I grew up in a small village in Germany called “Kitzingen”. On our Germany travels over the summer we spent a lot of time in my hometown, visiting family and friends and just enjoying the beauty that this city has to offer. It really is breath taking looking at all the pictures I took and it makes me miss home that much more.
Kitzingen is a town in the German state of Bavaria, capital of the district Kitzingen. It is part of the Franconia geographical region and has around 21,000 inhabitants. Surrounded by vineyards, Kitzingen County is the largest wine producer in Bavaria. It is said to be Franconia’s wine trade center.
The first thing we did was to find our favorite Ice ream parlor and ordered our favorite treat. Ohhh, how I missed it. It was as delicious as I had remembered and these were just a few of the 6 page menu to choose from, isn’t it amazing. It tastes even better then it looks, trust me. If you ever make it to Germany, be sure to find an Ice Cream Parlor and enjoy a treat, that’s a MUST and you will not regret it either and oh… remember on vacation calories don’t count, so eat up .
According to legend, Kitzingen was founded when the Countess of Schwanberg lost her jeweled scarf while standing on the ramparts of her castle. The castle was located high above the fertile section of the Main River Valley where Kitzingen now lies. The Countess promised to build a cloister on the spot where the scarf was found. When it was found by a shepherd named Kitz, she kept her word and built a cloister which she called Kitzingen. That Benedictine cloister, founded in the 8th century on the site of the present town of Kitzingen, defended the ford across the Main River.
Kitzingen’s history is closely tied to Würzburg. Kitzingen became a free imperial city around the year 1000. During the next century the town changed rulers often, mostly being ruled by Würzburg bishops who sold the town twice to fill their empty treasury.
In 1629 the Bishop of Würzburg took up his option to repurchase Kitzingen after the Peasants’ Revolt in 1525. He abolished Protestantism and forced more than 1,000 residents to leave the town. This blow to the town’s strength was followed by the Swedish three-year occupation during the Thirty Years’ War.
Kitzingen’s revival is credited to the wisdom of Bishop Johann Philipp von Schönborn of Würzburg, whose Edict of Toleration in 1650 encouraged the return of the expelled Protestants. This is why both Catholicism and Protestantism are present in Kitzingen today.
During the Cold War, Kitzingen was a staging area for the U.S. European Command’s (USAREUR) air defenses against possible Soviet air and nuclear attack. Two U.S. Army Bases, Larson Barracks and Harvey Barracks, were located in the town. For many years it housed the 2nd Brigade of the Third infantry division. One of these battalions, 6-41 Field Artillery, was deployed to Operation Desert Storm in 1990 and served with distinction. These units were eventually reflagged units of the First infantry division.
As you can tell our little town has and had very close ties to America, we had many many US Soldiers and Armed Forces stationed in Kitzingen and the surrounding area, making friends and hanging out with the locals, enjoying and learning about the German culture until 2007 when all the troops were relocated to America and the US bases were closed.
I just love my Hometown, it’s beautiful inside and out, has many rough years behind it but doesn’t look it and the fun part, anywhere you go, I bet you will meet someone that has been to Kitzingen before. I’m in the USA now for 15 years and have met many people, total coincidence, that were stationed in Kitzingen. It is the strangest thing but makes me always smile when people have fond memories of their Germany visit and they always love to tell their stories about the town or the fun adventures they endured.
I challenge you to find someone that has heard or even been to Kitzingen, Germany, you will be surprised how many people know this little village that has not quit 21,000 residence. Most of the military and armed forces stationed in Germany have been here. It is a beautiful place to grow up and to visit. I miss it, but I now made Florida my home. The nice thing, I can always go back and enjoy the beautiful city and look at it with different eyes then the locals would. I won’t take the city for granted, I just enjoy every second of it till I head back home.
Be sure to check out the video above (click on the picture), it’s from my Hometown’s Facebook page and it is a tour of the town under 5 minutes long but it shows the beauty even better than in my pictures. I hope you enjoyed learning about my beautiful hometown….
Have you ever been to Germany and maybe to Kitzingen?