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Der Gengenbacher Adventskalender
THE BEST OF - Best of calendar of the last years

Foto: Dieter Wissing

For 16 years, the town hall of Gengenbach has been turned into a magical attraction every year at Advent: its 24 windows turn it into the largest Advent calendar in the world. Come and marvel at the beauty: around 100,000 visitors came from far and wide to see the Advent calendar last year.

They all got caught up in the nightly ritual. The music, celebrations and the wonderfully lit windows of the Gengenbach town hall turn the main square into a “treasure trove of fantasy.”
From the 30th November until the 23rd December, 24 fantastic themes can be seen on the classical façade of the town hall. This year the theme is a “Best of” calendar of the last 15 years. Pictures from world famous artists such as Marc Chagall, Tomi Ungerer, Otmar Alt, or children’s book characters Jim Button and The Robber Hotzenplotz can be seen.

At 6pm each evening, the window opening ritual starts. Spicy aromas fill the cold air, while an animated buzz spreads through the crown full of smiling faces … Suddenly it all goes quiet. It is 6pm precisely. The town hall is blanketed in darkness. One light, many lights: blue, red and silver, streaking across the magnificent 200 year-old building, while stone figures come to life. And then: the first window of the town hall Advent calendar opens.

Amazed faces of the hundreds, if not thousands of visitors. It is a wonderful and overwhelming spectacle, which takes place every evening before the eyes of visitors of all ages, until the last of the 24 windows opens and the town hall glows in its complete splendour.

This is just one more reason to take a stroll through the historic old town of Gengenbach, with its atmospheric Christmas lights, browse the beautiful Christmas markets, look at the wonderful exhibitions and visit the evening events.

Let us enchant you!

Christmas market from 30th Nov until 23rd Dec 2012
Monday to Friday 3 – 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 12 – 8pm

The supporting programme from the 30th Nov to 23rd Dec is daily from 5pm on workdays and 3pm at the weekend.

A window opens each day from 30th Nov until 23rd Dec 2012 at 6pm.
You can come and visit the Advent calendar until 6th January 2013.

The museum “Haus Löwenberg” can also be visited.

For further information, please, contact:
Gengenbach Kultur- und Tourismus GmbH
Im Winzerhof
77723 Gengenbach
Telephone 0049 (0) 7803 930-143
Fax 0049 (0) 7803 930-142