The small creek that runs through the town was turned into a canal and used by workshops who needed water and water power in former times. The small building next to the bridge (photo 1) served as butchery and was used by all butchers of the town. Adjacent to it, there was the laundry where the women did their washing, hopefully not at the same...more
Dörfle, the "village", is the name of the quarter outside the fortifications, as opposed to Städtle, the "town". The heart of the Dörfle is marked by this funny fountain, dated 1887.The inscription says, "Es lebe hoch Dorf Zell a. H. und die... nebedro", Hooray to Zell am Harmersbach village and those next-door.The old sign below forbids letting...more
The medieval steeple of the old church is preserved, the old nave has been torn down and substituted by a much larger one in the late 18th century, completed in 1792. The whole interior derives from this period. The frescoes on the ceiling show scenes from the life and martyrdom of St Symphorian, a very rare patron saint in this region. The church...more
The jester fountain shows Zell's unique Fastnacht traditions all year round. The four figures present the jester guild's four costume types: Bändlenarro, Spielkartennarro, Schneckehüslinarro, Welschkornnarro (from left to right).See the colourful and much prettier originals in my carnival travelogue.more
Since the early middle ages a picture of the Virgin Mary that had been found in a rose bush has been worshipped here. Pilgrims came from near and far. During the crusades, a blacksmith who was imprisoned in Arabia prayed to "Mary of the Rose" and was saved. When he returned he brought his chains into the church. In the 30 year war Protestant...more
Storchenturm (stork tower) is the only one of the medieval gate towers that survived the big fires around 1900. The tower has become Zell's landmark. The crest on the outer side (photo 2), dated 1462, refers to the town's status as free imperial city: it shows the black double-headed eagle, the coat of arms of the Holy Roman Empire. The tower is...more
Storchenturm (Stork Tower) is the focal point of Zell am Harmersbach. Behind it sits the rail station, and infront the town square and town hall. The tower has a lot of history for this town, being built in 1330 it was an important defensive element of the town. These defenses failed during the 60 year war when Swedish invaders defeated the...more
We attended the Gasthaus Adler as part of the "kneipe tour" of Zell am Harmersbach. The Gasthaus is a historic building, in the half timbered style which is very characteristic of the villiage. The interior too is quite atmospheric, but comfortable.
The food is good, and the chef is Bosnian, offering some specialities from her home country in addition to the local and Badische specialities you expect from a Black Forest restaurant.
Open daily 10.00 until 1.00, kitchen from 11:30 until 14:30 and 17:30 until 21:30
Zell can easily be reached by public transport: a line of the Ortenau S-Bahn from Offenburg runs up the Harmersbach valley.
Some trains run directly from Offenburg - attention, these are split in Biberach, one car continues to Hausach and the other to Zell and Oberharmersbach, so watch which one you board.
On other connections you have to change in Biberach. Don't worry about 3-minute-changes being tight, they are not. 3 minutes are plenty of time in the minuscule train station of Biberach (photo 2): It takes five seconds, with luggage ten, from track 7 to track 1.
Those two guys deserve an extra tip because they are so funny...Two former members of the jester council, Manfred Lehmann and Berthold Damm, moderate the parade from the stage in front of the town hall. They give some explanations about the jester guild, the year's motto, the groups in the parade and talk a lot of silly stuff to entertain the...more
Zell's jester guild has created unique jester types: Bändlenarro with a Häs made of coloured paper, Welschkornnarro with dry corn leaves, Spielkartennarro whose clothing is made from playing cards, and Schneckehüslinarro whose jacket, pants and hat are entirely covered in snail-shells. Pictures of them all in my travelogueIn addition to...more
The beginning of the Fastnacht celebrations is a goosebumping event. "Fasend", as it is called in local dialect, begins on Carnival Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Awakening of the Narro. The year before the Narro has been buried in the 'grave' at Storchenturm. Now his resurrection marks the beginning of the three festive days.The council of the jester...more
The Black Forest has beautiful scenery, and whilst Zell am Harmersbach isn`t the highest or most rugged region, it is one of the most Beautiful areas I`ve seen.
There are many routes available to take, all are relatively easy, even for a complete amateur like me, and have many hidden kneipe's where you can enjoy a delicious beer.