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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.
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Updated Dec 29, 2012
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.
Written Dec 12, 2011
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.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: Schlossplatz, 3.
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.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
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.
Updated Feb 10, 2011
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.
Updated Feb 10, 2011
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.
Updated Jun 6, 2008
We could only see the outside and a bit of the patio inside when we sneaked in.
there was an practice of a play or so. so we sneaked out again. little bit embaresed lol.
but it was dry for a moment.
the funny part what she told us was that the inside was painted so the decoration was not real.
Written Jun 6, 2008
The narrow pedestrians' gateway through the town hall's tower has the names of Ettlingen's World War I casualties inscribed on its walls. From the outward side of the gate a soldier points into the passage: "Hie habt Ehrfurcht vor den Toten" (Here have reverence for the dead). Towards the market square, a relief (Oskar Alexander Kiefer 1927) shows Death on horseback swaying the fiery scythe above the soldiers above and the Titans fighting underground.
Written May 27, 2008
The so-called Neptunstein is a relic of Ettlingen's distant past. The relief, dated to the 2nd or 3rd century A.D., depicts the ancient Roman god Neptun, to whom the stone was dedicated by the guild of the Alb rafters.
This stone here, however, is a 16th century copy. The original can be admired in the Badisches Landesmuseum at Karlsruhe.
The white stone below contains a Latin inscription by the reformator Caspar Hedio written in 1554 which tells the history of the stone of Neptun and the foundation of the town.
Updated May 27, 2008
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