The catholic parish church marks the centre of the village. It was built on a terrace above the main square. Its history dates back to the middle ages, it is one of the oldest parishes in the Murg valley. Only the bottom part of the steeple is left of the medieval church, though. The nave was substituted by a larger one in the 18th century which...more
Some houses still have them: little stone huts in the courtyard that contain a baking oven. While other villages have one or two large baking houses that were used by the whole community, here the farms each had one of their own or maybe for a handful of families, it seems. The ovens were separate buildings outside the houses because of the heat...more
The current of Mühlbach stream has long been used. There must have been more water mills in the past - this one is preserved, about halfway from the village centre towards the Gumbe and the upstream end of the village. Some of the water is lead in a wooden flume a lot further upstream which has less decline than the stream itself, hence this water...more
Michelbach is the most beautiful among the villages that now form the town of Gaggenau. It is cuddled into a side valley among the hills. A mountain ridge with Mahlberg and Bernstein as highest elevations forms the background. The older part of the village stretches along a stream named Michelbach (surprise surprise) at the bottom of the valley....more
... or vice versa, I walked it the other way round.The distance between Michelbach and Moosbronn is given as 3.5 kilometres, which sounds like a relaxed hike. The little church in Moosbronn and its sacred image of the Madonna is a popular destination for regional pilgrimages. Processions on foot from Michelbach are done on some holidays, and many...more
The village of Moosbronn, tiny as it is used to be divided in two by a border that run right through the village. Since 1660 (when the Counts of Eberstein died out) one half belonged to the Margraviate of Baden-Baden and later the Grandduchy of Baden, the other to the Duchy, later Kingdom of Württemberg. The division also influenced the religion:...more
Moosbronn is located in a small valley high up in the mountains between Murg and Alb valley. From Gaggenau centre one has to cross the rather steep ridge of Mahlberg. Moosbronn is a small and quiet village. Walking the full length hardly takes five minutes. The village is surrounded by lush green meadows and forests with plenty of options for...more
Pilgrimages to Moosbronn began already in the late 17th century in times of the Turkish Wars. Legends tell of a farmworker who got stuck with his horses and wagon and cried to the Madonna for help, and Mary helped. The first sanctuary was just a small chapel, built in 1683. Since it attracted more and more pilgrims, a laarger church was needed. In...more
Geese are, sort of, Gaggenau's 'heraldic' animals (although they are not depicted in the town's crest). Legends say that the town was founded in a swampy area with ponds and that the place received its name from the voices of the geese. This explanation is funny but must be considered a fairy tale.Anyway, the geese are present in town. Not real...more
The catholic parish church of Gaggenau pretends to be a lot older than it really is. The church, dedicated to St Joseph, was built in the shape and structure of an early Romanesque basilica with short sturdy pillars, cushion capitals and flat ceilings. It is, however, just a bit older than a century. The church was built in 1899 - 1901.The air...more
Gaggenau does not have an old town any more. The town was hit by bomb raids in World War II, about 70% were destroyed. Gaggenau is the seat of a notable amount of industry. The Daimler-Benz factory is the biggest employer in town.The town centre around Hauptstraße and Marktplatz was rebuilt after the war in the typical post-war style. It has a...more
This funny sculpture can be found in front of the town hall in market square. Unfortunately I do not know the title; would be interesting to know. My internet research was not successful, though. The style indicates that it must be a work by Guido Messer because it so much resembles his "Claque" in Schwetzingen which consists of similar serial...more
A spa town needs a Kurpark, of course Bad Rotenfels has one. It has some pretty trees and is nice for a walk but, sorry for honesty, is not really special.The pride of the town is, however, the thermal spa named Rotherma, which is located within the Kurpark. The spa facilities have recently been modernized. The spa uses the waters of the three...more
The parish church of Bad Rotenfels is a late baroque building of 1752 - 1766. The interior is said to be a baroque gem - unfortunately the church was closed when I walked by, so I cannot tell about it.The baroque steeple is a landmark and signpost in the village that can help you to find your way. It is located on the right bank of the Murg, next...more
The title "Bad", spa, is a recent acquisition. Just like the status as part of a town. Until the 1970s the place was simply named "Rotenfels" and it was just a village. The centre still tells of those times. Old Rotenfels has a rural look, small streets, small houses, a bit of timberframe architecture. The only larger building is the art nouveau...more
Michelbach and Moosbronn are outlying parts of Gaggenau that cannot be reached by S-Bahn. The easiest way to get there is the bus 253 which departs in the square opposite the station (Gaggenau Bahnhof). Buses run hourly until very late in the evening, they depart in Gaggenau on the full hour. The ride to Michelbach takes 6 minutes, to Moosbronn via...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. There...more
As nearly every city Gaggenau has also a fleamarket.
It takes place at Daimler-Chrysler-Parkplatz on :
6 + 20 May 2006
3 + 17 June 2006
1 + 29 July 2006
12 + 26 August 2006
9 + 30 September 2006
14 + 28 October 2006
12 + 25 November 2006
What to buy: I really have to admit that I have never been to fleamarket in Gaggennau. I read the dates in the newspaper and thought that it may be of interest.
There is no exact translation into English for the term Streuobstwiese. It describes a traditional type of cultural landscape around villages: grassland with scattered fruit trees of various varieties: apples, pears, plums, walnuts, cherries etc. The grass is mown only once or twice a year and can be used for making hay. The meadows can also be used as pastures. Pears and apples from the trees are, for example, the base for the making of "Moscht", the local variety of cider.
These meadows are home to many specieses of plants and animals and form a valuable natural habitat. In the 20th century many of them disappeared to make room for more efficient ways of farming but nowadays those that still exist are protected, and new ones are established. Think blooming meadows with a wide variety of wildflowers in spring and early summer, bird watching, butterflies and other insects...
Streuobstwiesen can be found on the lower, gentle slopes around the villages in the Murg valley. Paths and small roads allow easy walks. My photos were taken between Michelbach and Gaggenau.
Fondest memory: In spring, the blooming fruit trees are a beautiful sight.
In autumn, a walk through Streuobstwiesen is nourishing. Warning, these trees belong to someone, so don't rob the whole harvest. However, I see nothing wrong in picking up a fallen apple or two from the grass under a tree and enjoying it on the spot.