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    Wonderful old town

    by rexvaughan Written Jun 8, 2013

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    Daytrip to Bad Wimpfen
    We had a free day while in Goeppingen and considered going to Stuttgart, but had had such a full trip that we just weren’t up to trying to see another city in a short time,so opted instead for a day trip to Bad Wimpfen. Also, I had seen VTer ChristineJ’s page and it looked like a beautiful small city which she seems to visit often.
    We were not disappointed as it is a beautiful and well preserved little town of only about 6 or 7 thousand people. It was evidently spared damage in both world wars and the lovely old half-timbered houses are well cared for. One of its very noticeable landmarks is what is called the Blue Tower, built around the beginning of the 13th Century and is one of the longest used watchtowers in Germany.
    We saw the steeples of what turned out to be the town church, so took the short walk and found a lovely small church. On our trip we had visited a dozen or fifteen grand churches and cathedrals, so this one did not impact us much at first, but looking back over the photos I got, it is a pretty stunning one. Even though we could not enter the church proper, the glass doors (locked) in the vestibule allowed a decent look in at the beautifully arched and vaulted ceiling and a magnificent gilded pulpit dating probably to around the 15th Century.
    What most impressive for its haunting beauty was a crucifixion scene dating from the early 16th Century. I learned from ChristineJ’s VT page that there is a similar one by the same sculptor in the Frankfurt cathedral, but this one has been left outside. This has caused some damage but I think the weathering lends another kind of beauty to it.

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    Visit a Handball Game

    by Kakapo2 Updated May 23, 2011

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    As you might already know from reading my pages: Handball is the most exciting team sport in the world! It is the second fastest sport after ice-hockey.

    To get a feeling for the game attend a game of the Göppingen team – named Frisch Auf! - in EWS Arena (formerly: Hohenstaufenhalle) amidst another 5600 spectators (4100 seats). Check out the dates on the Frisch Auf website.

    The season goes from end of August until May.

    Be prepared to watch the game standing and therefore arrive well ahead of the start of the game. But you might be lucky to get a seat since EWS Arena has been expanded in a huge overhaul a few years ago. (Frisch Auf had to play its home games in Stuttgart of the 2008/2009 season due to the building works.) Capacity has grown from 4200 to 5600 spectators.

    Where to get tickets:

    Geschäftsstelle FRISCH AUF! Göppingen
    (club administration centre)
    Leonhard-Weiss-Str. 40
    73037 Göppingen
    Phone 07161- 965 975- 0
    Fax 07161- 965 975- 75
    Email: service@frischauf-gp.de

    Open Mo – Fr 9am – 12.30 pm, Thu also 4pm – 7pm

    Via the internet tickets are sold at Ticketonline:
    www.ticketonline.com

    Tickets are also available at many places in Göppingen, including the tourist info site at Rathaus, and other cities. More info on this here:

    http://www.frischauf-gp.de/tickets.html



    In the yellow circle of the second photo you can see an elegant elder statesman. This is Bernhard Kempa who invented the finest trick in handball.

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    More Things to See and Do in and around Göppingen

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 20, 2007

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    Detail of G��ppingen's castle.

    Oberhofenkirche (see intro)

    Kunsthalle (Art Gallery)
    Marstallstraße 55
    Phone (07161) 650 777
    Open Tue – Sun 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 6pm, Thu afternoon until 8pm, closed on Monday


    In the suburb of Jebenhausen (first town from the town centre towards Autobahn A 8)

    Städtisches Naturkundliches Museum
    Museum about the 200 million long natural history of the region, documented by a collection of 3000 fossils; located in the former hostel of Jebenhausen’s spa; the half-timbered building is from 1610.
    Address: Boller Straße 102, Jebenhausen, phone (07161) 7472 and 650-191
    Open Wed and Sat 1pm – 5pm, Sun and public holidays 11am – 5pm, closed from Nov to mid April. Guided tours on appointment.
    Entry fee 1.50 Euro, children up to 18 free.

    Jüdisches Museum
    Located in a church from 1506, explaining the local Jewish history which started in 1777.
    Address: Boller Str. 82, Jebenhausen, phone (07161) 44 600 and 650-191
    Open Wed and Sat 1pm – 5pm, Sun and public holidays 11m – 5pm
    Entry fee 1.50 Euro, children up to 18 free



    In the suburb of Faurndau (first town, leaving Göppingen towards Uhingen/Stuttgart):
    Stiftskirche der Chorherren – a massive late Roman basilica, one of the master pieces of this era in Schwaben, with frescos from 1300 that were uncovered in 1957. It is protestant.



    Bad Boll
    A spa town (5200 inhabitants) on the way from Göppingen to the Autobahn A 8 (Aichelberg), well-known for its mineral springs (thermal water, sulphur springs, Jurassic fango, rehabilitation clinic).
    More info on the website: http://www.bad-boll.de/

    Collection of petrifications, found around Boll, in the “Kurhaus”, phone (07164) 81-0

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    Get in Touch with Dinosaurs at Urwelt-Museum Hauff

    by Kakapo2 Updated Sep 20, 2007

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    Photo from the museum's website.

    This Museum of the Prehistoric World - Hauff is just the name of the owners/creators - is located in Holzmaden, near the Autobahn (A 8) exit Aichelberg. It sign-posted from the Autobahn.

    The exhibited fossils are from the Jurassic Period, 180 million years ago, when the world was submerged under a tropical sea. This was home of many kinds of saurians. You can see their skeletons in the museum as well as petrified fish, marine crocodiles, ammonites and sea lilies.

    Nowhere in the world the saurians can be found as well preserved as in the Swabian Jura and in such great numbers. You do not only learn about the fauna of this era but also about the history and geology of the earth.

    They have a great English version of their website, so you can get a lot more information there if you want.

    Open
    Tue – Sun 9am – 5pm
    Closed on Mondays and some public holidays (24, 25 and 31 December, 1 January)

    Entry fee 5 Euro

    Address:
    Urwelt-Museum Hauff
    Aichelberger Strasse 90
    73271 Holzmaden/Teck

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    More Water – Fill up your Bottles

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 20, 2007

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    Filling up bottles at the fountain near Freibad.

    When we were young we went to Eislingen or Göppingen on most Saturdays and filled up the bottles of several crates with mineral water, called Sauerwasser (sour water) – for free!

    Thanks to historic rights (from 1747, to be exact), this tradition still exists today. In Göppingen there are three places where you can fill up your bottles for free: at the fountains of Christophsbad, at vordere Karlstraße or near the Freibad (Outdoor Swimming Pool) just some metres from Ulmer Straße which is the main road between Eislingen and Göppingen to the city centre. Just follow the sign to Freibad and you cannot miss it.

    The mineral water has been known in the region for many hundreds of years. First the water was found on the slopes of the valleys. Later sources were made accessible by drilling into the ground. The first source in Göppingen was found in 1404.

    In former times the water was mainly used for spa and drinking cures, as did the Dukes who built Göppingen’s castle. Today the baths are home to museums and used for other purposes. However, mineral water is bottled commercially, the best known are Christophsquelle und Jebenhausener Sprudel.

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    Barbarossa-Thermen – if you Need a Break

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 20, 2007

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    Photo from the website of Barbarossa-Thermen.

    Formerly a simple indoor swimming pool, this aquatic centre has developped into a wellness oasis with spa, sauna, slides, etc. Also on offer are massage and all kinds of beauty therapy.

    It is located opposite Hohenstaufenhalle at the corner of Lorcher & Nördliche Ringstraße, so either a not too long walk from the city centre (from Schillerplatz straight ahead, slightly up the hill), or take bus # 4, 11 and 94.

    Opening Hours

    Barbarossa-Thermen:
    daily 8am – 10pm, Fr and Sat until 11pm

    Swimming and diving area:
    Tue 6.30am – 6.30pm
    Wed, Thu 6.30am – 10pm
    Fri 6.30 am – 11pm
    Sat 8am – 11pm
    Sun & Public Holidays 8am – 10pm

    Entry fee for the whole day 14.50 Euro, swimming only 3.40 Euro

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    Historic Museum “Im Storchen”

    by Kakapo2 Updated Sep 20, 2007

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    Backside of the museum

    If you stand in front of the main entrance of the museum you will quickly understand the name “Storchen” – meaning: stork/s. Some stork sculptures stand in front of the historic half-timbered building near Schillerplatz.

    The “Storchen” was erected right on the city wall for the Barons of Liebenstein in 1536, as their city residence. It is the oldest residential building of the city and has been home to the communal museum since 1949. You can see there the Augustalis gold coin from the Staufer time, a lot of the testimonies of Göppingen’s craftspeople and peasant culture, and also some toy collections and some metal items from Märklin.

    Open Tue – Sat 1pm – 5 pm, Sun and Public Holidays 11am – 5pm

    Entry Fee 1.50 Euro, children under 18 free.

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    The “real” Walking Tour of the Staufer Mountains

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 20, 2007

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    View to Hohenrechberg (left) and Stuifen.

    The three classic Staufer mountains (Stauferberge) are Hohenstaufen, Hohenrechberg and Stuifen.

    You either take the car or bus to Hohenstaufen and make a return-trip over the three mountains, or you organise a pick-up service in the little village of Wißgoldingen which is next to Stuifen.

    Although it is historically significant to have climbed all three hills, Stuifen is no must if you want to have nice views. You must nearly crawl through the scrub to get a glimpse of the town of Schwäbisch Gmünd and the surrounding area. The summit is totally covered in high trees and brush, so really no views. A summit rock tells you where you are, that is all.

    So you could walk down into the valley, to a little town named Ottenbach, from Hohenrechberg, and from there make your way back to Göppingen or Eislingen.

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    Travel on the Straße der Staufer (Staufer Route)

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 20, 2007

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    This tourist route leads from Bad Boll (near the autobahn A 8) via Göppingen, Schwäbisch Gmünd and Heidenheim to Giengen/Brenz, and covers about 300 kilometres.

    See detailed info on this website:

    http://www.stauferland.de/

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    Snack on a Brezel or a Cake

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 20, 2007

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    One of G��ppingen's many bakeries.

    Germans are obsessed with their trillion of different kinds of bread and rolls, and the Schwaben (Swabians) are rightfully proud of their great Brezeln (pretzels) – read my praise on my Gingen page.

    As I am a little bit on cold turkey in New Zealand, I got very aware on my last visit that Göppingen seems to have more bakeries (Bäckerei) and pastry shops (Konditorei) – mostly Bäckerei & Konditorei together – than any other place. And as it was a nice summer’s day they all had stalls with special offers outside the shops. You nearly could not resist to buy a piece of Zwetschgendatschi (plum cake), Käsekuchen (the fluffy German version of cheese cake) or one of the million filled danishs (Quarktasche, Kirschtasche etc.)…

    I can assure you, you do not really lose weight on a holiday im Schwabenland…;-)

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    Half-timbered and Colourfully Restored Houses

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 20, 2007

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    Gaiser: Beautiful building, fabulous shop.

    You see beautifully restored half-timbered houses and other fantastic old buildings everywhere in the city centre - although not a real lot of them survived the big fires and city planning actions in more modern times.

    Many inner city streets are car-free, so you can stroll around perfectly, without getting killed by a car while admiring the beautiful fassades or shop windows. So not miss the also beautiful antique or newly-made antique-looking shop signs above the entrances.

    The building on the photo is not only beautiful on the outside but also inside. Gaiser, located in Hauptstraße, is a fabulous grocery and delicatessen shop.

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    Harald Immig – this Artist Knows Hohenstaufen best

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 20, 2007

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    Hohenstaufen, watercolour by Harald Immig.

    Harald Immig is a local multi-talented artist. He is a watercolour painter, poet, singer and song-writer. To me he looks a bit like a medieval knight with his long curly hair and the moustache.

    I discovered him by coincidence many years ago when walking up to the ruins of Hohenstaufen castle. You can’t help but pass his house as it sits at the foot of the hill, shortly before the Hohenstaufen documentation centre, and the word “Galerie” lured me inside. And as I love good watercolour paintings I went back every now and then, mostly his mother supervising the visitors while Harald Immig slept in after one of his many weekend concerts LOL ... or when he was painting somewhere under an apple tree. But on some occasions he was at the gallery as well.

    I think no-one has painted Hohenstaufen more often and from all different angles you can imagine. Sure, you will never get the perfect overview of his paintings as the exhibits are permanently changing, as he sells quite some paintings. (And he would also sell YOU one!) But of course, he is not hooked on Hohenstaufen motives but has also painted a lot during his travels to near and far-away destinations, so you might spot impressions from Scotland, Iceland, Venice and Tuscany, and he also does still-lives.

    Immig’s poems are illustrated with his paintings, and he also publishes calendars. If you have no chance to visit the gallery but like his work you can order them by Fax.

    Open daily 2pm – 5.30pm
    Sunday 11am – 5.30pm and on appointment

    Address:
    Galerie Harald Immig
    Kaiserbergsteige 15
    Hohenstaufen
    73037 Göppingen

    Phone 07165 / 570 and 8677
    Fax 07165 / 20 05 28
    Email: info@harald-immig.de

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    The further Walk up to the Top of Hohenstaufen

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 20, 2007

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    View from Hohenstaufen to Hohenrechberg.

    After a walk uphill on a zig-zag track (about 15 minutes from the documentation centre) you reach the summit of Hohenstaufen. As said, there is not much more to see of the former castle than some remains of the foundation walls. The latest addition is an octagonal stele which reminds of the Staufers’ great past.

    The castle was built in 1070. (More about the Staufer history in my Göppingen intro.) It was destroyed in on 29 April 1525 during the Bauernkrieg (Peasant War). Peasants, led by their captain Jörg Bader, stormed the castle, which at the time was secured by walls, guards and cannons. After a short battle they conquered the castle and burnt it down.

    The fire was a symbol of the revolution of the “common man” – meaning: the ordinary Joe – who had enough of giving away parts of his harvests, income and compulsory labour, and who wanted to achieve the “freedom of Christian man”, propagated by Luther. Most of them supported the idea of renewal based on the old rights, a programme of the so-called “12 Articles”. The peasants affiliated in semi-military congregations. The sovereigns of the territories were so surprised that they did not react immediateley but then stroke back terribly.

    Most war actions, however, did not take place in the region around Göppingen and the Schwäbische Alb, the actions there were single rebellions. After the war peasants were tortured or evicted from their home countries; they fell back into their crappy lives until the 19th century.

    Enjoy the great views over the Fils and Neckar valleys, to the rims of the Schwäbische Alb and other castles on mountain tops.

    If you are in the mood to walk a bit more, carry on to the next butte. This is Hohenrechberg, another Staufer castle, with a lot more remains of the ruins, restored rooms, a tower, restaurant, and a church nearby.

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    Get Yourself Up to Hohenstaufen

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 20, 2007

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    Hohenstaufen, seen from the track to Hohenrechberg

    As there is public bus service to the village of Hohenstaufen you do not necessarily need a car to get up to the remains of the foundation walls of the former Staufer castle.
    From the town centre (church) walk up the steep street towards the castle (Burgruine).

    At the last house on the left side is the gallery of water colour artist Harald Immig (see extra tip).

    Next point of interest is about 100 metres further up the hill on the right side, a really great exhibition in the documentation centre for Staufer history.

    This room - official name: Dokumentationsraum für staufische Geschichte - was opened in 1977. Models and historic aspects give insight into the history of the Staufer empire. You can well imagine how the castle at the top of the hill once looked like.You also get information about other domiciles, monasteries and churches of the Staufers. Next to the documentation centre is a small church named Barbarossakirche.

    Open daily 10 am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm
    Closed from mid Nov until mid March
    Entry fee 1 Euro

    You can book guided tours for groups of up to 20 people at the ipunkt information centre at Göppingen Town Hall, phone (07161) 650-292. This costs 25 Euro per hour.

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    Have a Coffee or Lunch at Schillerplatz

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 20, 2007

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    The glove stays in the fountain ;-)

    This once was the bus exchange. Now it is a nice square, named after the poet Friedrich Schiller, where you can relax perfectly, either in one of the many cafés or restaurants, or just sitting at a fountain, either named Künstler- or Theaterbrunnen (I will research; but it has to do with arts anyway...).

    On Wednesday and Saturday the market where mainly fruit and vegetables is held on the Square. But also other delicatessen are sold.

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