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Altes Schwetzingen

 This multi takes you on a tour to some of the most interesting sites of Schwetzingens history.

by eMundeS     Germany > Baden-Württemberg > Rhein-Neckar-Kreis

N 49° 23.063' E 008° 34.330' (WGS84)

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 Time required: 1:00 h   Route: 1.5 km
 Hidden on: 05 September 2008
 Listed since: 07 September 2008
 Last update: 29 February 2016
 Listing: https://opencaching.de/OC66F9
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This multi takes you on a tour to some of the most interesting sites of Schwetzingens history. It can be done within one hour. 673c6dc2-d917-43d7-a6aa-a8fe7f6a5fa8.jpg

Schwetzingen is famous for its castle, its extensive gardens and for asparagus, which was grown in the castle garden for the first time in year 1658.
Today the town counts 22.000 inhabitants.

The starting point is on Schlossplatz, the towns central place in front of the castle.You may park your car free of charge just 500 meters away at N 49°22.798 / E 8°34.514.

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1. Spargelfrau (Asparagus Woman) (49°23.063 / 8°34.330)

This hardworking market-woman always sells here Schwetzingens famous asparagus. In spring, the asparagus is shipped to gourmets all across the world, for example to the Swedish queen Sylvia, who was born and lived in Heidelberg until her marriage. Nearby stands a house, built 1748, named after an animal. Count the tips of the animals antlers (number = a).

Cross Schlossstraße in direction NW into Zeyherstraße. Watch the signs!

2. Speyerer Tor (Speyer Gate) (N 49°23.098 E 8°34.177)

Along the way you pass some interesting spots:

- A statue erected in 1b51 shows the saint Nepomuk. He was drowned in river Vltava at the behest of Wenceslaus, King of the Romans and King of Bohemia. Later accounts state that he was the confessor of the queen of Bohemia and refused to divulge the secrets of the confessional. On the basis of this account, John of Nepomuk is considered the first martyr of the Seal of the Confessional, a patron against calumnies and, because of the manner of his death, a protector from floods.

- The Obere Wasserwerk (Upper waterworks) have been constructed in mid 18th century in order to support the trick fountains of the castle's garden. We count c mill wheels.

- If you are already hungry or thirsty we have a recommendation for you in this alley.

At former Speyerer Tor (a sign indicates where it stood) there is a building, that today houses the local court (Amtsgericht). Long time ago, the famous writer and poet Johann Peter Hebel died here on 22.d.1826.

Now follow the road to towns oldest church.

3. St. Pankratius (N 49°23.124 / E 8°34.284)

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The place in front of the church tells us some information.

- Some people here look brilliant. Count arms and legs (e).

- As you approach the church you see a door. Count the circles (f) (You don't have to enter the church).

- Some goose spy water. Count all necks (g).


When this is done, enter Dreikönigsstraße up to the point where an alley crosses from the left.

4. Rotes Haus (Red House)

An extremely famous man has stayed here in summer of year 17h3.

Turn left into Invalidengasse.

5. Alter Friedhof (Old Graveyard) (49°23.225 / 8°34.157)

Until 1870 the towns graveyard was situated here. Then it was moved. Only one grave, namely the one of Johann Peter Hebel can still be found here.

e99f87c8-4dcd-4cfe-b431-1d077212fe10.jpg A sign tells us when the tomb has been erected (checksum = i). (hint: more than 2 decades after his death)

Furthermore, this place holds some information about Schwetzingens "twin towns". Count the letters of the twin towns from Hungary, France and Italy (sum=j).

Now you have everything to calculate the Pre-Final.

x = (h*i) + a + d + g + j

y = b + (e/2) + f - c

6. Pre-Final (49°23.x / 8°34.0y)

Add the checksum of the first year mentioned to the North coordinates of the Prefinal. Subtract the final word (it is number) of the first line from the east coordinates. This tells you the final coordinates..

7. Final

It is a small box, suitable for TBs and trade of small items. Please watch out for muggles.

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Hope you had fun. If you have comments in order to improve this description or the cache itself, your mail will be appreciated!
Back to Schlossplatz it takes a few minutes only.

Additional hint   Decrypt

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Log entries for Altes Schwetzingen    Found 53x Not found 2x Note 0x

Found 03 September 2019 etaner found the geocache

Nach dem imposanten Schlossgarten noch durch Schwetzingen gebummelt.

Found 03 September 2019 Mr.No found the geocache

Nach dem Besuch des Schlossgartens noch durch das alte Schwetzingen gegangen.

Found 18 March 2018 cento found the geocache

Nach dem Besuch des Schlossgartens sind wir noch ein paar Schritte zu sehr interessanten Gebilden und Häusern gegangen. Die Daten waren gut zu ermitteln und am Ende stimmte die Rechnung. Wie es der Zufall wollte, haben wir strategisch günstig geparkt. Hier waren wir noch nie und vielleicht kommen wir mal wieder in diesen hübschen Ort, denn es gibt bestimmt noch einiges zu erkunden.
Danke fürs herloggen.
Grüßle cento

Found 05 February 2017, 15:49 thorig found the geocache

Die schöne Runde sind wir heute angegangen. Teil 2 kommt bestimmt demnächst noch dran...
TFTC, Thomas
15:49 #47

Found 03 January 2017 Katja104 found the geocache

Nach unserem Schlossgartenbesuch haben wir auch noch ein wenig die Stadt erkundet. Diesem Cache folgend haben wir ein paar schöne Stellen gesehen, die wir ohne die Dose zu suchen vermutlich nicht bemerkt hätten. Das Versteck ließ sich zum Schluss gut finden. DFDC