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October 28, 2019

Southern Germany in 1960 Through Wonderful Color Photographs

Southern Germany as a region has no exact boundary but is generally taken to include the areas in which Upper German dialects are spoken. That corresponds roughly to the historical stem duchies of Bavaria and Swabia or, in a modern context, to Bavaria and Baden-W├╝rttemberg within the Federal Republic of Germany, to the exclusion of the areas of the modern states of Austria and Switzerland.

Southern Germany in 1960

The Saarland and the southern parts of Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate are sometimes included as well and correspond to the historical Franconia.

Alsace, German-speaking Switzerland, Austria, Liechtenstein and South Tyrol are now not considered as part of Southern Germany but historically, culturally and linguistically, they are related to Southern Germany in many ways.

These wonderful color photos of Southern Germany were taken by Roger W from January-July in 1960 when he was stationed in Heilbronn in the U.S. Army, from December 1959 to the end of July 1960.

Bad Wimpfen from Blauer Turm

Bad Wimpfen. Blauer Turm, the Blue Tower, part of the Kaiserpfalz (Emperor's palace), was built around 1200

Bad Wimpfen. Half-timbered houses, a city gate, and the Blue Tower at left

Bad Wimpfen. Roter Turm, the Red Tower was also part of the Kaiserpfalz (Emperor's palace) in Bad Wimpfen. It was built sometime around 1200

Bad Wimpfen. The Kaiserpfalz was built by the Hohenstaufen Emperors in the 12th century

Bavarian farmhouse

Bebenhausen. Schloss

Beilstein. Rathaus

Burg Hornberg

Comburg Abbey, outside Schwäbisch Hall

Gundelsheim from Bundesstrasse 37, near the station, showing Schloss Horneck

Gundelsheim from Neckar River Lock

Gundelsheim, a small city on the Neckar River, 20 km (12 miles) north of Heilbronn

Heidelberg Castle from the terrace

Heidelberg Castle. Ottheinrichsbau, one of the main buildings in the courtyard, built by Prince-Elector Otto Heinrich in the 1550s

Heidelberg from castle. The Neckar River is in the background

Heilbronn. A V 60 diesel locomotive is moving an old two-axle freight car in the Heilbronn station yard

Heilbronn. Badenerhof Kaserne

Heilbronn. The Harmonie

Hornberg from Burg Guttenberg

Karlsruhe. Schloss (Not yet rebuilt). The two wings of the palace in Karlsruhe had not yet been rebuilt after damage in World War II

Karlsruhe. The former palace of the Grand Dukes of Baden, now a city building

Langenburg. A city gate in Langenburg, east of Heilbronn, topped by a half-timbered house

Limes near Öhringen


Ludwigsburg Palace at the height of the "Blühendes Barock" (blooming baroque) season

Ludwigsburg. Schloss Favorite, a house built by Eberhard Ludwig, Duke of Württemberg, for his mistress

Ludwigsburg. Schloss

Ludwigsburg. South Garden. Some of the 500,000 tulips at Ludwigsburg Palace

Mosbach. Marktplatz

Mosbach. Rathaus and fountain

Öhringen. Altstadt (Old City)

Rothenburg. "Meistertrunk"

Rothenburg. Rathaus, the main building of Rothenburg's city hall was built in the 1570s

Rothenburg's skyline from the Tauber River valley. The famous "double bridge" is in the foreground. It was built around 1330

Schloss Lichtenstein

Schloss Zwingenberg

Schwäbisch Hall and the Kocher River from near the railroad station

Schwäbisch Hall. Half-timbered Houses

Schwäbisch Hall. Houses on Kocher River

Schwäbisch Hall. Kocher River

The Ammer River, seen from a highway bridge on the way to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The Zugspitzbahn, at the Eibsee station near the base of the Zugspitze

The Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain (2,962 m, 9,715 ft) from the Eibsee

The Zugspitze. Münchnerhaus and Alps

Untergruppenbach. Burg Stettenfels

View of the Alps (at least, the beginning of the Alps), near Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Waldenburg. A small house with spring flowers

Waldenburg. The Evangelical (Lutheran) church

Weinsberg. Ruined Weibertreu


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