The Giant Bench
This oversized bench has been made from some tree trunks. You have to climb the steps to reach the seat, and then you sit like on a throne.
The little furball is Russell the Wombat as size comparison.
Location: next to the wooden bridge, villageside.
The little white church on the hillside opposite the village is probably the first striking building that you'll spot from the train station. It is sort of an outcast, but a self-conscious one. The protestants built their church outside the village. Its location high up shows nevertheless: we are here.
Forbach is a catholic village. In the 18th and 19th century very few protestants were here, for example forest workers, or later civil servants of Baden. They were taken care of by the parsons of Gernsbach. A local protestant community grew slowly. On the eve of World War I the protestants built their own church. The parsonage was added in the 1950s.
- Religious Travel
Rathaus - the Town Hall (Village Hall?)
The town hall is a rather plain building, i am inclined to date it to the 20th century. It is of interest to visitors because the tourist information is located in there, in room 1 in fact.
A funny detail: The present mayor is named Kuno Kußmann. A guy with a big smile. Now what shall we think of a village with a "kissman" as mayor? Must be a lovely place!
The cemetery is located behind the catholic church on top of the ridge. Black Forest people seem to grant their dead a resting place with a view, I have observed the same phenomenon in other villages and towns, for example Gernsbach.
The tombs on the cemetery are mostly modern - the usual rule that graves are taken away after 20 or 25 years applies here, too. Anyway, a walk over the cemetery is pleasant because of the views to all sides. The grounds look ultra tidy with gravel on all surfaces between the graves.
Photographers: in the afternoon the finest pictures of the church are to be caught from the entrance of the cemetery and from the hedge on that side.
- Arts and Culture
- Religious Travel
Catholic Church of St John Baptist
The huge neogothic church on the hilltop look far too big for a village like this. Its two steeples are visible from almost everywhere and make a landmark in the 'skyline' of the village. The architecture is rather urban than rural. It is enormous. Looks as if they have picked the wrong plans for the wrong construction site...
The church was completed in 1891 - typical late 19th century neogothic style. The architect was Adolf Williard.
The square in front of the church (photo 2 - that picture should better be taken in the morning) is part of the design. The terrain rises rather steeply. It ascends in a series of low steps that lead to the main facade with the steeples, and towards the stairs that have to be climbed to reach the entrances. A fountain with the Virgin Mary on a column is placed on the lower end of the square.
The church can be visited. The main portal is closed but the doors through the steeples are open in the daytime. All I was able to catch of the interior was a glimpse through the inner glass door (photo 4) because people were praying the rosary and I did not want to disturb.
- Religious Travel
The Wooden Bridge across Murg River
Wooden bridges with roof exist not only in Luzern... Forbach is very proud of theirs. This bridge, unlike the one in Luzern, can be crossed by car traffic.
The original covered bridge had been built in the second half of the 18th century. 150 years later it had to be closed first for traffic and then even for pedestrians due to damage. In the 1950s a tough decision was made: take down the old bridge and reconstruct it from new wood. So strictly speaking the present bridge is not even 60 years old. An inscription in the middle under the roof tells about the rebuilding and the latest renovation.
- Historical Travel