Gerlingen — Famous Residents And Odd Museums

Those coming to Gerlingen usually have a purpose other than tourism, but while they are there decide to see the sites.

Don’t worry, like every German city, this one also has a city museum, but in addition a special, never anywhere else in Germany type of a museum — the Museum of Germans from Hungary. If you are a German of Hungarian descent (or just Hungarian), you might find this museum to fill you in on all the details of how so many Hungarians wound up in Germany.

Up until a couple of decades ago, Gerlingen had its own castle, but since the city lines were redrawn it now belongs to the neighboring city of Stuttgart. The Solitude Castle is a nice place to visit, even though it technically isn’t part of the city anymore. Built in 1763, it is one of those castles that actually looks like a castle.

Another interesting place is the Rebmannhaus, which is a literature museum that is named after Johannes Rebmann. Not only is there a Missionary Lounge, but other interesting rooms in this museum in a house.

Did you know that Friedrich von Schiller, one of the most famous German writers from the 18th century, lived in Gerlingen? Although he only lived here for three years with his family, you can bet that the city left a big impression on him. There is a fountain in the Church Street that is named after him, reminding the residents of the famous former resident.

Want to go even further back in time to find more famous residents of Gerlingen? Well, the Romans lived and ruled this area, and there are tons of archaeological artifacts (and perhaps even active sites) that show just what they were up to. There is even evidence that the Romans had heated floors, so that there feet wouldn’t get cold in the winter.

 

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