Kuppenheim — More Than Just A Black Forest Location

Sometimes it seems that all there is to see in a town are some churches, a Town Hall (called a Rathaus, in case you didn’t know), and maybe a castle if you’re lucky. This is partly the case in the town of Kuppenheim.

Yes, Kuppenheim has a church (St. Sebastian’s); and it’s a gorgeous one built in 1902 in a Neo-Gothic style. And the town has a charming Rathaus, built in 1730. Sorry, that’s the Old Town Hall — there’s also a new one that’s used for municipal purposes these days.

Oh, and Kuppenheim is home to a stunning castle. The manor was built in 1710, and is open to visitors from March to September (everyday 10am-6pm) and from 10am-5pm in October and November. Sorry, it’s closed the other months of the year.

I guess I was wrong when I said that was partly the case in Kuppenheim — it does have all these things.

What it also has is a Jewish Cemetery. Now that might not seem like a big deal to some, but Kuppenheim had a Jewish community as far back as the 15th century, but the town’s Jewish Cemetery (called Jüdischer Friedhof) didn’t exist until 1694.

There was a synagogue, but it was destroyed in 1938 — which pretty much signaled the end of six centuries of the community.

Kuppenheim also has parts of its medieval Stadtmauer, which was a defense wall that was meant to keep bad guys out & its residents safe inside.

Now, everyone is welcome (except the bad guys) to enjoy Kuppenheim’s Carnivals (held on the 1st weekend of May and October), and to see the fantastic artwork at the Bilderhalle Grochowiak (located at Rheinstraße 33) or the Kuppenheim Local History Museum (at Johann-Schaeuble-Straße 1).

Had enough of being indoors? Good, then it’s time to enjoy the Northern Black Forest nature park, or the well-marked cycling trails (some are only 7 or 8 kilometers long, so the whole family can enjoy them).

Sorry, I guess I should have mentioned Kuppenheim was located within the Black Forest in the beginning. But, then again, you might have tuned everything else out — and missed out on everything else Kuppenheim offers. ;-)

 

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