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Schloss Strasse 1, Pforzheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, 75223, Germany
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Travel Tips for Pforzheim

Jewellery Museum

by hunterV

Why not visit the Jewellery Museum in Reuchlin House (Leopoldplatz).
The museum includes items of jewellery from the past and samples of the products of the local gold industry.
Tel.07231/39 21 26; Fax 07231/39 14 41

Pforzheim: Searching for Gold in a Post-War Desert

by Kathrin_E

Pforzheim is a famous centre of goldsmith craft and jewellery making. Apart from that, the place rather qualifies as one of the ugliest cities in Baden-Württemberg. The traumatic date in its history was February 23, 1945 when almost the entire city was bombed to ashes and rubble. The new Pforzheim is post-war and not much to write home about.

Or is it?

Instead of visiting the jewellery exhibitions, I went treasure hunting for traces of Pforzheim's history.

I searched and walked a lot, but not in vain. Among the historical buildings I found, here are the two I liked best:

# The catholic church by the river, an interesting 1920s architecture. Rebuilt after the war, but by the same architect who had originally planned it.

# The Stadtmuseum ensemble in the west of the city. This area used to be the centre of the village of Brötzingen, which has long become part of the city. This is probably the only larger ensemble that survived the war more or less unharmed. The old village church, school and parsonage have been tunred into the historical museum of the city. This is my no. 1 tip to see in Pforzheim.

City of Gold

by hunterV

"A Short Stay"

During my stay in Germany as a German teacher at a country study seminar my colleagues and I made a day's trip to Pforzheim to get know this city a little.
The city is known as the gateway to the Black Forest.
It stands on the confluence of three rivers: the Enz, the Nagold and the Kleiner Wurm.

""Gateway to the Black Forest""

It was the Romans who first appreciated the favorable location of the city, settled there and gave the settlement the name of Portus - "gateway".
The city is also the birthplace of the great humanist Johannes Reuchlin.

"Fully Restored"

Although the city was totally destroyed in the last war, it was fully restored and now looks quite modern and beautiful.
The town's long history can only be observed in the ancient castle and the monastery church of St.Michael dating back to the 13th century and a few other remnants.
It was interesting to walk downtown and to visit the city museum of gold.
I hope to make another trip to that city in the future.

Exploring the Schloss and the City Centre

by Russell_the_Wombat

The castle of Pforzheim is located next to the train station and can be reached within seconds. Or shall I say - the castle WAS located... There is hardly anything left of this castle except one building, the so-called Archivbau. Its roof and a bit of the wall is visible between my ears in the big photo.
You guessed it, it is not very big.
However, there is the Schlosskirche, the church in the palace grounds. The church is more impressive than the leftovers of the castle.

World War II reduced Pforzheim to ashes and rubble. There is hardly a city in Germany that suffered more damage in relation to its size. Few buildings were rebuilt, like that art nouveau tower in the background. Most of the present architecture is post-war and apart from a few satisfying solutions, Pforzheim is a promising candidate for the title of Baden-Württemberg's Ugliest City.

There is more history to the place than you would guess at first sight. Pforzheim used to be residence of the Margraves of Baden in a certain period. This guy here, theologian Johannes Reuchlin, played an important part in the reformation.

What's this? An apartment block? The offices of an insurance company? No, it is the new city hall.

It represents the general flair of Pforzheim very well.

I found this sculpture very interesting. It looks as if it is some kind of pushchair or trike but it does not move. The warm metal was comfy to sit on, though.

Doesn't this invite for a rest if you are small enough...?

These guys are standing at the river bank and applauding to everyone who passes by. Even to wombats! I feel flattered.


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