Edenkoben Things to Do

  • March 2012
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    Heilsbruck Cistercian Nunnery

    by Kathrin_E Updated Apr 9, 2012

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    The Cistercian nuns came to Edenkoben in 1262 and built their convent outside the town. The nunnery was closed down in 1560 after the Reformation. It is now a large winery.

    The church has long been torn down. Only a small stair tower is preserved. This tower and also the main building date from the 16th century.

    The complex is located on a small hill among vineyards on the edge of the town. The view is most impressive from the valley on the Southern side, by the road to Villa Ludwigshöhe. High walls surround it, but there is a driveway from Klostertraße past the entrance to the valley which is marked as part of a public sightseeing walk. The courtyard can be entered, more photos here.

    If you want to do a wine tasting, better contact the winery in advance. According to their website they do wine tastings in English, too.

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    Open Air Exhibition on Wine Making

    by Kathrin_E Updated Apr 7, 2012

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    The so-called "Open-Air Museum" shows old machines and tools that were used in wine making: wine presses, barrels, wagons, and such. The pieces have been put up otdoors among the vineyards. (Of course they are not in use any more.)

    The path by the road offers lovely views of the landscape, the hills covered in vines, the chain of the Palatinate Forest, the town and over to Hambacher Schloss and the spires of Speyer. There are some benches shaded by vines if you want to sit down, rest and enjoy. Even more pleasant if you carry a bottle of well-chilled Palatinate wine and some glasses with you, but don't forget the corkscrew. The pergola covered with vines about halfway must be the perfect place for some wine tasting.

    If you are lucky and if it is a sunny weekend, there might be a winery putting up a stall and some tables where you can treat yourselves to a glass of local produce...

    Location: West of the town along Villastraße, the road to Villa Ludwigshöhe
    Access is free and possible 24/7.

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    Where to Catch the Postcard View?

    by Kathrin_E Updated Apr 7, 2012

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    The "Postcard View" of Edenkoben, which you'll find on many postcards, shows the silhouette of the village with the two churches above vineyards. Only during my second visit I found the spot where this view can be taken: from Blücherstraße, the Southernmost street of the town.

    From the train station, follow the main road (Staatsstraße) South, seemingly away from the town, past some workshops and fields until you reach the end of a row of houses. Blücherstraße turns right there. After passing the houses the street leads through some vineyards to the Southern end of the town. There, in the vineyards, it runs on a hill and the view opens up, as shown in the photos.

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    Rietburgbahn - Chairlift to Rietburg Ruin

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 30, 2011

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    Of course Edenkoben has its castle ruin, Rietburg on the mountain top above Villa Ludwigshöhe. There is not much left of the castle, the greatest attraction is the view of the Rhine Plain. The easiest way to reach the top is the chairlift which departs just behind Villa Ludwigshöhe.

    There is also a hiking trail which zigzags up the slope underneath the chairlift. Walking time is approximately 45 minutes.

    I have to admit that nothing and no one would persuade me to ever use that chairlift because I'm scared of heights and would panic in that thing. In other words, I did not go. But I want to mention it here because readers might be interested and because mine is so far the only page about Edenkoben on VT.

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    Friedensdenkmal - Peace Monument

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 30, 2011

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    The monument on the slope of Werderberg was erected in 1899 to commemorate the victory of Germany over France in the war of 1870/71 which lead to the foundation of the German Empire. Originally it was a victory monument.

    In 1969 the monument was adapted to more modern views about war and its consequences: The sword was taken from the hand of the rider and substituted by a palm twig, and the monument was renamed Friedensdenkmal (Peace Monument).

    The platform in front of the monument overlooks the Rhine plain and offers a great view.

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    Schafsplatz

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 30, 2011

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    Schafsplatz with new canal
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    The square in the town centre has only recently been redesigned. Google Earth still shows it as a construction site (checked in October 2011), so this must be really new. The small stream that runs through the town has been turned into a canal with sandstone walls and a rocky river bed. Wide sandstone steps lead down to the water, a place to sit in the sun and relax, for example with an icecream. The nearest icecream place is a few steps away in the pedestrian street.

    Weinstraße, the Wine Road, runs right through here. The Western part of the square is surrounded by a number of elegant 19th century villas, now seat of administration offices, a bank and lawyer's studios, and one is a B&B. The large baroque building on the Eastern side is still under refurbishment, I wonder what its purpose is going to be.

    The name of the square is referred to in the fountain on the corner of Tanzstraße: a shepherd couple carrying lambs. Two stone pumpkins provide the water (what's the connection between sheep and pumpkin?) - anyway, the fountain is cute, but easily missed because it is placed in a shady corner.

    Tanzstraße is pedestrianized and the shopping street of the town. Okay Edenkoben is a very small town!

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    The Vineyard in the Middle of the Town, and Pädel

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 29, 2011

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    Edenkoben has, sort of, grown around this vineyard which is now in the middle of the town. It is located on the slope of the hill with the old town and the two churches, it used to be on the edge of the twon. The newer quarters towards the railway line along Bahnhofstraße and Luitpoldstraße are now enclosing it.

    There are some nice photo options around this vineyard with the silhouette of the two churches. The vineyards are fenced off, though.
    A couple of footpaths lead through this area. In best Palatinate dialect these paths are named Pädel, which can be translated as "little paths". They abbreviate the walk from the station into town notably, look for the signs.

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    Lederstrumpfbrunnen - Leatherstocking Fountain

    by Kathrin_E Updated Oct 29, 2011

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    Max Slevogt the illustrator
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    Wild West in a Palatinate wine town ? What is the connection between F. J. Cooper's Leatherstocking tales and Edenkoben?
    One of the models that Cooper used for the hero of the stories, the trapper Natty Bumppo, is said to have been a certain Johann Adam Hartmann who had emigrated from Edenkoben to America in 1764.

    The sculptor Gernot Rumpf created the Leatherstocking fountain in 1987-1990. It shows the trapper with his dog and gun and some hunted fowl. His native friend and companion, the Mohican Chingachgook, is sitting by the fountain together with a beaver couple. The painter on the other side of the fountain is taking a portrait of Leatherstocking in the forest; he is Max Slevogt, who did the illustrations for the German edition of the Lederstrumpf series.

    Location: In the square corner Weinstraße/Luitpoldstraße, in front of Kurpfalzsaal, in the centre of the town

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    Chestnut Forest

    by Kathrin_E Updated Oct 27, 2011

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    Sweet chestnut trees are common on the lower slopes of the Palatinate Forest. This tree is not a native to the area but has become a wild tree around here. It likes the mild climate of the wine region.

    Around Villa Ludwigshöhe, for example, there is a large chestnut forest. Ludwig I had hundreds of them planted around his summer villa, and the species spread further into the forests. They are beaituful trees with their wavy long leaves that grow in star-like patterns, and the light green spikeballs that contain the chestnuts. Be careful if you pick a fallen 'hedgehog' from the ground, they may look fluffy but they are rather pricky.

    Dishes with sweet chestnuts (Keschte, Maroni) can be found on the menus of many restaurants in Palatine, especially in autumn when it's the season.

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    Ludwigsplatz

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 27, 2011

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    Ludwigsplatz is the central square of the old town. Such a square can be expected to be the town's "market square", but Edenkoben has renamed it after the popular Bavarian King Ludwig I, the builder and owner of Villa Ludwigshöhe. His statue, a work by the sculptor Philipp Perron from Munich, has been put up in the square in 1890. The inscription quotes his motte, "Just and persistent".

    The most prominent building in the square is the baroque protestant church. Around it there are aa couple of inns and some nice old houses. The fountain in front of the church is neogothic, i.e. from the 2nd half of the 19th century.

    The square is used as a parking lot. It could be the pretty 'living room' of the town if the cars were banned...

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    Typical Vintners' Houses

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 27, 2011

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    Winery in Klosterstra��e
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    The typical houses of Edenkoben all follow the same pattern. The residential houses are lined up with their gables towards the streets. Next to each house there is a courtyard, closed off from the street by a high wall with a large arched gate, big enough for a loaded farm wagon. Some of these arches have inscriptions with dates, names or initials of the builders. The economy buildings are in the back of the courtyard.

    They all used to be wineries and farms. Nowadays many have become just residential houses of people who work elsewhere, but there are still several wineries among them.

    There are still a lot of houses from the 16th to 18th century in the town. Klosterstraße has the finest ensemble. The upper part of Bahnhofstraße is also a good address.

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    Former Catholic Church of St Nepomuk

    by Kathrin_E Updated Oct 27, 2011

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    The catholic community started building their church when the protestants just finished theirs, in 1740. It was dedicated to Saint John Nepomuk, his statue can still be seen on the streetside gable. It served as parish church until the much larger new church was finished in 1890, a few metres down the street. The old church was turned into a nunnery. The nuns ran a kindergarten and a crafts school for girls. Nowadays the building serves as parish centre and library. The choir, which still has its tall windows, contains a chapel. The restb has been divided into two storeys with smaller rectangular windows.

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    Two Churches

    by Kathrin_E Written Oct 27, 2011

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    Like many villages and towns in biconfessional Palatine, Edenkoben has two churches, one protestant, one catholic. The two steeples are the landmarks in the 'skyline' of the town.

    The protestant church is the older of the two. The steeple is of medieval origins, the rectangular nave was built in 1739/40. As it is common for protestant churches, it was closed. Unfortunately, because I was interested most in this one. Must make an appointment next time.

    The catholic church of St Ludwig is open in the daytime. It is a neogothic hall church, built in 1888-1890. Previously the catholic community had used the small church of St Nepomuk in the same street, now the parish centre.

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    Villa Ludwigshöhe Palace

    by Kathrin_E Updated Aug 21, 2011

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    Villa Ludwigshöhe is located on the slope of the Palatinate Forest, not very high up but high enough to offer a wide view of the Rhine plain and the Palatinate vineyards. The palace is a villa in neoclassical style. It was built around 1950 as a summer palace for the Bavarian King Ludwig I (not the one who built Neuschwanstein but his grandfather and precedessor). In the 19th century the part of Palatine on the left bank of the Rhine belonged to Bavaria. Ludwig wanted a summer residence in a landscape that reminded him of Italy and in the place with the mildest climate of his country. He chose Edenkoben. His court architect Friedrich Wilhelm von Gärtner designed the villa in 1846. It is a holiday home. In every second summer Ludwig spent a couple of weeks here.

    The historical rooms can only be visited with guided tours. Tours start every full hour. (I cannot tell if they do tours in English, sorry.) The interior is well worth seeing. The first stop is the kitchen, which was equipped with the most modern standards of those times. No electricity yet, but the large hearth and the system of ovens, water heater, a box to warm the plates, etc. is impressive. The most beautiful room is the main hall with murals in Pompeian style, copied after the model of the Casa dei Dioscuri. The rooms of King and Queen on the upper floor also have neoclassical murals, and the most beautiful landscape view.

    The villa also hosts an art gallery with works by Max Slevogt, one of the best known German impressionists. The Slevogt family owned an estate in a nearby village and Max often stayed there to paint. Otherwise he lived in Munich, and he was very close with King Ludwig I. whom he portrayed several times. Hence this is a befitting location for his works.

    Opening hours: Oct-Nov and Jan-March 9.00-17.00, Apr-Sep 9.00-18.00
    Closed on the first workday of the week and in December
    Entrance fee: 6 € including guided tour of the historical rooms and visit to the Slevogt gallery

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