The Weekend in Black and White (10/2019) – Bad Urach

My con­tri­bu­tion for The Week­end in Black and white.

#1 Mar­ket­place of Bad Urach

Some infor­ma­tion about this small village:


Bad Urach is a town in the dis­trict of Reut­lin­gen, Baden-Würt­tem­berg, Ger­many. It is sit­u­at­ed 14 km east of Reut­lin­gen, at the foot of the Swabi­an Alb (or Swabi­an Alps in Eng­lish), and is known for its spa and ther­a­peu­tic bath.

His­to­ry:
In the ear­ly Stone Age, the Alb was already pop­u­lat­ed, and sev­er­al caves in the area show evi­dence that they pro­vid­ed shel­ter for the inhabitants.

Dur­ing the Ale­man­ni peri­od Bad Urach had an impor­tant cas­tle. Owing to its prime loca­tion on a hill over­look­ing the Erms Val­ley, Hohenu­rach Cas­tle was built around 1025. In the Mid­dle Ages Bad Urach (at that time only known as Urach) became a cen­tre of pow­er. The cas­tle became a state prison in the late Mid­dle Ages; the poet Philipp Nikode­mus Frischlin died while try­ing to escape over its walls in 1590. In the 18th cen­tu­ry, the fortress was razed to the ground by the citizenry.

Around 1260 Urach became part of Würt­tem­berg. Near­ly 100 years lat­er, at the time when Würt­tem­berg was divid­ed, the south­ern part of the region was gov­erned from Urach, the so-called “secret cap­i­tal”, which was the res­i­den­tial home of the Dukes of Würt­tem­berg from 1442 until 1482. Count Eber­hard the Beard­ed was born here in 1445 and returned there fre­quent­ly through­out his life. Over the next sev­er­al cen­turies, the town pros­pered and became a cen­tre for weav­ing. It escaped seri­ous dam­age dur­ing any wars and so remains in excel­lent his­tor­i­cal condition.

In 1867 a cousin of the king of Würt­tem­berg was cre­at­ed Duke of Urach, but lived 21 kilo­me­tres (13 mi) away at Licht­en­stein Castle.

Since 1985 the town has been a nation­al­ly rec­og­nized spa town.

Kam­era: Sony A7r
Objek­tiv: #271 Exak­tar Auto f2.8 35mm M42

Aufrufe: 493

10 Anmerkungen zu “The Weekend in Black and White (10/2019) – Bad Urach”

    1. Hal­lo Jutta,

      Fach­w­erkhäuser sind immer foto­gen. Quedlin­burg soll “die” Fach­w­erk­stadt sein. Vielle­icht fahre ich dieses Jahr mal dort hin.

      LG Bern­hard

  1. Oh schön! Diese alten Häuser sind wie geschaf­fen um sie nach s/w zu kon­vertieren! Es unter­stre­icht den Flair des Mark­t­platzes — über den ich auch gern mal laufen würde…

    Her­zlichst, Nina

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