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Feuchtwangen is a city in Ansbach (Ansbach vacation rentals | Ansbach travel guide) district in the administrative region of Middle Franconia in Bavaria, Germany. Through Feuchtwangen flows the Sulzach, a tributary to the Wörnitz. Neighbouring Feuchtwangen are Schnelldorf (Schnelldorf vacation rentals | Schnelldorf travel guide), Wörnitz, Dombühl, Aurach, Herrieden (Herrieden vacation rentals | Herrieden travel guide), Wieseth, Dentlein am Forst, Dürrwangen, Schopfloch, Dinkelsbühl (Dinkelsbühl vacation rentals | Dinkelsbühl travel guide) (all in Ansbach district, Bavaria) and Kreßberg (Kreßberg vacation rentals | Kreßberg travel guide) (in Schwäbisch Hall (Schwäbisch Hall vacation rentals | Schwäbisch Hall travel guide) district, Baden-Württemberg).

Geographically and geologically the land around Feuchtwangen comprises the eastern part of the Swabian-Franconian Escarpment Land (Schichtstufenland), also sometimes called the gypsum-keuper landscape. Characteristic of this landform is the quick change from deep hollows to mostly wooded mountain ranges, which were formed as the result of keuper strata not being well able to withstand erosion. This also meant that streams in the region could carve broad valleys. The city of Feuchtwangen lies in the Sulzach valley. The city's sprawling area also takes in parts of the Wörnitz valley.

Things to See in Feuchtwangen

Fränkisches Museum Feuchtwangen

Sängermuseum des Deutschen Sängerbundes

Craftsmen's workshops in the Romanesque cloister

The Historic Town Festival (Altstadtfest) is held every year at the Feuchtwangen market place.

The Röhrenbrunnen fountain with a statue of Minerva, the Protectress of Commerce.

The Johanneskirche, former parish church, now a baptistery

The Taubenbrünnlein ("Little Dove Fountain") in which the legend about the city's founding is immortalized

The Cereal Market, where a collection of old firefighting equipment may be seen.

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More about the History of Feuchtwangen

Feuchtwangen's origins can be traced back to the Benedictine monastery, which was mentioned in a document in 818 or 819 as being "fairly well off". The state of affairs at the monastery was described in 16 letters by the learned monk Froumund and the abbot Wigo in the years 991 to 995. By no later than 1197, however, Feuchtwangen had become a house of secular canons (Chorherrenstift). The canons were not monks and lived in their own houses, but said their canonical prayers together at the monastery church.

Until 1791, Feuchtwangen remained an administrative town of Brandenburg-Ansbach. The last Margrave, who was childless, ceded his land to the Kingdom of Prussia. Only 14 years later, the French briefly took over control of the city, losing it once more only a year later, in 1806, to the Kingdom of Bavaria. Feuchtwangen became the seat of a regional court set up by the regional office and the local court.

In the long era of peace in the 19th century, the city's face was changed. The lower gate tower, along with great parts of the city defences were demolished. The Spitaltor burnt down in 1811. The city was connected by a railway branchline to the Nuremberg-Stuttgart mainline. Nevertheless, development stagnated in the 19th and 20th centuries until the Second World War. Although some of the communities that were later incorporated into Feuchtwangen were destroyed in the world wars, Feuchtwangen itself was left unscathed.

A renewed upswing took root after the Second World War, spurred on by the arrival of people driven out of their lands in the east. Feuchtwangen became a Bundeswehr garrison town. The town did lose its status as an administrative centre, but won itself a place among the ten largest cities in Bavaria (by land area) once Bavarian municipal reform had amalgamated ten other communities with it. The barracks were closed in 1997, but the lands came into use again only two years later when the Bavarian Building Academy (Bayerische Bauakademie) came to town to establish a continuing education institution. In 2000, the Feuchtwangen Casino opened, which in 2005 was once again the most visited and highest earning of all Bavarian casinos.

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Feuchtwangen is a city in Ansbach district in the administrative region of Middle Franconia in Bavaria, Germany. Through Feuchtwangen flows the Sulzach, a tributary to the Wörnitz. Neighbouring Feuchtwangen are Schnelldorf, Wörnitz, Dombühl, Aurach, Herrieden, Wieseth, Dentlein am Forst, Dürrwangen, Schopfloch, Dinkelsbühl (all in Ansbach district, Bavaria) and Kreßberg (in Schwäbisch Hall district, Baden-Württemberg).

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