Find out more about the history of Lenzkirch.
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If you’re interested in the past and the diverse and excitinghistory of Lenzkirch, then you should join one of thetours of our homeland room. A visit to this one-roomed museum, mentioned in numerous travel guides, is worth it. The exhibition was newly assembled by the “Verein der Lenzkircher Uhrenfreunde e.V.” (Association of Lenzkirch Watch Lovers) together with the spa and tourism departments.
Around one hundred years ago, Lenzkirch was one of the world’s leading watchmakers, exporting products as far as Russia and the US. Naturally, this little town still identifies with the craftsmanship of watch making, watch production, the associated organisations, and the great minds of this unique manufacturing sector. Some of these valuable, much sought-after collector’s items are showcased in the homeland museum along with early pictures, original documents, and catalogues. The “Flötenuhr No.1” by Jakob Ganter is considered a particularly exquisite piece of traditional watch making. This exhibit, impressive not only because of its size, only recently found its way back to Lenzkirch a few years ago. The gold-plated watch plays eight different tunes on 42 wooden flutes!
Yet the history of Lenzkirch is not just about watch making. There are also sections of the museum dedicated to glass production, early straw hat production, and to the stories of successful merchants who played a significant role in the “big” politics in Baden’s capital, Karlsruhe, or in Berlin. You will learn how the revolution of 1848 came to Lenzkirch, hear about the devastating effects of the village fire in the previous century, find out how Kolumban Kayser once saved Lenzkirch, as well as many more interesting stories. Curious to learn more? Then join our entertaining and informative tour. Dates are in the events calendar and in the monthly visitor’s book. The Homeland Room is on the upper floor and can be reached with a lift. Wheelchair accessible.