section Krähengraben (crows' trench). Along Krähengraben you will find the Storchenturm (half-round tower in the town wall) and the bastion at the rampart (mighty strongholds) on the left-hand side. At the end of Krähengraben, on the right-hand side, you will see a medieval water conduit. This is the place where the Mühlenkanal (mill channel) is channelled across the river Krumme Wasser next to the tower Diekturm
The tower Diekturm was a mighty bastion safeguarding the water supply in medieval times.  

After passing the street Benser Straße you get from Krähengraben to Mühlenwall (mill rampart). After a few metres you will find the memorial for Jewish fellow citizens on the right-hand side. At this place stood the New Synagogue that was burned down in pogrom night.

If you turn left into the street Sonnenhaken, after a couple of metres you will see the right side of the tower Pulverturm (powder tower). The Pulverturm was part of the town fortifications. Straight-ahead at the end of the street the Bürgermeisterwall (mayor's rampart) is located. At the end of Bürgermeisterwall follows the Lange Wall (long rampart). On the left side of Lange Wall, hidden behind the rail tracks and the former mansion of August Stukenbrok as well as the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, you will find the access to the Stiftsgarten (Collegiate's gardens). If you cross the Stiftsgarten you reach the St. Alexandri Minster (St. Alexandri's Collegiate Church). In the north of St. Alexandri the Knochenturm (bones' tower; former powder tower that was later on used as an ossuary) is located - nowadays only a couple of metres tall ruin is left to see - as well as the Totenturm (tower of the dead).    The name of the Totenturm originates in its location close to the former cemetery. 

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