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"Why should someone do a vacation in Pirmasens? Can you possibly tell me 2-3 popular travel tips for Pirmasens, which everyone visiting Pirmasens should see? Also let me know 2-3 special insider travel tips for Pirmasens that a typical tourist may not know about, but that you can highly recommend. Thanks!" (posted 09/03/2014)

Pirmasens is a city of about 45,000 inhabitants, surrounded by the beautiful Palatinate Forest with beautiful hiking trails. It is near our French neighbors (about 10 km for the French Alsace / Lorraine). Pirmasens in itself can not score with major museums and attractions. Newly created is a great park (Strecktal) with angrenzedem Dynamikum, an interactive museum that attracts mainly children and adolescents. Rather, it is an ideal starting point for trips to France, two bridges (20 km) with Deutschland's largest outlet center - over 100 stores) and Saarbrücken (Saarland Landeshaptstadt (60 km) or and in direction Vorderpfalz with its beautiful vineyards -dörfern and the cathedral city of Speyer, to name only a few examples. In our apartment La Maison Annette incidentally, are numerous brochures with tips for trips for our guests. So nature lovers in our area get their money, and shopping enthusiasts will feel comfortable in the Style Outlets Zweibrücken. PS The oldest city in Germany, Trier, with numerous traces of the Roman ancestors is only 90 min. away from the shoe city of Pirmasens. Lovely greetings from Vinningen, Annette Matheis (10 km from Pirmasens away, southwest between Pirmasens and Zweibrücken)
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Pirmasens Overview

Pirmasens is a district-free city in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, near the border with France. It is famous for the manufacture of shoes. The surrounding rural district was called Pirmasens from 1818 until 1997, when it was renamed Südwestpfalz.

Things to See

  • Dynamikum, a science museum
  • Collected works of Hugo Ball
  • Picture gallery of the painter Heinrich Bürkel
  • Museum of shoes
  • Silhouettes from Elisabeth Emmler
  • Westwallmuseum

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More about the History of Pirmasens

The first mention of "Pirminiseusna", a colony of Hornbach Abbey, dates from 860. The name derives from St. Pirminius, the founder of the cloister.

In 1763 Pirmasens is chartered by landgrave Ludwig IX (Hesse-Darmstadt).

In 1793 it was the location of a battle between Prussia and Braunschweig (Braunschweig vacation rentals | Braunschweig travel guide) against the french Moselle Army: the French lost the battle, but their opponents' divisions nevertheless enabled them to return and occupy Pirmasens by the end of the year: between 1798 and 1814, the town was included in the French département of Mont-Tonnerre ("Donnersberg-Département" in German).

  • 1923/24 tests of palatinate separatists to settle down in Pirmasens failed on 12 February 1924: occupation of the district town hall, home of the separatistic administration; many deaths on both sides
  • 9 November 1938 destruction of the synagogue during the so called Kristallnacht.

On 15 March 1945 Pirmasens was captured by US troops, and the following year it became part of the newly founded Bundesland Rhineland-Palatinate.

In 1989 the FH Kaiserslautern (Kaiserslautern vacation rentals | Kaiserslautern travel guide) was founded. After the fall of communism, and the reunification of East and West Germany, Pirmasens saw an influx of Russian immigrants (mainly from White Russia) claiming to be descendants of German soldiers caught behind the iron curtain after the second World War. Russian immigrants claiming German descendency were given permanent resident status. As typically occurs in human populations, tensions began to build between these immigrants and local residents, who were already at odds with the increasing Turkish and former Yugoslavian populations.

[ source: wikipedia ]

Pirmasens is a district-free city in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, near the border with France. It is famous for the manufacture of shoes. The surrounding rural district was called Pirmasens from 1818 until 1997, when it was renamed Südwestpfalz.

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