Pforzheim is one of the most illustrious cities in Germany with a history that goes back to Roman days when it was known as Portus. The city is filled with rich heritage showcased at museums, workshops, and a glitzy mall with an entrance made of gold. When you are in Pforzheim, these are the places that you should not miss.
Gasometers contain the artworks of the Viennese artist Yadegar Asisi who became famous for making the largest 360 panorama paintings in the world. Each painting 32 metres high with more than 100 meters of circumference, the gasometers are the only places where through could be exhibited. Pforzheim is the latest city to covert a gasometer for Asisi’s panoramas.
The grand Jollmar & Jourdan-Haus holds a technical museum for the watch and jewellery industry. The museum first opened in 1979 when many jewellery factories were closing so it could safeguard the design techniques for the future industrial age. There are a total of 18 stations where you can see every step of jewellery making with the tools that are required to make them.
This museum is all about jewellery from the early 1960s, which tells stories of how Pforzheim became a hotbed for jewellery and watch-making. A portion of this museum is dedicated to the works of Victor Mayer, and the rest has over 2,000 exhibits going back to five millennia with the artefacts from Asian, Egyptian, Persian, Etruscanian, and Mycenaean civilizations.
You can also visit the city animal park, which homes around 500 mammals, fishes, and reptiles. It is a 16-hectare park with 70 different animal species. It is an entertaining location for family trips where the adults and children enjoy equally. The zoo also has a rope course, children’s farm, and two playgrounds where children can keep themselves entertained.
Pforzheim was very much a part of World War II and dealt the damage of the airstrike in February 1945. The only Medieval monument that did not get a scratch was this Romanesque and Gothic church with a history going back to 13th century. However, the building needed restorations that went on for the next decade. One of the stories tells that the church’s crypt was the burial place for the Baden-Durlack noble line and that Napoleon’s first wife Josephine is buried here.