On the top floor of Bruchsal's re-built baroque palace, above the German Musical Instrument Museum, there is another museum called the Bruchsal City Museum, which documents the history of the Bruchsal area from the Stone Age to the present time.
On the stairs going up to the third floor, visitors are greeted by a life-size cutout of Michi, a Stone Age child who offers to guide us through the museum and show us what life was like in this region some six thousand years ago.
In the "Experimental Archeology" section, Michi explains how people in the Stone Age used to make their food and clothing, and shows what kind of tools they used.
49° 7'43.38" North; 8°35'53.26" East
Schloss Bruchsal, Schönbornstraße 2 -10, 76646 Bruchsal
Being an independent territory, the Prince-Bishopric of Speyer had its own army. This impressive military force consisted of 350 soldiers. To accommodated them, Prince Bishop Franz Christoph von Hutten had new army barracks built East of the town in the street that was later named after him. Only the two buildings next to the street, which served as officers' quarter and administration, have survived the war.
One street survived the bombing of March 1, 1945 when 80% of the town were destroyed. In Huttenstraße, you can still see what the street of this baroque residence town once looked like. The 18th century houses on both sides are still there.
In case you want a healthy takeaway snack, there is a very good wholemeal bakery in the Eastern part of the street.
If you overlook the modern cars, the general appearance of this street reminds me of what small towns looked like 50 or 100 years ago.
Note the tiny house with the shoemaker's shop. It was closed when I passed, but the sign on the door states opening hours, meaning that it is still in operation. I imagined a very old man working with his old tools in a little dusty workshop...