As one of the oldest lime trees in Germany the Wolframslinde is in Ried near Bad Kötzting in the Bavarian Forest. She is said to be over 1000 years old. More likely is an age of up to 800 years.
The summer bark (Tilia platyphyllos) has a trunk circumference of 12.21 meters and a height of 13 meters. The main crown of the tree was heavily damaged by storms in 1950. The lime tree was treated and supported in 1967 by the "tree surgeon" Michael Maurer, whereby the bizarre and gnarled linden should be preserved for the future. In doing so, measures were carried out that no longer correspond to the state of knowledge today. Thus, the rotten trunk wood was shredded down to the healthy wood, which - as we know today - the infection is supported by tree fungi. Although the lime tree has been hollow for centuries and practically stands on its bark only, it greens and blooms again every year.
The tree was only given its name in modern times by Wolfram von Eschenbach, the medieval epic poet, who in his Parzival in about 1200 calls the nearby castle on the Haidstein the whereabouts of a mysterious margravine (Adela von Vohburg?).
The “Free State of Bavaria” is renowned for being culturally unique and for the emphasis which it places on preserving its heritage and traditions. It is also extraordinarily beautiful, boasting a plethora of castles, palaces, cathedrals, abbeys and monasteries not to mention spectacular scenery. Bavaria is more than Alps, men in “lederhosen” (leather pants), women in “dirndl” (traditional dresses) and frothy glasses of beer by the “maβ” (liter).