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Pforzheim Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 141 photos

A Short Stay

During my stay in Germany as a German teacher at a country study seminar my colleagues and I made a day's trip to Pforzheim to get know this city a little.
The city is known as the Gateway to the Black Forest.

It stands on the confluence of three rivers: the Enz, the Nagold and the Kleiner Wurm.

"Gateway to the Black Forest"

It was the Romans who first appreciated the favorable location of the city, settled there and gave the settlement the name of Portus - "gateway".
The city is also the birthplace of the great humanist Johannes Reuchlin.

Fully Restored

Although the city was totally destroyed in the last war, it was fully restored and now looks quite modern and beautiful.

The town's long history can only be observed in the ancient castle and the monastery church of St.Michael dating back to the 13th century and a few other remnants.

It was interesting to walk downtown and to visit the city museum of gold.
I hope to make another trip to that city in the future.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:clean streets, a great museum and affable people
  • Cons:too much to see in one day...
  • In a nutshell:Wonderful combination of the old and the modern
  • Last visit to Pforzheim: Apr 2001
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Victory, lovely little page about your explorations of Pforzheim back in 2001. Your page even has a well deserved pioneer badge.

    • hunterV's Profile Photo
      Nov 7, 2015 at 10:48 PM

      Holger, it was a spontaneous trip and we enjoyed it a lot....

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    The Jewellery museum sounds interesting

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    enjoyed your tips about Pferzheim. That name sounds familiar, but I've never read anything about it until now.

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    It reads as if you had a nice trip to this area, and would return I am sure.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Thanks for the tips on this town. A friend is researching ancestors from this area, Sorry to be absent from VT so much lately. Hope to see more of you soon.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Lots of gold in this place! Norman :)

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    not a city i know - so thanks for the introduction

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2008 at 12:46 PM

    Interesting tips on Pforzheim. I think I would like the jewellery museum.

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2008 at 5:09 AM

    Pforzheim and Freiburg - it looks like you experienced all of the Black Forest, from the North to the South.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2007 at 5:08 PM

    Yes, I remember the traffic jams from the bad old days when I had to travel by automobile. Last September I went to Pforzheim by train, and it was MUCH better.


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