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Crailsheim Guide


Located in the northeast is the city of Crailsheim, the Federal State of Baden-Wurttemberg in Germany and located approximately 32km east of Schwaebisch Hall and 40km southwest of Ansbach. Crailsheim is the second largest city in the county Schwaebisch Hall, and the third largest in the region Heilbronn-francs. The cities and municipalities which surround Crailsheim are Satteldorf, Kreberg, Fichtenau, Stimpfach, Frankenstein Hardt, Vellberg, Ilshofen and Kirchberg on the Jagst. The metropolitan area is divided into the core city and the eight districts Goldbach, Jagstheim, Onolzheim, Rofeld, Tiefenbach, Triensbach, Westgartshausen and Beuerlbach.

During WWII Crailsheim was heavily bombed, as it was the focal point of the railway lines carrying amunition to the troops. During the bombing, around 80% of the buildings were destroyed. The landmark of the city is the 57.5m high city hall tower which was built in the year 1717 to 200.

Another interesting site you should visit is the water tower, which was built in 1912 in order for the steam trains to transport water. Today it is occupied by a Pizzeria with a beer garden. Other fascinating historical buildings include the preserved St. John's Church which was dedicated to 'Our Lady's Chapel' and the 'Hospital of the Holy Spirit'.

Crailsheim has so many historical features relating the to the war but it is also known for its music, literature, theater and performing arts. There are both urban and civil cultural events and performed over the 'Culture Weekend'. The urban museum is in the former hospital in Crailsheim. which is organized each year in the summer. The culture festival has taken place since 1994 and is financed by the city to a large extent but offers free entry to visitors.

A big event in Crailsheim is the 'Frankish Folk Festival', which annually attracts over 250,000 visitors. It lasts for four days and traditionally begins on the Friday before the second Monday in September, so don't miss it!

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