Bad Bergzabern Things to Do
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Gasthaus zum Engel, the "Angel Inn", is one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings of the entire region. It was built in the 1570s as office and residence of the local representant of the government, the civil servant of Pfalz-Zweibrücken. The two oriels of the facade are decorated with elaborate stonemason ornaments as are typical for the second half of the 16th century.
The open gate leads to the courtyard in the back. The restaurant has some tables out in the courtyard, which provide a pleasant option for a pit stop, especially in summer when it will be shady and cool here. But even if you don't want to use the restaurant, don't miss a look into the courtyard.
I had coffee and cake there which must be described as okay but hardly above average (hence no retaurant tip). But the nice seating made up for that. Can't tell about the restaurant food, might be worth trying. Local wines are on the menu in abundance.
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The main protestant parish church in market square - thus namend Marktkirche - hat its origins in the middle ages. The building has been changed and refurbished several times in the run of the centuries, hence there isn't much original medieval architecture in it.
Nevertheless the building is impressive and a significant landmark in townscape, especially the tall bell tower. The freestanding tower is older than the church itself. Originally it was a watchtower in the town wall that was enlarged and used as the church's steeple in the 14th century. The curved top is an addition of the 18th century.
The church is open in the daytime but you can only have a glimpse through the glass 'cage' behind the main door, not actually walk in. Access is from the passageway in the west.Related to:
- Religious Travel
- Historical Travel
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Many signs of shops and inns are elaborate wrought-iron constructions. Some are really old or in old style, others modern and a bit weird (I should have taken a photo of that hairdresser's one!) This type of shop signs exists in many other German towns but here in Bergzabern I saw an extraordinary number and variety of them. Watch out for them when walking the streets of the town centre.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
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Bad Bergzabern Transportation
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Bad Bergzabern is part of the KVV network. KVV tariff applies. It even has its own train line. Getting here from Karlsruhe or Landau requires a change in Winden(Pfalz). From Winden a side railway leads to Bad Bergzabern. This railway line is short with only two stops in between. There is one single train running that commutes to and fro hourly.
Changing times in Winden may look scary because it's just a couple of minutes but this is no problem. These trains are interconnected and wait for each other unless there are major delays somewhere, and the station is small. You hop off one train and onto the other.
From Bad Bergzabern there is also a bus line along the Wine Road via Schweigen over the French border to Wissembourg.Related to: