Travel to the Black Forest
Day 7 Gengenbach
(in 84 Km.) Gengenbach: It is a small city of about 11,000 inhabitants. It is located in southern Germany, at the edge of the Black Forest, in the District of Ortenau, Baden-Wurtemberg. Her beauty, typical of villages in southern Germany, has been the reason whereby the city was chosen as background for several films, as for example, Tim Burton´s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Gengenbach - Ayuntamiento
We started our tour through Kinzigtor, the main gate of the village next to the river Kinzig. It is a defense tower of the thirteenth century located on the wall. It was restored in 1991 and now houses a museum. We walked down the street Hauptstrasse to the Town Hall Square in the center of which we find the source The Röhrbrunnen.
The traditional town Gengenbach is the proud owner of the world´s biggest advent calendar. The 24 windows of the 18th century town hall represent the 24 "windows" of an Advent calendar. On the triangular gable of the facade of a sort of transition style from the Rococo to the beginning of the Classicism, we find the figures of Justitia and Prudentia, crowned by a powerful eagle carrying the town’s coat of arms.
Gengenbach - Engelgasse
We continue advancing along Hauptstrasse, until turning right onto the street Engelgasse (Angel Alley). We entered in a neighborhood of the old city, known for its half-timbered houses decorated with lots of flowers and plants, paved streets, wells, etc. For us this was the most beautiful corner of the city. It also highlights the parallel Höllengasse street (Hell Alley). We continue towards Kretz-Victor-Straße.
Gengenbach - Stadtkirche St.Marien
In this main street we see the Tower of the Upper Gate, also called the Haigeracher Torturm. We see a solar clock and the Gengenbach’s coat of arms from the year 1618 on the side facing toward the town. After that we go towards the church of St. Mary, with a baroque tower, and former Benedictine monastery. We leave the city by the Benedikt-von-Nursia-Straße, where we saw a wood mill and the town’s fortifications.