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    Brettener Hundle: The Doggie of Bretten

    by Kathrin_E Written Jul 2, 2013

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    Favorite thing: The little dog is the hero of an old legend which has no historical background but is very popular in town. Once upon a time, it tells, Bretten was besieged by a large army. The situation was desperate, food was scarce and military powers were not sufficient to drive the enemies away. Only a clever trick could save the town.

    One of the city councellors had an idea: Let’s collect all available food, take a little dog and feed him, and when he is round and fat send him outside the town gate to the enemies. They will then believe that we have food in abundance and breaking us by starvation would take a very long time.
    The trick worked, the enemies ended the siege and left. Disappointed and angry as they were, though, they cut off the poor doggie’s tail before they sent him back. The grateful citizens erected a monument with a statue of the little dog who rescued their town from falling.

    The monument is located in Melanchthonstraße, not far from the Western town gate. The gable of Stiftskirche also bears a statue of the little dog. New copies of the dog statue can be spotted in some private gardens.

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    Town Crest: Are we in Bavaria?

    by Kathrin_E Written Jul 2, 2013

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    Favorite thing: The town crest of Bretten will look oddly familiar to anyone who has ever visited Munich or other places in Bavaria. However, Bretten is not in Bavaria and has never been ruled by Bavaria. The lozenge pattern in blue and white originates from the crest of the Wittelsbach dynasty. One branch of this dynasty ruled Bavaria, the other governed Palatine. Due to their close relationship both used the same family crest with the lozenges and the golden lion on black ground, as in the flag in photo 3. The town of Bretten has adopted the crest of the territory as their town crest.

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    VTers in Bretten

    by Nemorino Updated May 29, 2011

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    1. Holger, Natalie, Koos and Margaret
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    Favorite thing: VirtualTourist members from England, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA went to Bretten together on an excursion from Karlsruhe as part of the 6th Annual International VT Glühwein Meeting in December 2009.

    Thanks to Bernd_L for organizing and leading the tour, as he has done on several previous occasions.





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    1. Holger (HORSCHECK), Natalie (nhcram), Koos (kovani) and Margaret (margaretvn)
    2. Martha (nomad7890), Mariel (marielexoteria), Natalie and Bernd (Bernd_L)
    3. Natalie and Mariel with a VT flag
    4. At an outdoor refreshment stand

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