Here's a scene from Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, as shown in a display case outside the theater.Though most of the performances will be here in the Pforzheim Theater, they are also going to take this opera on tour and play it in various other towns in the Black Forest, such as Nagold and Villingen-Schwenningen.Second photo: Soprano Camille Butcher...more
Pforzheim has a long tradition as a center of the jewelry and watch-making industry. In a building called the "Jewelry Worlds" (Schmuckwelten) in the city center there are numerous shops and exhibits devoted to these products.VT member DavidKeeling, who is a goldsmith himself, has posted two highly interesting travelogues about goldsmithing and...more
The square behind the modern city hall has been named "Platz des 23. Februar 1945" to commemorate the date of the city's destruction. It is for pedestrians only, with benches and flower beds and a modern fountain. However, the visitors it attracts are not necessarily people you'd like to meet after dark...Next to the square a pedestrian bridge...more
The protestant parish church on the peninsula between Enz and Nagold rivers is a modern church, built in 1962-1968 after plans by the architect Heinrich Otto Vogel. It substitutes the old Stadtkirche, a neogothic 19th century building, which was destroyed in the air raid of 1945. Stones from the rubble were reused in the new church.The tall spire...more
The Franciscan abbey was already destroyed in the war of 1689 when Pforzheim shared the fate of many cities and towns in teh Southwest: being burned down by French troops in the Palatinate War. Only the gothic choir of the abbey church remained. After its destruction in 1945 it was rebuilt in the 1950s in its old shape. It is now a catholic parish...more
The seat of the magistrate is a huge 1970s (I assume) building in the heart of the city. Think about it whatever you like...Two details are worth noticing: - The sculpture of a person standing on the edge of the roof, photo 3. - the clockface and the carillon that chimes a little melody every hour (or even half an hour?), photo 4. The tourist...more
The water and the accompanying green along the Enz attract many birds. They are used to people and traffic and are easy to spot, although they keep a certain safety distance.My best spotting was this withe-throated dipper or water ouzel (Cinclus cinclus). Normally rather shy birds who live in rocky river beds, they have entered the city here. They...more
In Pforzheim's centre the rivers Enz and Nagold meet. The river banks have been turned into promenade walks in the city centre. Further out, foot and bike trails accompany the river banks. On a warm spring day like this, the walk along the river was especially pleasant. You can even hire pedal boats for a little cruise on the Enz at Bootspitz...more
The catholic parish church of the city centre is a remarkable 1920s and 1950s architecture. The architect Otto Lindt from Stuttgart designed it in 1929. In the infamous 23rd February 1945 the church was heavily damaged, but the western wall with the main portal and the steeple survived. Already in 1948 the rebuilding of the church began. The parish...more
The huge art nouveau church was built to substitute the old village church of Brötzingen, which had become too small for the growing western quarters of the city. It was built in 1909-1912, the later years of Jugendstil / art nouveau. Jugendstil decorations were often combined with baroque and neoclassical architecture and modern concrete...more
The times of the Plague are shown in a panorama of the town, about 2 to 1.5 metres in size. It is a wooden relief with some mechanical elements, obviously handmade by some enthusiast some decades ago. It shows the old town of Pforzheim at night, with steeples and old houses and the watchman on a tower. When you approach it, some pieces start to...more
About the only quarter of Pforzheim that survived the war relatively unharmed and still has a notable ensemble of pre-war architecture is that area in the west of the city that used to be the village of Brötzingen. The village has long been incorporated into the city. Its centre includes the 18th century village church and parsonage, the 19th...more
The museum presents different aspects of the town’s history, divided among the three buildings. The old church presents the older times on the ground floor. Models show the state of the town around 1890 and a reconstruction of the castle. In 1447 the town saw the greatest celebration in its entire history, the wedding of Prince Karls, son of...more
The art nouveau tower on the hilltop next to the train station is a landmark in the cityscape of Pforzheim. It belongs to an office building that was built in 1901-1903 for the district administration. Nowadays it is occupied by police headquarters. Due to its location on the same hill as the train station you will already see it from the train.more
Pforzheim used to be the residence of the Margraves of Baden in the 15th and 16th century. When the house of Baden divided the territory in 1515, one line named themselves Baden-Pforzheim for a few decades, later they moved to Durlach and became Baden-Durlach. Their castle resp. palace was located on a hilltop above the old town, which is now very...more
A claque, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries, was a group of people who were paid to applaud certain singers or actors, or to boo others.This group of four statues was created in 1987 by the sculptor Guido Messer (born 1941). The statues are now located by the Enz River at Waisenhausplatz, by a pedestrian bridge called the Nonnenmühlsteg....more
One of the main squares in Pforzheim (more of a construction site when I was there) is called the Square of the 23rd of February 1945.On that day, shortly before the end of the Second World War, 379 British bombers destroyed the city in only twenty-two minutes, killing more than 18,000 people -- nearly a third of the population.This was the highest...more
Maybe I'm partial to this gasthous because it's one of the first that I visited in Germany. The interior is clean and comfortable. The wait staff is attentive, helpful and professional.
Favorite Dish: The Cordon Bleu is delicious. The Pommes Frites seem to melt in your mouth.
All concerts and shows begin at 8.30 p.m.;
Enjoy the culture stage (evenings);
culture breakfast (Sundays,11 a.m.);
open stage (every month, last Thursday).
Dress Code: casual
Pforzheim is over twenty-five kilometers from Karlsruhe, but is still integrated into the Karlsruhe "S-Bahn" light rail system. The trains in this system are like large trams that run on the streetcar tracks in Karlsruhe, but then switch to normal railroad tracks to go further out into the countryside. In Pforzheim they stop inside the main station...more
Regional Express (RE), InterRegio Express (IRE) and InterCity (IC) trains run once or twice an hour in each direction between Karlsruhe and Stuttgart, all calling at Pforzheim. The timings are only slightly different: 18 minutes from Karlsruhe to Pforzheim on the IC, 20 minutes on the IRE and 23 on the RE. Second and third photos: On the Regional...more
You do see people cycling in Pforzheim, but the infrastructure in the city center is rudimentary at best.There is absolutely no place to rent a bicycle in Pforzheim. The woman at the tourist information made some phone calls for me, but came up with nothing. Second photo: On the plus side, Pforzheim is connected to some nice regional cycling...more
Once per year, one Friday night and Saturday in July, the city centre of Pforzheim is turned into a big flea market. The pedestrian zone is filled with stalls, tables and blankets where people sell just about everything. For a very moderate fee per square metre everyone can occupy a spot and put stuff on sale. Professional merchants are just as welcome as private sellers. A special area is reserved for unaccompanied children of 14 and under who can sell, for example, toys they have outgrown.
According to the rules the merchandise has to be used, second-hand stuff, no new products and no self-made products (browsing through the market makes me doubt, though, how strictly this rule is observed.)
The market is a big event in the city, with lots of people around, food and drink stalls, some accompanying events in the adjacent churches, and so on. Even if you don't plan a shopping spree it's fun to look around and people-watch.
The date for future markets can in due time be checked on http://www.pforzheim.de Market hours are Friday 19.00 - 23.00, Saturday 8.00 - 16.00.
The verb "gruschteln" (the u is a long "oo" sound") is local dialect and means digging in piles of stuff.
The "Volkshochschule Pforzheim-Enzkreis GmbH" or VHS offers adult education courses in languages, art, fitness, computers and many other subjects in Pforzheim and in twenty-seven neighboring communities.
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Another of those "favourite thing" entries that cannot be called favourite... The fateful date in Pforzheim’s history, to which the city owes its lack of historical architecture and flair. On this day the worst allied air raid hit the city. The centre was almost entirely destroyed. There is hardly a city or town in Germany that suffered, in...more
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