Birthplace of the Witch
Offenburg is known to most travelers as a stop on the ICE train route between Frankfurt and Basel. Some even change trains here to enter the Black Forest. Hardly anyone ventures into town. Offenburg is, I admit, not the most spectacular attraction in the Upper Rhine Valley. Its vicinity to the French border has caused some destructions in history. The town, once a free imeprial city, burnt to ashes in 1689 and World War II did not spare it either. Nevertheless there are some pretty angles in the old town and some remarkable buildings worth a closer look.
In the Alemannic fastnacht, Offenburg has gaines fame as the birthplace of the first ansd oldest witch guild. Nowadays witches are a common costume and there is hardly a parade without several witch groups, but in fact this figure is rather young. Only in the 1930s some people in Offenburg invented a witch costume, which then became the Häs of the newly founded Hexenzunft.