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    Monument to the Revolution of 1848

    by Nemorino Updated May 29, 2011

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    This monument to the abortive revolution of 1848 was created by Willi Gilli, a sculptor who was born in Slovenia but has been a resident of Bretten for many years.

    The monument is on the Friedrichstraße in a block of nondescript modern buildings, on a spot where local revolutionaries once set up a "freedom tree".

    1848 was a year of revolutions in several European countries, beginning with France and then spreading to Germany, Austria, Italy and Denmark, among other places.

    Though the revolutionaries had lots of popular support and held large assemblies and mass demonstrations, the uprisings were ultimately put down by military force.

    GPS 49° 2'7.57" North; 8°42'28.09" East

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    2. Trampling on the king's crown
    3. A half-timbered house on the same street

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    Hebelschule

    by yumyum Updated Jan 5, 2010

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    Hebel school
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    This school is named after Johann-Peter Hebel. The old tract is from 1852 and the newer one from 1910.

    In 1864 a monument of Philipp Melanchthon was inaugurated. It’s a copy of the same statue in Lutherstadt Wittenberg which is a twin city to Bretten.

    You can find the school on Sporgasse/Weisshofer Strasse.

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    Amtshaus

    by yumyum Updated Jan 5, 2010

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    Amtshaus

    This building looks almost like a palace. The original building dates back to 1783/84 and was extended in 1888. Today it houses the court and the notary’s office whereas in the past it was home to the administration of Baden government.

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    Frauentürmchen

    by yumyum Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Frauent��rmchen

    Near the big parking lot on Sporgasse you may see the ruins of the little women’s tower. The tower was part of the city wall and defense system housing a guard and small artillery. It was named after a nearby building which belonged to the chapel “our dear lady” in Weisshofen.

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    Stadtbücherei (Library)

    by yumyum Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Library

    The impressive building that houses the library and changing exhibitions used to be the building of the protestant church inspector. It was built in 1753.

    You find the library a bit below the Stiftkirche when coming down Steingasse.

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    Gerberhaus

    by Nemorino Written Dec 20, 2009

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    Gerberhaus

    This "tanner's house" was built in 1585 and is said to be the oldest residential building in the city of Bretten. It is one of the few houses that survived the great fire of 1689.

    The house was renovated by a volunteer citizens' group from 1991 to 1994. It now contains a museum with a reconstruction of the city's medieval defense system and displays of shoemaker, tannery and saddle-maker workshops from pre-industrial times.

    Gerbergasse 10, 75015 Bretten

    GPS 49° 2'5.37" North; 8°42'29.82" East

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    Simmelturm, Bretten's leaning tower

    by Nemorino Written Dec 20, 2009

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    The Leaning Tower

    A plaque on this tower says that it was built between 1350 and 1400 as the southernmost part of the medieval fortifications of the city of Bretten.

    The name "Simmelturm" means "round tower", from "sinwel", an old German word meaning round.

    GPS 49° 2'4.84" North; 8°42'33.73" East

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    Little Dog's Fountain

    by Nemorino Updated Dec 20, 2009

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    Little Dog's Fountain

    Heartwarming local legends involving little dogs usually turn out to be a load of bull, and this one is no exception.

    The story is that Bretten was under siege for some reason, and food supplies in the city were running low. To fool the besieging army, the people of Bretten used their remaining food supplies to fatten up a little dog and turn it loose to give the impression that they still had enough food to hold out indefinitely. Clever, huh?

    The besieging forces, duly fooled, decided they had no chance of starving the city out, so they ended the siege and withdrew, but first they chopped off the little dog's tail and sent him back into the city.

    Local historians agree that this never happened. There were several sieges in Bretten's early history, but they all ended for other reasons that had nothing to do with dogs.

    GPS 49° 2'14.55" North; 8°42'15.67" East

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    Market Fountain

    by Nemorino Written Dec 20, 2009

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    Market Fountain

    The statue at the top of these stairs is supposed to represent Friedrich II of the Pfalz aka Palatinate, also known as Friedrich the Wise, who lived from 1482 to 1556 and was the ruler of this part of Germany for the last twelve years of his life.

    Local historians point out, however, that the statue does not really look very similar to the known portrait paintings and drawings of Friedrich II, so they consider it to be simply a stylized statue of a knight such as can be found in numerous towns in this part of Germany.

    This statue on the Market Fountain is actually a replica, since the original statue from the year 1555 was restored and moved indoors in 1990, to protect it from the elements.

    GPS 49° 2'12.88" North; 8°42'25.20" East

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    Beyle Hof

    by yumyum Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Beyle Hof

    During the Christmas market you will find some stalls of the medival kind in the courtyard of Beyle Hof. The view you see on the photo is from Sporgasse.

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    St. Laurentius Church

    by yumyum Written Jan 3, 2010

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    St. Laurentius church
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    This catholic church dates back to 1936/37. In the church you find a few bits and pieces of the former catholic church from the 17th and 18th century. The church is overlooking the town center.

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    Revolutionsdenkmal

    by yumyum Written Jan 3, 2010

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    Revolutionary monument

    This revolutionary monument is by Willi Gilli and was made in 1999. The monument also reminds us of the tragedy of the 1848/49 revolution which failed. It can be found on Friedrichstrasse.

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