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This is where you will find the famous Herman Hesse Museum.
You can also view a lot of medieval half-timbered houses,
- drop in at a number of small shops;
- have a coffee at a cafe;
- take a stroll to the river embankment.
We stayed round the corner from all these places and went for a walk practically every day.
Updated Nov 3, 2011
Address: Market Square
The Hermann Hesse Museum is inside the Schuetz house, a building a short walk from his birthplace. The building itself was built in 1813 on the site of a 16th century Latin School (The former grammar school), and the later Obervogtei (Administrators Office). Since 1982 it has been the home of the Calw Art Gallery, and since 1990 it has also hosted the Hermann Hesse Museum.
The museum shows the history of the life, work and influence of Hesse in ten well filled rooms. The museum has exhibits detailing his life in Calw, then Maulbronn, Tuebingen, Basle, Gaienhofen and Montagnola in Ticino. Additionally the museum has information and history on many of his most famous works, as well as diary excerpts and works of art.
The museum owns copied of some first editions of Hesse's work, as well as manuscripts, drawings and water colours produced by Hesse.
The museum is open all year round, Tuesdays to Sundays, 11:00 unto 17:00, and until 19:00 on Thursday. Admission is 5Euros.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Marktplatz 30, 75365 Calw
Phone: +49 (0)7051/75 22
The museum is located in Market Square. You won't miss it.
You only have to know its working hours.
It was interesting for me to know more about this outstanding personality of Germany.
Updated Aug 7, 2010
Address: Marktplatz 30, 75365 Calw
Phone: +49 07051 75 22
The Tall One - this is how the name of this tower would sound in English.
My window in the teachers’ dormitory faced this tower and I could hear chimes of the church every day. They began at about 5 a.m., like in medieval times. I could get used to them quickly though.
This old tower's address is Im Zwinger 20.
It was described in 1518 as a watchtower, thieves' tower, Malefiztower (derived from the Latin 'maleficere' = to do something bad), or ”criminals' tower”.
The bottom part, a stone construction, housed three prisons, situated over each other. The top floor, a half-timbered construction, was the home of one of the two guards.
The “thieves”, or criminals, were punished for their wrong doing and had to endure the loud chimes of the neighboring church every day.
Stadtinformation (Calw Tourist Office)
Updated Feb 16, 2012
Phone: +49 07051 96 88 10
We visited the rural life museum in one of the city districts and learnt about the life that farmers led two hundred years ago.
Updated Dec 20, 2008
We managed to have a guided tour of the Black Forest one day.
We visited several Black Forest towns on our way and ahd very good impressions in spite of the weather.
Around the County
Written Mar 22, 2008
Favorite thing: The coat-of-arms was granted on July 11, 1961 and after the district reform again on December 10, 1973.
The arms are based on the arms of the city of Calw, with the addition of a fountain in the lower part. The three mountain tops represent the three former Württemberg districts of Calw, Nagold and Neuenburg which were combined to the district Calw in 1938.
The fountain represents the many spas and springs in the district.
Until 1934 the (smaller) district of Calw used a seal with a natural lion on a mountain top.
From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms”
Fondest memory: walking downtown,
climbing up the hill to the Teachers Academy every week day,
a tour of the district.
Updated May 26, 2011