The 10 Best Things to Do in Pforzheim, Germany

November 14, 2017 Randal Brittian

Pforzheim (German pronunciation: [ˈpfɔʁtshaɪ̯m] ( listen)) is a city of nearly 120,000 inhabitants in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, in the southwest of Germany. It is known for its jewelry and watch-making industry, and as such has gained the nickname "Goldstadt" ("Golden City"). With an area of 97.8 km (38 sq mi), it is situated between the cities of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe at the confluence of three rivers (Enz, Nagold and Würm). It marks the frontier between Baden and Württemberg, being located on Baden territory. From 1535 to 1565, it was the home to the Margraves of Baden-Pforzheim.
Restaurants in Pforzheim

1. Wildpark Pforzheim

Tiefenbronner Str. 100, 75175 Pforzheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 7231 393328
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4.5 based on 235 reviews

Wildpark Pforzheim

Reviewed By wrpech - cape coral

Was there with our grandkids. Had much fun and it was very interesting to watch all the different animals. Were a bit late in the afternoon so we couldn't do the climbing in the trees. Its a cheap entertaining. You just pay a little parking fee and entrance is included.

2. Gasometer Pforzheim

Hohwiesenweg 6, 75175 Pforzheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 7231 7760997
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

Gasometer Pforzheim

Reviewed By Collingwood2011 - Melbourne, Australia

When I first heard of this type of artist display I was very sceptical, but thought I will try it once.
This display was innovative, refreshing and absolutely eye opening, it made you feel like you were in the middle Ancient Rome.
What a great use of old infrastuture !!!!!

3. Jewelry Museum

Jahnstr. 42, 75173 Pforzheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 7231 392126
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4.5 based on 69 reviews

Jewelry Museum

An impressive museum documenting the wonders of geology.

Reviewed By Jclynes - London UK

If you’re a jeweller or into jewellery this museum is a must.
They have an important collection of jewellery plus regular one off Exhibitions
It’s about 1.5 hours by train from Frankfurt, and a maximum of 15 minutes walk from the station, in the middle of a large park near the river
I have reviewed separately a hotel and restaurant if you decide to stay in the town

4. Vehicle Museum (Fahrzeug-Museum Marxzell)

Albtalstr. 2 | Marxzell, 76359 Pforzheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 7248 6262
Excellent
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Vehicle Museum (Fahrzeug-Museum Marxzell)

Reviewed By dnvpaul - Kew Gardens, New York

This is more than a car collection. The building is crammed full with every possible momento from life in earlier times. It is both fascinating and at times overwhelming. The number of items is staggering. Good for all ages, it is not a typical museum, but a collection! Well worth visiting.

5. Technical Museum (Technisches Museum)

Bleichstrasse 81, 75173 Pforzheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 7231 392869
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4.5 based on 18 reviews

Technical Museum (Technisches Museum)

Reviewed By dnvpaul - Kew Gardens, New York

The guides at the Technical Museum really enjoy their craft. The museum is small, but rich in demonstrating and showing the art of jewelry making. Every step in the process is covered; I learned many new things. I think it would be an excellent place to take children.

6. Kulturhaus Osterfeld

Osterfeldstr. 12, 75172 Pforzheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 7231 318210
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5 based on 11 reviews

Kulturhaus Osterfeld

Reviewed By Chiefinho - Muhlacker, Germany

Das Osterfeld in Pforzheim ist einfach super. Das Ambiente toll. Im selben Bau, wie die Osterfeld Realschule, alles leicht betagt, aber nicht in der Hinsicht, dass es verlebt ist, sondern vielmehr hat hier alles Charme. Das Programm ist bunt gemischt. Besonders Comedians treten hier auch immer wieder auf. Preise noch so, dass man ohne Kreditaufnahme sich mal was anschaun kann. Absolut tolle Kultureinrichtung in Pforzheim, die mit viel Idealismus betrieben wird!

7. Schmuckwelten

Westliche Karl-Friedrich-Str. 56, 75172 Pforzheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 7231 800060
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4 based on 47 reviews

Schmuckwelten

Reviewed By CanadianDiamond - Ottawa, Canada

The Shmuckwelten is worth a visit for the English speaking visitor to Pforzheim; all displays are in both English and German. The museum has informative and interesting sections on the grading and making of pearls, the grading of diamonds, the geographical location of precious jewels, the processes for making gold and the unique aspects of the Black Forest, including traditional dress and Cuckoo clocks. The temporary exhibit was a fascinating collection of photos of Elizabeth Taylor in her glory days. The exhibits are beautifully displayed, well cared for and the staff are friendly and helpful.
There was a family with children visiting at the same time as us, and though there are not activities geared specifically towards, the children seemed to be enjoying themselves.

8. Wartbergfreibad

Zum Hoehenfreibad 13, 75177 Pforzheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 4972 31392782
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4 based on 16 reviews

Wartbergfreibad

Reviewed By Wissam A - Pforzheim, Germany

This is the dirtiest pool I have come across in Germany.
The place was packed and there were more adults in the babies pool than actual babies... making the water oily and disgusting...
Went to get some ice cream for the kids and had to wait in the que for like 30 minutes... service was terrible and the atmosphere was horrible...
Never again

9. St. Michael Schlosskirche

Erlenweg 1, 75175 Pforzheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Excellent
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

St. Michael Schlosskirche

Reviewed By AUeberschaer - Eisingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Einige unserer Gruppe (18) waren teilweise schon mehrfach in der Schloss- und Stiftskirche St. Michael in Pforzheim. Unser Besuch am vergangenen Sonntag stellte jedoch durch die fantastische Führung mit Frau Klittich ein ganz besonderes Glanzlicht des Museumstages dar. Das unglaubliche Wissen über die Baugeschichte der Kirche und des leider nicht mehr vorhandenen Schlosses, die vielen kleinen Geschichten über das Haus Baden und die schwungvolle und humorvolle Darstellung der verschiedenen Epochen bis hin zur Zerstörung durch den verheerenden Bombenangriff am 23. Februar 1945 und den liebevollen Wiederaufbau, gefördert und finanziert durch den Verein Freunde der Schloßkirche e.V. machten unseren Besuch zu einem wirklichen Highlight. Man spricht nicht umsonst von dem "Steinernen Geschichtsbuch" der Stadt Pforzheim.
Ich empfehle unbedingt im Vorfeld eine Führung bei der Touristen-Information zu buchen.

10. DDR Museum Pforzheim

Hagenschiessstr. 9, 75175 Pforzheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany +49 7231 4243340
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5 based on 3 reviews

DDR Museum Pforzheim

Reviewed By Chiefinho - Muhlacker, Germany

Das DDR Museum, das wohl grenzfernste DDR Museum, dass die Republik je gesehen hat. Ein tolles Museum! Die Anzahl der Exponate ist wohl bemessen, die räumlichen Möglichkeiten sind begrenzt. Die Museumspädagogik ist einfach prima. Hier erkennt man eine klare Handschrift. Im Keller des Museums trifft man auf das Thema Stasi und Haft. Im OG ist das Thema Grenze aufgearbeitet. Im EG würde ich sagen: Leben in der DDR. Was den Besuch des Museums besonders macht, sind die Menschen, die dort ehrenamtlich arbeiten. Sie bringen auch jungen Menschen das Thema der deutschen Teilung näher. In Berlin kann jeder recht einfach erfahren, was die Teilung bedeutete. Hier in Pforzheim ist dies umso schwieriger, aber total liebevoll gelöst. Absolut besuchenswert!

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