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Bretten is a quaint town in the Kraichgau hills, about half an hour Northeast of Karlsruhe. Its old centre has preserved an authentic flair with small alleys and half-timbered houses. So far hardly in the focus of tourists, it makes a worthwhile day or half-day trip.

Bretten's old town is a maze of small alleys. Walk on and explore - the town is small enough so you won't get lost altogether. You will find many pretty street views with little old houses, a bit of timberframe, and one or two towers showing up in the distance. There are the steeples of the churches, two medieval watchtowers along the town wall, and the gables of the old houses. The old town is located on a slope, so topography changes the views and perspectives along your way all the time.

The most famous son of Bretten was a boy named Philipp Schwartzerdt who was born here in 1497. As a student he translated his surname into Greek, and as Philipp Melanchthon he became Luther's colleague and friend and the No. 2 in the Wittenberg reformation.

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