"Jumping in Bretten" Bretten by Nemorino
Bretten Travel Guide: 45 reviews and 179 photos
After forty years in Germany I thought I knew my way around fairly well, especially since my business travel used to get me into some rather obscure places.
But when we were sitting in the S4 tram-train and I asked Bernd_L where we were going, his answer didn't mean a thing to me. Bretten? Never heard of it.
Bretten turns out to be a town of 28,000 people located roughly 26 km east of Karlsruhe, 20 km north of Pforzheim, 47 km northwest of Stuttgart und 40 km west of Heilbronn.
It has some picturesque half-timbered houses and a Christmas Market, and was the birthplace of Philipp Melanchthon (1497-1560), a humanist, university professor and religious reformer who was a friend and colleague of Martin Luther's.
If "Melanchthon" doesn't sound like a particularly German name, don't worry, it isn't. His name was originally Schwarzerdt, which in the German of that era meant "black soil", but when he was a twelve-year-old schoolboy he was so good at Latin and ancient Greek that his uncle, the humanist Johannes Reuchlin, decided he should have a Greek name and called him Melanchthon, which means black soil in Greek.
Today Bretten likes to describe itself as "The Melanchthon City", even though Melanchthon himself moved away (to Pforzheim) when he was eleven.
The main street of Bretten is now called Melanchthonstraße, and there is also a Melanchthon School and a Melanchthon House and Museum at the site of his birth house, though the original house burned down along with most of the town in the great fire of 1689.
Our excursion from Karlsruhe to Bretten was part of the 6th Annual International VT Glühwein Meeting in December 2009. This was truly an international meeting, with VirtualTourist members from England, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.
Of course as VT members we took a lot of photos. Here Isa (Belsaita) is taking a picture of the Simmelturm, otherwise known as the leaning tower of Bretten.
The lead photo on this page, which shows me jumping at the Christmas Market in Bretten, was taken -- on the first try! -- by Mariel (marielexoteria), who also took jumping photos of Isa and Natalie (nhcram) and sent them all to jumpingnorman for inclusion in his huge collection of VT jumping photos.
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