Situated between the woods and vineyards on the edge of the Black Forest lies this stunning town famed for colorful architecture and fascinating history.
Stroll through the cobbled streets of Gengenbach to step back into Germany’s past. The geometric beams of its half-timbered houses and its distinctive church spires make the town look like the setting of an old folk tale.
Gengenbach has been the home of Celts, Romans and medieval abbots, though most of the town was burnt to the ground towards the end of the 17th century during a war with France. Visit the town today and learn about how the town recovered from that devastation, later flourishing as a hub for local craftspeople.
Wander around the Old Town (Altstadt) to enjoy the historical atmosphere. Pass sights such as the Röhrbrunnen, an iconic fountain depicting a knight, and the steep orange spire of the Kinzig Gate Tower. Search for the remains of the old fortifications, which circle the town.
Surround yourself with picturesque buildings on Engelgasse (Angel Alley). This pedestrianized street is one of the best places in the city to see the half-timbered houses that typify the old-world architecture of the region.
Explore the elegant 18th-century Town Hall, one of the most famous buildings in Gengenbach. The 24 windows of the symmetrical pink façade are turned into a giant advent calendar every December. Come in winter to experience the festive spirit of Germany’s famous Christmas markets.
Learn about different aspects of Gengenbach’s history in the town’s museums and heritage sites. Admire the Baroque designs of Gengenbach Abbey and St. Mary’s Church, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the area. The Timber Rafting and Transport Museum shows how the Kinzig River brought trade to the region.
Gengenbach is located in the Central Black Forest region. Trains run here from larger towns such as Offenburg, which has intercity connections to the rest of Germany. Once here, leave all transport behind and explore on foot to move at your own pace along the town’s pretty streets and alleyways.