Stadtkirche - Protestant City Church
The protestant parish church on the peninsula between Enz and Nagold rivers is a modern church, built in 1962-1968 after plans by the architect Heinrich Otto Vogel. It substitutes the old Stadtkirche, a neogothic 19th century building, which was destroyed in the air raid of 1945. Stones from the rubble were reused in the new church.
The tall spire with its green pointed roof is visible from afar in the streets and along the Enz river and can help you to find your way.
Charm of "Goldstadt"
Pforzheim is a town of 119,000 inhabitants in the state of Baden-Württemberg, south-west Germany at the gate to the Black Forest. It is world famous for its jewelry and watch-making industry. Because of that it gained the nickname "Goldstadt" or Golden City. It has an area of 98 km² and is situated between the cities of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe at the confluence of three rivers (Enz, Nagold and Würm) and marks the frontier between Baden and Württemberg, being located on Baden territory.
The City of Pforzheim does not belong to any administrative district (Kreis), but at the same time it hosts the administrative offices of the Enz district surrounding the town.
After the World War II, the rubble from the destruction was heaped into a large pile on the outskirts of the town, as was done by other cities such as Stuttgart and Munich. A building called the "Wallberg" was erected as a concrete "cap" on the mountain of rubble, long since covered with earth and vegetation. In the twenty years following the end of the war Pforzheim was gradually rebuilt, giving the town a quite modern look.
A Piece of Old Pforzheim
The western part of the city was a bit luckier during the war than the rest. In the former village of Brötzingen, now part of the city, some streets stayed unharmed. Among the buildings that survived they have this ensemble around the old village church with the 19th century schoolhouse, the 18th century parsonage with its economy buildings that form a little farmyard, and two pretty half-timbered houses. The big Art Nouveau parish church and parsonage house that substituted the old one have also survived.
The latter two are still used fot their original purpose, i.e. by the church. The old church, school and parsonage have been turned into a historical museum.
The old church is also part of the museum. They have an exhibition about the history of the city in there.
This is the big art nouveau church. Unfortunately we could not get in there.
The old parson's house has been turned into a cafe. Hmmmm, would you mind if I stay here and enjoy a drink and some food while you visit the museum...?