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Gengenbach
Coat of arms of Gengenbach
Gengenbach is located in Germany
Gengenbach
Coordinates 48°24′15″N 08°00′55″E / 48.40417°N 8.01528°E / 48.40417; 8.01528
Administration
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Freiburg
District Ortenaukreis
Mayor Michael Roschach
Basic statistics
Area 61.91 km2 (23.90 sq mi)
Elevation 175 m  (574 ft)
Population 11,127  (31 December 2006)
 - Density 180 /km2 (465 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate OG
Postal code 77723
Area code 07803
Website www.stadt-gengenbach.de

Gengenbach is a town in the district of Ortenau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany and a popular tourist destination on the western edge of the Black Forest with about 11,000 inhabitants. Gengenbach is well known for its traditional Swabian-Alemanic "fasnacht", ("Fasend"), a kind of historically influenced celebration of carnival, where tradition is followed, from wearing costumes with carved wooden masks to clapping with a "Ratsche" (a traditional-classic wooden "sound-producing" toy). Gengenbach also boasts a picturesque, traditional, medieval town centre ("Altstadt"). The traditional town Gengenbach is the proud owner of the world's biggest advent calendar. The 24 windows of the 18th century town hall represent the 24 "windows" of an Advent calendar. The town also hosts a department of the University of Applied Science of Offenburg. The nearest cities in the region are Freiburg, Karlsruhe, Baden-Baden and Strasbourg/France. Gengenbach is twinned with the town of Obernai, Alsace, France.

History

Gengenbach was founded in the 13th century and became an Imperial Free City in 1360.

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Gengenbach [1] is an historic town delightfully set in the Kinzigtal of the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) and boasting romantic half timbered houses in narrow streets in the style of the Romantic Road (Romantischestrasse). The city is an important link in the Baden-Württemberg German Wine Route (Weinstrasse). A TV documentary referred to Gengenbach as a “pearl among the Black Forest towns”

Understand

The region was settled by the Celts in pre-Christian times and names, such as Kinzig, are reminders of that age. Germanic tribes who followed the Celts were driven out of the area by the Romans who settled Gengenbach from 73 AD until 260 AD. To this day remnants of the Roman era include a richly decorated votive column, coins, and a brick oven opened to the public in 1974. The most important Roman road from Strasbourg to Rottweil passed through Gengenbach and the town was declared a Free City by the Romans.

Drink

People know how to enjoy life where wine is grown and Gengenbach has been no exception for ages. A mild climate protects the vineyards, and the many hours of sunshine result in the production of outstanding wines.

Over 1'000 years ago, Benedictine monks planted the first vines and today, high quality wines are still grown - Riesling, Müller-Thurgau, Grauburgunder, Weissherbst, Spätburgunder red etc.

Get out

The Black Forest Mountain Route is close (30 km) whilst Baden-Baden is 45 km away, Europa Park leisure park at Rust (40 km), Freiburg-im-Breisgau (55 km) and across in France the Alsace Wine Route (30 km), Strasbourg (30 km). Lake Constance on the Swiss border is 150 km to the South.

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