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Are there any cultural highlights, museums?"On the corner of a yellow building is a statue picturing a fat man sitting on the shoulders of an old man who is sitting on the shoulders of a young child. What is the story and significance of this statue?" (posted 04/18/2014)
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What makes this destination special? Why should one spend some time here during vacation?"My husbands family is from a town near Ravensburg. Do you have any information on Moosheim, Saxony, Germany you could share with us. We would love to visit. " (posted 12/27/2014)
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Travel Insider Tips for Ravensburg
Ravensburg is a town in Upper Swabia in Southern Germany, capital of the district of Ravensburg, Baden-Württemberg. Population: 48,000 (in 2002; 19,000 in 1933). Ravensburg was first mentioned in 1088. In the Middle Ages, it was an Imperial Free City and an important trading center. The
Great Ravensburg Trading Society (Große Ravensburger Handelsgesellschaft) owned shops and trading companies all over Europe.
The historic town centre is still very much intact, including three town gates and over 10 towers of the medieval fortification. The town's most popular festival is the
Rutenfest in mid year. Ravensburg is today a thriving shopping town in the wealthy region of Upper Swabia. Unemployment is relatively low. The nearest large cities are Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide), Stuttgart (Stuttgart vacation rentals | Stuttgart travel guide) and Zurich, approximately a two-hour drive away each. Ulm (Ulm vacation rentals | Ulm travel guide), Konstanz (Konstanz vacation rentals | Konstanz travel guide) and Bregenz are each less than a one hour drive away. Ravensburg is part of an urban agglomeration that also comprises Weingarten (Württemberg) and several suburbs. Ravensburg, Weingarten, and Friedrichshafen (Friedrichshafen vacation rentals | Friedrichshafen travel guide) (on the shores of Lake Constance) share the functionality of a Oberzentrum (that is, the highest-ranked centre in the system of spatial planning and development in Baden-Württemberg).
Things to See in Ravensburg
The historic city, despite a partial demolition of the old city walls, used those preserved stones from the 19th Century for the construction of the station. In the World War II, Ravensburg survived because of its strategic insignificance, industrial equipment, and that it was spared in thanks to the Swiss-run care center of the Red Cross
The historic town remains and in large parts still receive shares of the Marienplatz in the Upper Town, especially from large mansions
Mehlsack, 51 meters high tower, the landmark of the city
Blaser tower, also 51 meters high, in front of the city expansion in the 14th Century part of the city walls
Veits castle, formerly a great castle called Ravensburg that towers over the city.
Concert hall, built from 1896-1897 in the central European theater leading Viennese office Fellner & Helmer (architect: Ferdinand Fellner d. J.)
The Städtische Galerie Ravensburg in the Old Theater features changing exhibitions of classical modern art, contemporary art and contemporary photography.
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More about the History of Ravensburg
Ravensburg was first mentioned in writing in 1088. It was founded by the Welfs, a Frankish dynasty in Swabia who became later Dukes of Bavaria and Saxony and who made the castle of Ravensburg their ancestral seat. By a contract of inheritance, in 1191 the Hohenstaufen Frederick Barbarossa acquired the ownership of Ravensburg from Welf VI, Duke of Spoleto and uncle of both Frederick Barbarossa and Henry the Lion. With the death of Conradin 1268 in Naples the Hohenstaufen line became extinct. Their former estates became imperial property of the Holy Roman Empire. Like many other cities in Swabia, at the end of the 13th century Ravensburg became an Imperial Free City in 1276. The
Great Ravensburg Trading Society (Große Ravensburger Handelsgesellschaft) was founded at Ravensburg and Konstanz around 1380 by the merchant families of Humpis (from Ravensburg), Mötteli (from Buchhorn, modern-day Friedrichshafen) and Muntprat (from Constance). The society dealt first mostly in the domestic linen and fustian. With the opening of one of the first paper mills north of the Alps in 1402 in Ravensburg, paper became another commodity, but the stores held also oriental spices, Mediterranean wines and Bohemian ores. After the liquidation of the Great Ravensburg Trading Society in 1530, Ravensburg stagnated economically. The Thirty Years' War caused a grave decline of the population. Swedish troops destroyed the old castle, now named
Veitsburg after the St. Veit chapel at the castle grounds. During the World War II Ravensburg was strategically of no relevance. Ravensburg didn't harbour any noteworthy arms industry (unlike the nearby Friedrichshafen with its large aircraft industry), but a big aid supplies center belonging to the Swiss Red Cross. So no air raid destroyed the historical city center. In the 1980s, the Old Town was renovated and all transit traffic was banned from the city center.
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Ravensburg has a rich history dating back to the 11th Century. Sitting at the crossroads of two international trading routes, Ravensburg became a wealthy town by the 14th Century and remained prosperous until the time of the Thirty Years' War. Being one of the first German cities to manufacture paper made Ravensburg a leader in the paper industry. Today, however, Ravensburg is best known for its games. The company Ravensburger is well known the world over for children's board games, books, and puzzles and the city of Ravensburg has embraced this association with games wholeheartedly. Ravensburg Spielt is an annual festival in September that finds the city turned into a giant playroom. Tourists can also visit the Museum Ravensburger in the old headquarters for the company, which offers exhibits on its history and, of course, games to be played by the visitors. Ravensburger Spieleland is a theme park just outside the city that also promotes the playfulness of the town. Those interested in a bit more sedate sightseeing should visit the Humpis-Quartier Museum, which is the largest historical museum in the area of Upper Swabia, made up of seven late medieval buildings that can be toured. If you want to take a break to do a bit of shopping, take a stroll down Bachstrasse or along Marktstrasse. A number of the towers for which the city earned its nickname the City of Towers and Gates can be toured for breathtaking views. If you have time for a day trip, visit the beautiful shores of Lake Constance.
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