Tour of Pfullingen

Join me on a brief tour of Pfullingen. By clicking on the thumbnail pictures you can download a full JPEG version between 50 and 110 KB.

View of Pfullingen from west. This picture shows how Pfullingen occupies the exit of the Echaz river valley. It was taken from the western side of the valley looking towards the east.

View of Pfullingen from south. The Swabian Jura is behind your back in this view. The isolated mountains are Georgenberg ('Mt. George') to the left and Achalm to the right. Both mountains are remnants which withstood the erosion of the Swabian Jura which originally extended much further to the north. Georgenberg consists of solidified magma which got stuck inside an ancient volcano, so there is no danger of a present eruption... The city in the background between the two mountains is neighboring Reutlingen.

City halls of Pfullingen. The two city halls of Pfullingen, on Market Square in the center of the town, date back at least half a millenium. Town privileges were granted in 1699, raising Pfullingen from the state of a village. The town center features a pedestrian zone and was completely remodeled in the 1980s, for which Pfullingen won several state and national prizes.

Church St. Martin. The main (protestant) church St. Martin is located opposite to the city halls on Market Square. It was finished in the 15th century, but excavations inside the church found evidence for several predecessors back to the 6th century.

Former monastery church. This church is the only major remnant of the former nunnery of Pfullingen which was founded in 1252 and destroyed partially in 1539. Inside, it features unique mural paintings from the 13th century which are preserved so well that they weren't in need of restoration. The building is now used for concerts and art exhibitions.

The castle. The castle was sold by local noblemen to count Eberhard im Bart ('Eberhard in the beard' - that's not a misspelling, it's indeed 'in the beard'! He must have had a really big beard...) of Württemberg in 1487. Count Eberhard used it as a hunting seat, and it now houses a kindergarten and the local music school. The little boy in front of it is me some three decades ago.

The Schlößle ('little castle'). The Schlößle was a servant's building for the nearby castle and dates from the same period of time. It is now used as the museum for municipal and local history displaying artifacts from two millenia.

The Pfullingen Halls. The Pfullingen Halls on the outskirts of the city were the gift of Louis Laiblin (1861-1927), an entrepreneur who became rich through his paper-mills in Pfullingen. The Halls are a combination of a concert hall and a gymnasium and are at the center of cultural live in Pfullingen. Finished in 1907, the Halls contain unique Art Nouveau mural paintings by south German artists inside.

The Klostersee ('monastery lake') housing estate. Built on the area of a former weaving-mill near the center of Pfullingen in the 1980s, the Klostersee housing estate features an artifical lake formed by damming up one of the many branches of the Echaz river which flow through the city.

Acknowledgements: Thanks to my dad Wilhelm Götz for sending over the prints and to Paul Mende for scanning them so nicely.

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