Braunsbach is a municipality in the district of Schwäbisch Hall in Baden-Württemberg in Germany. It is on the Kocher river, about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the district seat of Schwäbisch Hall. The town is bordered to the north by the town Künzelsau, the county seat of Hohenlohe, in the east by the town of Langenburg, on the southeast by Wolpertshausen, in the south by the town of Schwäbisch Hall, in the southwest by Untermünkheim and in the west by Kupferzell in Hohenlohe.

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Location of Braunsbach within Schwäbisch Hall district
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Braunsbach is located in Germany
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Braunsbach is located in Baden-Württemberg
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Coordinates: 49°11′56″N 09°47′29″E / 49.19889°N 9.79139°E / 49.19889; 9.79139Coordinates: 49°11′56″N 09°47′29″E / 49.19889°N 9.79139°E / 49.19889; 9.79139
CountryGermany
StateBaden-Württemberg
Admin. regionStuttgart
DistrictSchwäbisch Hall
Government
 • MayorFrank Harsch
Area
 • Total52.85 km2 (20.41 sq mi)
Elevation
268 m (879 ft)
Population
 (2018-12-31)[1]
 • Total2,506
 • Density47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
74542
Dialling codes07906
Vehicle registrationSHA
Websitewww.braunsbach.de

HistoryEdit

Braunsbach was formed in February 1972 by the voluntary merger of the formerly independent communities of Arnsdorf, Braunsbach, Döttingen, Geislingen am Kocher [de], Jungholzhausen, Orlach [de] and Steinkirchen.

In late May 2016, severe weather led to flooding of Orlacher Bach and Schlossbach within 3 hours that strewed rubble across the town causing large damage but no casualties.[2][3]

Points of interestEdit

  • Schloss Braunsbach [de] (Braunsbach Castle), in part built in 1250[4]
  • Protestant church in the castle[4]
  • Döttingen Gate Braunsbach (rest of the wall surrounding the village)[4]
  • Burg Tierberg [de] (Tierberg Castle), 13th century, former hunting lodge of the princes of Hohenlohe[4]
  • Schloss Döttingen [de] (Döttingen Castle) (built in the 16th century), now hotel and restaurant[4]
  • House of the former Mayor J. M. Gronbach in Orlach (now House Schumm) known for the story "Das Mädchen von Orlach" ("The Girl from Orlach")[4]
  • Kocher Viaduct near Geislingen (largest reinforced concrete bridge in Europe 1128 m long and 185 m high)[4]
  • Bridge Museum in Geislingen[4]
  • Rabbinate Museum Braunsbach [de][4]
  • Nature reserve "Grimm brook mouth"[4]
  • Hall of the Land of Castles (local name: Burgenlandhalle) Braunsbach (in part former synagogue)[4]
  • Jewish cemetery in Braunsbach[4]

The Girl from OrlachEdit

"The Girl from Orlach" is a ghost story of the Biedermeier whose protagonist, Magdalena Gronbach, allegedly was capable of extrasensory perception.[5] In February 1831 a white ghost of a woman appeared to her several times. Always when she appeared, a small fire broke out in the house. She said she was the Cistercian nun Mariane Susanne from Orlach who had been born just as Magdalena on September 12, but not in 1812, but precisely 400 years before that, i.e. in 1412. She implored salvation from Magdalena, and when Magdalena wanted to know which reward she would receive she replied: "Do not lay up treasures on earth!" In early June of the same year the ghost of a Capuchin friar appeared to her in the form of a dark menacing black shadow. She fell into a trance and in this state answered all questions she was asked. Thereupon many people came from all over the country to ask for advice regarding what would happen in the future. After having observed Magdalena for five weeks the chief medical officer Justinus Kerner concluded that this was a "state of possession."[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung nach Nationalität und Geschlecht am 31. Dezember 2018". Statistisches Landesamt Baden-Württemberg (in German). July 2019.
  2. ^ Beate Krause (1 June 2016). "Aufräumarbeiten im zerstörten Braunsbach". Bild (in German). Frankfurt. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  3. ^ WDR Fernsehen, "Der Unwetter-Sommer 2016", 8 July 2016, retrieved 8 July 2016 (in German)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Braunsbach: Points of interest
  5. ^ Braunsbach: History of Orlach
  6. ^ sphinx-suche.de: The Girl from Orlach Archived December 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine

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