Kuchen Travel Guide

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  • Tower of the former bath and wash house.
    Tower of the former bath and wash house.
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Kuchen Things to Do

  • Kosthaus (Fare House, Canteen)

    This building is located at the wide side between the Festival Hall and Multi-purpose Building, opposite the Workers Cottage and the Schweizerhaus. On the second floor was the canteen which was stocked with those pre-microwave reheating devices in which the workers could reheat their lunches from home.The house included two apartments for...

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  • The old Weir (Gingener Wehr) is still...

    About 600 metres west of the workers’ estate you still find the old weir where once the power for the spinning and weaving mill were generated.I was surprised to still find it moving and working right in the moment I was there. Also the so called Turbinenhaus – the turbine keeper’s house – still looked the way I remember it from my childhood. I was...

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  • The historic Transmission Tower

    It would be quite nice to climb on this small tower, made of concrete blocks, which looks a bit like taken out of a fortress. There is a balcony-like iron structure on the east side, and a kind of roof terrace at the top. But they have taken away the lower part of the ladder, so nobody can damage this cultural-technological monument of historic...

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  • The Park

    The 2.5 hectare park is adjacent to the Fabrikantenvilla, if you stand in front of it, to the left, and still is a green space.It did not only include rare trees like American nut trees (Amerikanischer Schwarznussbaum), Red Beech (Blutbuche) and cypress (Scheinzypresse). In the early days there were artificial lakes, fountains, and flower...

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  • Fabrikantenvilla (The Founder’s Villa)

    You find the original owner’s villa if you leave the workers’ estate behind, heading west, cross the square in front of the former weaving mill building (now an outlet store) and carry on to the right. You soon see a locked modern gate, and behind mature trees the three-storey villa.It was built in 1862. The design was by Leonhard Zeugheer from...

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  • Meisterhaus (Supervisors’ House)

    This red brick house with nice yellowish pattern was built in 1886/87 for the masters and supervisors and their families. It offered generously sized accommodation.It is located at the corner between the Mehrzweckgebäude and the workers’ cottages of Neckarstraße.The address is Bleicherstraße 17.On one of my many cycling trips between Gingen and SBI...

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  • Speicherhaus (Storage House)

    This brightly coloured three-storey building is located left of the restaurant (Staubbach), the former Kosthaus.It looks unspectacular on the side of the square but lovlier on the side facing Weberallee (formerly: Fabrikstraße).It had 5 units on the ground floor, a canteen, and a bakery. Under the roof were rooms for unmarried workers. There were...

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  • Festplatz (The Square)

    The grassy central square – even called “Square” at the time – is surrounded by all those lovely communal and apartment buildings, includes two pavilions and an attractive fountain.Also today it has a great atmosphere and is a nice place to relax. You can sit down in the pavilions and the shade of the trees, and enjoy the views of the surrounding...

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  • More old Buildings

    If you stroll around you will find some more old houses like this one, built of red bricks with integrated decorative yellowish patterns. When the “Festplatz” was surrounded by the communal buildings and workers cottages, more residential houses were built in other styles, so the many workers could be accommodated. In total there were about 30...

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  • Bath and Washing House / Festival Hall

    They were Württemberg’s first public baths. The building has a small clock tower and is beautifully half-timbered, with sawed wooden ornaments at the gables. After not being used as bath and washing house anymore, this big building which spanned one whole length of the square became a dining and festival room (after 1875). I remember the Christmas...

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  • Tours and More Information

    If you understand German it is no problem to make a self-guided tour. There is a big information panel between the Bath and Washing House (Festival Hall), easily recognisable by its clock tower, and the restaurant Staubbach. Or just print my infos and the photo of this tip with the orientation map. If you want a guided tour (on appointment only),...

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  • The Remains of the Spinnerei (Spinning...

    This is one of the few remaining buildings of the glory days of fabric production of the SBI. Apart from this only the founder’s villa, the nursery, the new laboratory and the administration building could be conserved. Non-usable buildings, including an impressive 60 m high red-brick chimney, were demolished in 1988.SBI started as a weaving mill...

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  • Mehrzweckgebäude (Multi-purpose...

    This English style building, opposite the Festival Hall (originally the Bath and Washing House), is from 1864. The verandahs facing the Square are very attractive. On the ground floor were the apartments for supervisors and the teacher of the enterprise’s school. On the upper floors you found the school room, a library and reading room, a pharmacy...

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  • The first Workers’ Cottage...

    This early building (Neckarstraße 66) dates back to 1858 and is located right beside the Bath and Washing House and to the left of the Schweizerhaus. The architect was Georg Morlok who was not only an architect but also an engineer of the railway company. When this house was built a detailed plan for the workers estate did not exist yet.

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  • Workers Cottage, later: House for...

    This workers cottage (Arbeiterwohngebäude, Neckarstraße 71) was built in 1863, and is located to the right of the Schweizerhaus. It later served as a Mädchenwohnheim (home for girls resp. unmarried women). The house had five apartments. Arnold Staub, the boss of the enterprise, ordered that the workers had to keep a flower and vegetable patch in...

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Kuchen Favorites

  • Arnold Staub – the Man behind the...

    -The founding of SBI and the revolutionary creation of the model workers’ estate is forever linked with the name Arnold Staub.Staub was born in Switzerland in 1821 into a textiles producing family. Still he earned further qualifications in this area of expertise, and by marrying into leading families of the textiles business, he got into a great...

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  • The new Life of the Spinning Mill

    -This renovated building is quite beautiful but the huge and mostly empty carpark in front of it gives it a kind of sad look. At the best of times 25,340 spindles were running in the spinning mill.Since the closure of SBI the building has had a variety of purposes. At the moment it is used as an outlet store of several brands (Marken-Lagerverkauf),...

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  • Little Gardens of Happy Days

    I remember the times when there was a black slack walking track (Schwarzer Weg) along the river, bordered by plum trees, leading to a plot of small gardens (Kleingärten) near the weir (Gingener Filswehr). The land of those gardens belonged to SBI who leased it to their employees. My parents also had a garden (Ländle = “small land”) there where they...

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