The fast running River Alb runs through the centre of Ettlingen. If your walking around, then at some stage you will cross it either on a roadway or a covered bridge. One covered Bridge looked to have bird houses all the way along!
On the bridge next to the town hall, I found the "Neptune Stone" on the town hall wall next to the bridge. The stone plaque is an artifact from Roman times. On the plague is "In honor of the Imperial House, Cornelius Aliquandus dedicates this stone by his own Means to the god Neptune in the name of the mariner's town".
Also on the Bridge, is a statue of Johannes Nepomuk from 1724. He was a Priest and a Martyr, and is often found on bridges. This is because he is the Patron "against water dangers," and "the bridges."
The first Fountain I saw, was the Georgsbrunnen, built in 1494 as the guardian of the market place.
It has some funny looking faces where the water spurts, and a small green Dragon standing underneath George.
The second fountain looked quite new. It was a group of musicians playing their instruments, the water came out of the musical instrument.
The 3rd fountain was old, and looked to have Jester heads on the bottom.
We didn't have much luck with seeing the medieval Castle as it was being renovated, had scaffolding around it, and was closed!
I can tell you it was built in the 13th century, parts were destroyed in 1689, then it was rebuilt. The only original piece is the 13th century medevial Keep.
If it is open, the admission fee is only small to see the Municipal Gallery of local art from 1900 to today. The State rooms are Baroque and it's here where an exhibition of castle history is. There are permanent exhibitions and festivals and educational activities.
ADMISSION IN 2013..... Adults 3 € / reduced rate 2 €
Annual Pass Adult 8 € Children under 12 years free
Family ticket for 2 adults and their children 12-18 years € 6
FREE ADMISSION ON FRIDAYS FROM 1PM
Tours per person 3 € plus admission, children under 12 free
OPEN... Wednesday - Sunday 11- 6PM
May to August: Wednesday - Sunday 1 - 6PM
Museum on the lookout tower - May to September SUNDAYS 2- 5PM
Castle tours - Saturday and Sunday 4PM
Next to the Rathaus, is the Rathaus town gate, know as the northern gate.
Right up the top of the tower are 25 bells, 23 of which were donated by the Sparkasse Bank on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Bank in 1984. In addition, there are two other historical bells in the tower.
Make sure you look for a very unusual war memorial on the southern side of the Tower. It was created in 1927 by Oskar A. Kiefer, who lived at Ettlingen.
Known as a "Pacifist War memorial" it is described as a ravenous Death, [seated on a horse], is swinging his scythe and mercilessly trampling human corpses underfoot – soldier and civilian alike. In the `underground´ area, a battle plays out between two brutal giants, wound in the coils of a snake.
The sculpture is a warning against war and the repetition of its misery.
The Rathaus of Ettlingen is another building built out of red sandstone. It's a baroque building that was built in 1738. Situated on the busy marketplace, it has the Ettlingen coat of arms on the balcony, the coat of arms of Baden, St. George and the figure of Justice on the pediment crown. The original Rathaus was destroyed by fire in 1689.
The Sacred Heart Church is a Catholic church in Ettlingen, right in the city center near the market square. The Church was built in 1906 and is the second oldest Catholic church in Ettlingen, after Martin's Church in the Old Town. It looked like red sandstone had been used in the building of this Church. The outside was quite nice and had a few statues, inside was even better, worth having a look at. NO frescoes though, but some nice stained glass windows,
The 15th century Watch Tower is known as the symbol of Ettlingen. It is actually younger than the city of Ettlingen!
The lookout tower is the last remaining tower of the northern city wall. Housed on the first floor is a museum with items from the rural working and living area around 1900. I also found this Restaurant/Pub
The Catholic St. Martin's Church, is one of the oldest buildings in the city. There is mention of it in 1360, when the Church was extended, then again in the 15th century, when St. Martin’s was made into a collegiate church. A chapter house and a larger sacristy were also built at the time. Between 1980/90 new paintings of biblical scenes over the church nave were done by a local artist.
I noticed the church windows were gothic, though only a few were stained glass windows. The outside of the Church is quite attractive too, with its octagonal tower and brown and white colouring, and you will find a statue of St. Martin cutting his cloak in two to share it with a beggar above the entrance.
In the basement of the church are the relics of a Roman bath house, which was built here around 200 AD. This is evidence that Ettlingen was once a Roman town.
As the title says, if I had a pic of places to stay, I would stay again in Ettlingen.
Ettlingen is a small town south of Karlsruhe and we did not stay there long enough to experience all that it has to offer. Just view Katherin_E and tini58de's pages to learn more.
My tip here is to let you know that the alternative option to staying in the big city of Karlsruhe is to choose the quaint, off the beaten path town of Ettlingen.
We are glad that we stayed here. Not only did we not have to negotiate the busy streets of a major city, but we experienced the more relaxed enviorment and loal party atmosphere of the outer suburbs.
I would totally recommend a stay in Ettlingen.
Link to 5 Star Luxury Hotel
You will find the fountain of Georg in front of the Rathaus (town hall). It dates back to 1494 and has recently been renovated. Knight Georg is the protector of the market and the water carriers. This fountain has been shifted here from its original location. The statue is not the original anymore as the original got too affected in its former location by all the emissions.
Its construction was completed around 1600, but a Medieval castle existed in 13th century on that site. The French destroyed it (and also the town) in a war in 1689. After it was rebuilt between 1728-1732 as a Baroque palace. Today the Palace houses a museum of local art and crafts. We couldn't visit it, because it was closed to visitors for the summer festival. In fact, in the summer this mansion hosts the Ettlingen Palace Plays with concerts, theater performances and other venues.
An odd and nice thing about this palace is that the facade on the courtyard is fake, because it is almost entirely painted; pillars and walls decorations.
The Palace houses the Albgau Museum with an archaeological collection and a room with many East Asian artifacts. The Staedtische Galerie with a collection of regional art from the 20th century to the present. Some rooms for temporary exibitions and for educational activities.
The palace of the Margraves of Baden-Baden contains parts of a medieval castle. Three rectangular wings were built in the 16th and early 7th century. In the war of 1689 the French troups burnt down the town and the palace. The widowwed Margravine Sibylla Augusta had the palace restored and enlarged, she lived here from 1728-1733. In these years the Eastern wing with the painted facade was added. The palace now contains the Albgaumuseum (see separate tip).
In summer the courtyard hosts the Ettlinger Schlossfestspiele, a festival of theater and concerts.
Only one piece of the old town wall is preserved, together with one single tower, which is named Lauerturm. This is in the northern corner of the old town (corner Schillerstraße/Pforzheimer Straße). You'll need some imagination for "romantic old-world feeling", though, because these are major roads with heavy traffic.
Discover the romantic spots along the rivver that runs through the town.
The street next to the river's northern bank is like a promenade walk. Not very long, admittedly, but still pleasant. The bridges offer more views, especially in summer when they are ornated with blooming geraniums.
Photogenic views can also be found from behind the church of St Martin.
this church is from the 14th century but in 1689 this church has been badly damaged.
there must be a roman bath here from 2nd century
above the door you see st martin cut his coat to give it to the poor people.
when we were there there was a wedding going on.