Along the hiking trails on the slopes around Eberstein castle, parts of the forest have been turned into an Arboretum, an exhibition of trees. Some of these are really old trees that have been growing here for decades, if not centuries - like the linden alley on the way to the castle, or the group of chestnut trees halfway up in the vineyards....more
Eberstein castle is located on top of a ridge high above Gernsbach. You see it best from the right bank of the Murg river. The walk from Gernsbach's old town to the castle is about 2 kms. Walking time is about 45 minutes, including the steep ascent, checking out the trees in the Arboretum (see separate tip), enjoying the view from Engelskanzel...more
Eberstein castle is located on a ridge high above Gernsbach. With its towers the castle is a landmark which is impossible to overlook. The Counts of Eberstein built it as their seat in the 13th century. When the family died out in 1660 it became property of the Margraves of Baden, who owned it until the 1990s. The castle was in decay for some time...more
In the vineyards, for example below Eberstein castle, you'll notice rose bushes at the end of the rows of vines. A pretty sight in summer when the roses are in bloom. The rose is the crest of the Counts of Eberstein and the town of Gernsbach, but neither is this the reason why the vintners have planted them, nor is it a question of looks. The roses...more
In 1803 the wealthy family Katz, who had earned their fortune with rafting and trade on the Murg, had themselves a beautiful garden designed between their big new villa and the river. Despite the late date the style of this garden is still baroque. The family owned and used it as their private refuge until the 1960s, since then it has been opeend...more
The most beautiful spot on the edge of the old town has been given to the defunct. The catholic cemetery of biconfessional Gernsbach is located on the ridge behind the Church of Our Lady. The stone bridge leads up to the wrought-iron gate against the light, it's almost like a gate to heaven.The cemetery has probably grown in height with layers and...more
The war memorial on the hill with the funny name Rumpelstein ("rumbling rock") overlooks the town and the valley and offers a fine view. It was built after World War I - I could not find any date so can't tell if it is 1920s or 1930s. Inscriptions refer to the soldiers killed in the German-French war of 1870/71 and First World War. Access from...more
The pretty half-timbered house and yard was the home and office of the bailiff. It also contained wine cellars and the workshops of the barrel-makers, here the tax wine for the cathedral of Speyer was collected. It is located outside the old town on the bank of the Murg, along the road to Eberstein castle. The blue timberwork and white facade are...more
The barns where the grain taxes were collected have been built right on top of the town wall on the southern side of the old town. Because of their size they are a landmark in townscape. Unfortunately the building is in bad shape. People in Gernsbach want to preserve and renovate it and find new uses for it. Campaigns and events take place to raise...more
The impressive Renaissance building was originally a private house. In 1617/18 it was erected for Johann Jakob Kast, a Murg rafter who had become rich with his timber trade - see how promising this business was? This architecture could be in any big city. In a small town like this it must have looked like a paradise bird. Later on it became the...more
The protestant church is located on a terrace close to the river. Its origins date back to the 15th century. The choir ist still late gothic, with tabernacle, crucifix and tombstones of the local nobility. The nave was enlarged and refurbished in the late 18th century and shows a typical protestant interior with wooden galleries. The pulpit, the...more
The so-called "Stork Tower" is the only remaining tower of the old fortifications. It was named after the storks nest on top. The tower protected the gate to the old town from the upper end, the hillside, together with the steeple of the catholic church. This was a vulnerable spot because aggressors coming from above would have an advantage, so it...more
The catholic cemetery is located on the hilltop right behind the church but separated by a deep cut in the topography of the ridge. A stone bridge connects the churchyard with the cemetery. It is protected by a fortified gate in the town wall next to the steeple. The defensive function of the steeple and wall here at the high end of the old town...more
The catholic parish church is visible from afar due to its elevated position on the steep western end of the ridge at the end of the old town. It is said to originate from the chapel of the former castle. The present building dates from the 14th century but was extended and refurbished in neogothic style in the late 19th century. The steeple is...more
The Castle provides a nice view of the town. It would be interesting to go through the castle, but it looked closed in the winter (or at least that weekend). If your there in the winter, the road below the castle is cleared but the road over to Baden-Baden (above the castle) isn't. But that also provides great winter views on the drive over (as...more
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The Murgtal tram line is part of the KVV. It has been installed on a closed-down railway line about a decade ago, with new tracks and stops in all villages. There are two lines that use this track.
# The S 31 begins in the Kraichgau hills and travels via Bruchsal and Karlsruhe central station to Freudenstadt, some end already in Forbach.
# The S 41 runs all the way from Karlsruhe to Freudenstadt, 2 hours in total. If you want to travel all the way to Freudenstadt, remember that the KVV area ends in Forbach and that different tickets are needed for the ride beyond.
These trams run at least hourly, in the afternoon every 30 minutes.
Important: Many of the small village stops are "Bedarfshaltestellen", stops upon request. If you are on board the tram, the announcement will say the name of the stop and "Der Zug hält nur bei Bedarf" (The train stops only upon request). To express your request, press the button by the door in time, prior to reaching the stop.
If you are at such a station, you will see an installation like the one in photo 3. Press the big yellow button for the direction of your travel, and the tram driver is notified that s/he has to stop. Otherwise the tram will pass through without stopping.
Rafting and timber trade was the base of the economy in many of those towns along the rivers in the Back Forest. Gernsbach earned a modest wealth with this business. The timbers that were cut up in the forests had to be transported to the cities along the Rhine where they were sold and used for construction. The waterway was easiest. The logs were...more
These are a local kind of pasta which is prepared in a big pan together with sauerkraut and bacon. Much tastier than it sounds! They are my favourite festival food hereabouts. On festivals like the Altstadtfest and also on Christmas markets it is available as takeaway. Local pubs and rural restaurants also have it on their menu.In Swabia this type...more
September is apple time. What to do with them, especially from those in the orchard meadows? Press them and make Most. Gernsbach has a club of Süßmost makers who take care of the orchards and operate the press. They have a big stall on the Altstadtfest where they show how Süßmost is made. Very easy: wash the apples, put them through a shredder,...more
The entire Black Forest, of course also the surroundings of Gernsbach, is covered with a dense network of hiking trails. You can prepare your route with the help of a map or just start walking anywhere. Boards with maps are put up at the beginning of many trails. The trails are signposted in an (almost) foolproof way so you can choose and find your way easily.
The signs point the destinations and give the distance in kms, quite accurate. Symbols indicate S-Bahn and bus stops, where to find a restaurant (plate with cutlery), viewpoints (star). The larger trails are marked in different colours, either on signs or painted on rocks or trees; these marks are also shown on the signposts (here: the diamonds in blue/grey and purple).
Equipment: Comfortable shoes with some grip that you walk well in. On these forest trails there is no need for ankle-high hiking boots (if you have them, fine).
The only danger in these forests, apart from tripping over your own feet, are tiny insects: ticks. They sit in the grass and other low plants. Watch out for them in spring and summer, and if you catch one, remove it as quickly as possible, as the Black Forest is high risk zone for infections.
Unfortunately I didn't manage to watch a performance by now but a friend told me that it is really worth to do. This year they play "DAS KAETHCHEN VON HEILBRONN oder DIE FEUERPROBE" 16-19 July 2004, Beginn 8 pm22-25 July 2004, Beginn 8 pmBooking of tickets starts on 4 May 2004 Information and Tickets:Verkehrsamt GernsbachIgelbachstr. 1176593...more
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