Murrhardt - Frome's German Twin Town

 

   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Our German twin town is situated between the city of Stuttgart and the historic town of Schwäbish Hall in the region of Baden-Württemburg, in the heart of the Swabian-Franconian Forest.The first settlement grew up at a border fort in Roman times, in about 145-260 AD. The upper Germanic 'Limes' (Roman wall) - still visible today - ran as straight as a die through Murrhardt's fields and meadows. Through the Middle Ages, following the fall of the Limes and the coming of Germanic tribes of the Alemannians and the Franks, Murrhardt developed into an important ecclesiastical centre and market town. Today the town has a population of more than 16,000 having amalgamated many of the neighbouring villages and communities after municipal reform.
 Taking its name from the Murr, which rises from its source in the valley, Murrhardt is a well-developed town. Attractive, modern residential areas and a picturesque town centre with its wonderful 'Fachwerkhäuser' or half-timbered houses, provide a balance between old and new. Walking through the centre from the pedestrian precinct, passing the many shops and street
cafés, takes you to the old market place where you will find the 450-year-old Engel Guesthouse and the dominant town hall. Many small streets run from here, where one can marvel at the beautifully decorated and maintained houses.                                                                                                                      
                                 
 

Not far from the centre, one can also find the 9th century Cloisters with the Old Abbey and the magnificent Walterich Chapel. One can also see the beautiful art nouveau Villa Franck perched high on the hillside, watching over the town. Nearby lies the charming village of Fornsbach and the peaceful beauty of the Waldsee woodside lake and breathtaking views across the Upper Murr Valley.There are a healthy number of sporting and recreational clubs, der Landjugend or country youth organisation, which celebrates and enjoys traditional dancing, costume and handicrafts, many art collections including works by Heinrich von Zügel in addition to being home to an international piano academy.Still vitally important to its economy and townspeople, the weekly market is still held every Friday in the centre of town, where farmers from around the area sell their produce. Other economic pillars in the region besides agriculture include forestry and the woodworking industry. During the second half of the last century many other industries were attracted to the area including precision engineering, printing and computer firms.

Regular festivals include:

Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas market)

Karneval (Carnival parade)

The May Dance

Stadtlauf (series of running events including a 10km race)

Lichterfest (Light festival, midsummer romantic illuminations)

Sommerpalast (cultural showcase for the region

A friendly and warm town in a wonderful setting, Murrhardt and the local area offer many opportunities for excursions and recreation whatever the season, whether enjoying the stunning woodland surroundings with their hiking trails in spring or summer, or the cross-country skiing and the winter wonderland scenery at Christmas time.

For further information please contact Stadt Murrhardt, Rathaus ,Marktplatz 10, 71540 Murrhardt or visit the website







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