Fodor's Expert Review Weil der Stadt

Pforzheim Museum/Gallery

In the hills 17 km (10 miles) southeast of Pforzheim, Weil der Stadt, a former imperial city, is now a small, sleepy town of turrets and gables, with only its well-preserved city walls and fortifications to remind you of its former importance.

The astronomer Johannes Kepler, born here in 1571, was the first man to track and accurately explain the orbits of the planets, although most experts agree that Kepler stole his calculations from, and then quite possibly murdered, Tycho de Brahe. And, appropriately, the town now has a planetarium to graphically show you what he learned. In the town center, the little half-timber house in which he was born is now the Kepler Museum (Keplerg. 2, 71263; 07033/6586; www.kepler-museum.de; €2; Thurs. and Fri. 10–noon and 2–4, Sat. 11–noon and 2–4, Sun. 11–noon and 2–5), devoted to his writings and discoveries.

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In the hills 17 km (10 miles) southeast of Pforzheim, Weil der Stadt, a former imperial city, is now a small, sleepy town of turrets and gables, with only its well-preserved city walls and fortifications to remind you of its former importance.

The astronomer Johannes Kepler, born here in 1571, was the first man to track and accurately explain the orbits of the planets, although most experts agree that Kepler stole his calculations from, and then quite possibly murdered, Tycho de Brahe. And, appropriately, the town now has a planetarium to graphically show you what he learned. In the town center, the little half-timber house in which he was born is now the Kepler Museum (Keplerg. 2, 71263; 07033/6586; www.kepler-museum.de; €2; Thurs. and Fri. 10–noon and 2–4, Sat. 11–noon and 2–4, Sun. 11–noon and 2–5), devoted to his writings and discoveries.

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Museum/Gallery Observatory/Planetarium Town/Village Historical

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Paul-Reusch-Str. 27
Weil der Stadt, Baden-Württemberg  71263, Germany

www.weil-der-stadt.de

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