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Gengenbach Advent Calendar

Every December, Gengenbach rekindles childhood memories of opening tiny windows when the Rathaus morphs into the world’s biggest Advent calendar. At 6pm daily, one of 24 windows is opened to reveal a festive scene. …
Square in Gengenbach

Marktplatz

Between the town’s two tower-topped gates sits the triangular Marktplatz, dominated by the Rathaus, an 18th-century pink-and-cream confection. The fountain bears a statue of a knight, a symbol of Gengenbach’s mediev…
German in Gengenbach

Zum Turm

Behind a pretty half-timbered facade, Zum Turm attracts a faithful crowd for the great beer on tap and by the bottle (including local Alpirsbacher brews), the warm, woody atmosphere and the menu of no-nonsense grub …
German in Gengenbach

Gasthof Hirsch

This is a warm, woody tavern in the old-school mould, with black-and-white photos on the walls, soft lamplight and cheek-by-jowl tables. The kitchen reels out Badisch and Swabian soul food, from spinach Knödel (dump…
Street in Gengenbach

Engelgasse

The best way to discover Gengenbach’s historical centre is with a serendipitous mooch through its narrow backstreets, such as the gently curving Engelgasse, off Hauptstrasse, lined with listed half-timbered, shutter…
Food in Gengenbach

Klostermühle Gengenbach

Opposite the Benedictine monastery, Klostermühle has been filling the lanes of the Altstadt with the comforting aroma of freshly baked spelt loaves from its wood-fired oven since 1485. When you see the old watermill…
Monastery in Gengenbach

Kloster Gengenbach

Amble along Klosterstrasse to check out the former Benedictine monastery. A calm Kräutergarten (herb garden), stippled with fragrant and medicinal herbs, can be visited behind its walls.