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Schloss Leonberg was founded in 1248 by count Ulrich I of Württemberg. The original castle was modified between 1560 and 1565 by the master builder Aberlin Tretsch by order of the duke Christoph.
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Leonberg is in the German federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg about 10 miles to the west of Stuttgart (Stuttgart vacation rentals | Stuttgart travel guide), the state capital. Approximately 45,000 people live in Leonberg, making it the third biggest borough in the rural district of Böblingen (Böblingen vacation rentals | Böblingen travel guide). Leonberg is most famous for its picturesque market square, the centuries old annual horse market, its past role as seat of one of Württemberg's first parliaments, and the Pomeranzen garden - Germany's only remaining terraced garden which dates back to the late renaissance.
Leonberg lies on the east bank of the Glems river on the lower slopes of a prominent hill known locally as Engelberg. The Glems flows into Leonberg from the south east before turning north west until it reaches the district of Eltingen. Here it turns north east into the western part of the old town, carving its way along the valley to the district of Höfingen before flowing north east towards Ditzingen (Ditzingen vacation rentals | Ditzingen travel guide). For administrative purposes the northern districts of Höfingen and Gebersheim belong to Strohgäu.
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The theatre in the Spitalhof stages musicals, plays, amateur theatre, concerts and children's events with regular visits from touring theatres also performing in the town auditorium.
The old town dates back to the middle ages and attracts many visitors with its historical market square lined by carefully restored half-timbered houses. Standing among them is the old Town Hall ('Rathaus') which, with the water tower on Engelberg hill, is considered a defining feature of Leonberg. The birth house of Schelling and the huge Zum Schwarzen Adler guesthouse - the first documented seat of parliament of the County of Württemberg - are also key features of the old town. Further attractions include the Evangelical Churchwith its Roman and Gothic architecture, and the former Latin school (which was attended by the astronomer and mathematician Kepler. The old Latin school now houses the town museum and Schelling memorial chapel. The town park contains a variety of modern sculptures. On the eastern outskirts of Leonberg is the Engelbergtunnel.
The district of Eltingen is described in local literature as "southern Germany's prettiest village high street". The Michaelskirche church in Eltingen was built in 1487 with a single nave overlooked by rib vaulting and a retracted chancel. The tower is adorned by late gothic acoustic windows and a polygonal spire.
The Evangelical Church in Gebersheim was built in 1588. The nave was removed in 1968 and extended. The tower is still decorated with pre-Reformation frescos.
The farmhouse museum (Bauernhausmuseum) was opened in 1995.
The parish church in Höfingen has a gothic nave. The west tower with its polygonal spire dates back to 18 century.
In Warmbronn there is a museum dedicated to the author Christian Wagner. The evangelical church was built in classical style in 1784.
The lake house in Glemseck was built by the royal architect Heinrich Schickhardt in 1609 for Sibylla of Anhalt
Leonberg's 'Pomeranzengarten' is Germany's only remaining terraced garden. Named after the German word for bitter orange, the garden originally dates back to the height of the Renaissance. It was planted in 1609 next to the palace as a retreat for widows of the Württemberg duchy. In 1742 it was converted to a fruit and vegetable garden until it was restored in 1980 using the original plans of Heinrich Schickhardt.
Leonberg's famous horse market takes place every year in February. The traditional fair is staged in the old town centring on the old market square.
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More about the History of Leonberg
he town of Levinberch was founded by Count Ulrich 1st of Württemberg in 1248 where Leonberg still stands today. The position on the brow of the hill was chosen as a defence from enemies to the west, the towns of Markgröningen (Markgröningen vacation rentals | Markgröningen travel guide), Weil der Stadt (Weil der Stadt vacation rentals | Weil der Stadt travel guide) and the counts in Tübingen (Tübingen vacation rentals | Tübingen travel guide) and Calw (Calw vacation rentals | Calw travel guide). At the time, the town was surrounded by stone fortifications with the count's castle in the south west. A moat stood to the east, leading to two gates complete with towers and swing-bridge. The gates and almost all of the walls were demolished in and after 1814/1815 leaving only the coat of arms, still on display in the Altes Rathaus. The moat was filled in 1786.
By 1961 the population of Leonberg passed the 20,000 mark. Boundary reforms in 1973 resulted in rural districts of Leonberg being merged with the rural districts of Böblingen (Böblingen vacation rentals | Böblingen travel guide) in the south and Enzkreis/Ludwigsburg in the north. Leonberg has existed in its current form since 1975.
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Leonberg is in the German federal state of Baden-Wuerttemberg about 10 miles to the west of Stuttgart, the state capital. Approximately 45,000 people live in Leonberg, making it the third biggest borough in the rural district of Böblingen. Leonberg is most famous for its picturesque market square, the centuries old annual horse market, its past role as seat of one of Württemberg's first parliaments, and the Pomeranzen garden - Germany's only remaining terraced garden which dates back to the late renaissance.
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