Forbach Things to Do
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The Murg Valley S-Bahn is the KVV's longest tram line into the countryside. It runs all the way to Freudenstadt, two hours from Karlsruhe centre, some even further to Eutingen im Gäu. Forbach is about in the middle of this route. A really scenic ride with a lot of Black Forest landscape to enjoy, by the way. The trams stop at every village. Options for hiking tours from one stop to another or even over the ridge to the Alb valley and the S 1 line are endless.
KVV tariff ends at Kirschbaumwasen, two stops behind Forbach. If you want to continue to Freudenstadt you need different tickets (ticket machines are on board the tram). There are two lines that operate on this route, the S 41 and S 31. The S 31 originates in the Kraichgau hills and goes via Bruchsal and Karlsruhe central station and Rastatt on the Murgtal route. The S 41 - some of them - come all the way down from Heilbronn via Bretten, go through Karlsruhe centre and return to the train tracks at Karlsruhe central station. Most of those trams don't travel the entire line, though, so it is always good to check.
There is a regular tram that stops everywhere once per hour, in the morning and afternoon every 30 minutes. Express trains (Eilzug) run every two hours; these are notably faster because they only stop at the main stops - they do stop in Forbach, though.
Many S 31 trams end in Forbach. There is a tram garage at the stations where the trams "go to sleep for the night". The wall of this tram garage displays the village's so far only successful attempt to become world famous: the longest plank that has ever been sawn in a single piece (see separate tip in the Local Customs section).Related to:
Forbach Local Customs
Forbach, or in fact the adjacent village of Gausbach which is part of the municipality of Forbach, is the holder of a world record which is proudly presented at Forbach station. In 2010 a team of (hobby) woodcutters sawed the longest ever registered plank in one piece from a 100 year old tree trunk. The total length of the plank is 45.15 metres, which clearly broke the prior record of 40.81 metres.
If you are waiting for a tram and bored, you can admire the world record plank on the wall of the tram garage. It is attached along the bottom of the windows (see red arrows in photo 1). The entire length did not fit into the photo, there are a few metres missing on the right.
There is a board with some photos of the event and an explanation which is easier to notice than the plank itself.Related to:
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As I learned from the theme path along the river, the landscape around Forbach looked different some decades ago. There were more meadows on the slopes. Now most of these are covered with bushes and young trees. In former times these meadows were used to make hay for the winter feeding of the cattle. In summer the animals were pastured in the...more
The higher upstream you travel along the Murg, the narrower the valley. Around Forbach the hillsides are steep, the river is deeply cut into the rocks. The villages have been built on the hillsides, at a distance from the river bank because of floods. In summer the rocky river bed has little water but at the end of winter when the snow is melting...more
Another detail to look for in the streets are the religious monuments. Forbach is a catholic village. Crucifixes and statues of saints have been put up in several places. These are usually private donations, witht he names of the donator(s) written on the pedestal. The wooden bridge of course has its statue of Nepomuk the bridge saint. It is not...more
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