Updated on June 15, 2024 by Angelika

For today's 12 of 12, I'm setting off with my friend Jutta from northern Germany, who is still visiting me. Over the last two weeks, we've spent a wonderful vacation in the Berchtesgadener Land and Tyrol. Today we're going to the pretty half-timbered town of Weil der Stadt, which has had the additional designation of Kepler city because the astronomer Johannes Kepler was born here on November 27, 1571. Weil der Stadt is only 17 kilometers from my home in Sindelfingen and around 28 kilometers east of Stuttgart.

Start at the city wall: Stork Tower and Red Tower

We park at the fairground, cross Paul-Reusch-Straße, and we are already in front of the first sight: the intact medieval town wall from the 15th century has numerous towers and gates. This section is home to the Stork Tower, where storks have been nesting since 1798 - with a decade-long interruption after 1920 - and the Red Tower, which was used as a prison for criminals awaiting execution. These historic buildings give a first impression of Weil der Stadt's long history. We are delighted to see the stork couple, who are clearly visible and eagerly looking after their young.

Weil der Stadt - City wall with stork tower and red tower - a stork stands in a stork's nest on the stork tower - angiestravelroutes.com

Stuttgarter Straße: Former Hospital and Fool's Museum

We walk through the Königstor ("King's Gate") to the former hospital in Stuttgarter Straße, which was founded after the great plague epidemic of the 14th century thanks to a generous donation from Helene Brotbeck from the hamlet. Initially built as a hospital, it later served as a retirement home and poorhouse for the town. Today, the building complex is home to various associations and several doctors' surgeries.

Weil der Stadt - Stuttgarter Straße - the former hospital on the right, the Fools' Museum on the left, the town church of St. Peter and Paul in the background - angiestravelroutes.com
Stuttgarter Straße is lined with beautiful half-timbered houses, such as the former hospital (right) and the Narrenmuseum (left)

The half-timbered house on the opposite side of the street houses the Museum of Fools (Narrenmuseum) - clearly identifiable by the wrought-iron sign of the Fools' guild.

Weil der Stadt - the wrought-iron sign of the Fools' Guild with the words "Narrenzunft" and two jester larvae - angiestravelroutes.com

At the beginning (or end - depending on your point of view) of Stuttgarter Straße, you have a beautiful view of the Seilerturm (Rope Tower) and the Seilerstüble on the south-east side of the old city wall.

Weil der Stadt - Seilerturm, seen from the Würm bridge - angiestravelroutes.com

Brenzgasse: Birthplace of the Reformer Johannes Brenz

We walk back along Stuttgarter Straße and turn left into Brenzgasse to catch a glimpse of the house where the Reformer Johannes Brenz was born. The half-timbered house tells the story of one of the town's most important sons. Johannes Brenz studied theology in Heidelberg, where he met Martin Luther and became enthusiastic about his revolutionary ideas. He later advised the dukes of Württemberg on the introduction of the Reformation and, as the reformer of Württemberg, wrote the "Great Church Order" in 1559.

Weil der Stadt - Brenzhaus - yellow whitewashed house with brown half-timbering - angiestravelroutes.com

Market Square: Historic Center with Town Hall, Market Fountains and Kepler's Birthplace

Back on Stuttgarter Straße, we first admire the Fool's Fountain, which was designed by blacksmith Gerhard Längerer from 1986 and symbolizes the tradition of the Swabian-Alemannic carnival in Weil der Stadt.

A few steps further on, the market square awaits us with numerous historic buildings such as the town hall, the Johannes Kepler monument, the two market fountains and Johannes Kepler's birthplace, which offer an impressive cross-section of the town's history.

Weil der Stadt - market square - in the foreground the lower market fountain, on the left in the picture the Kepler monument, in the background the tower of the town church of St. Peter and Paul and the town hall - angiestravelroutes.com

At the flower and gift store Marketpl8tz we can't resist and buy orange and pink dahlias for my balcony.

Weil der Stadt - Flower and gift store Marktpl8tz - lush floral decoration in front of the store - angiestravelroutes.com

We would have liked to visit the Kepler Museum to learn more about the life and discoveries of the famous astronomer, but unfortunately it is only open at weekends.

Weil der Stadt - Kepler Museum - a narrow museum with a light brown plinth, otherwise whitewashed brickwork and light brown half-timbering - angiestravelroutes.com

Coffee break in the most beautiful café in town

On the way to the church of St. Peter and Paul, the charming café Pfarrgasse Seven invites for coffee and cake. The perfect opportunity for a break. Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., you can enjoy a tasty breakfast, delicious cakes or iced coffee here every day except Mondays. My friend and I opt for cheesecake and cherry crumble cake with our cappuccino - a good choice. It's hard to leave this cozy place again.

Weil der Stadt - Café Pfarrgasse Sieben - two plates with pieces of cake and two cups of cappuccino on a table, in the background a window with flowers planted in front of it - angiestravelroutes.com

City church of St. Peter and Paul

Directly opposite is the imposing Catholic town church of St. Peter and Paul, which has a significant influence on the townscape of Weil der Stadt. The late Gothic hall church with its late Romanesque east towers built in the 13th century and the west tower added at the end of the 14th century impresses with its architecture and important works of art inside from different eras.

Weil der Stadt - Alley view to the steeple of the town church of St. Peter and Paul - angiestravelroutes.com
The town church of St. Peter and Paul dominates Weil der Stadt - the striking church tower can be seen from almost every location.

We follow Pfarrgasse to the Kapuzinerberg, where the Augustinian monastery (1294 - 1803) was founded in the 13th century and served as the religious and cultural center of the region for many centuries. Today, the building is home to the Weiler town archive.

Weil der Stadt - Marienbrunnen fountain in front of the former Augustinian monastery - angiestravelroutes.com

Via the Kapuzinerberg we return to the city wall with its two towers and say goodbye to the storks.

Weil der Stadt - upper part of the stork tower with half-timbering, roof and stork's nest on which a stork stands - angiestravelroutes.com

12 of 12 info

If you enjoyed this glimpse into my day and have a blog yourself, join in the fun!

The photo project 12 of 12 was initiated by Caro from Draußen nur Kännchen. On the 12th of the month, you take lots of photos throughout the day, and in the evening, you pick 12 of them to write a short description about. Under Caro's 12 of 12 posting you will find a list in which you can enter your own 12 of 12 blog post.

You like this post and want to get the latest updates? Then subscribe to my newsletter!

Newsletter English

Join my Newsletter!

Get all my travel tips about Germany (1 to 2 emails per month).

These posts might also be interesting for you:
12 of 12: My August 12, 2023 - Walk through Sindelfingen

For 12 of 12 in August, I wanted to make a day trip - to Marbach am Neckar or at least to Herrenberg. read more

12 of 12: My September 12, 2023
The market place of Herrenberg with the market fountain, town hall (overlooked by the tower of the collegiate church) and some half-timbered houses - angiestravelroutes.com

12 of 12 - the 12th of the month in 12 pictures - is a cherished tradition among bloggers read more

12 of 12 November 2023: Excursion to the Schiller Town of Marbach
Marbach am Neckar - Schiller monument from the front - autumn leaves on the trees - angiestravelroutes.com

November 12, 2023 is Schiller Sunday in Marbach. Every year, Marbach celebrates Schiller's birthday for one week. read more

12 of 12 in January 2024: Towers and Farmers' Protest in Rottweil
12 of 12 - Rottweil - Black Gate and Houses Main Street - angiestravelroutes.com

For 12 out of 12, I am once again exploring a town that I don't know myself. Although Rottweil is only just read more