World's Cutest Town Hall

© Jean B. Hall

World's Cutest Town Hall

Uploaded: October 13, 2008


I imagine Maulbronn, Germany, has the same problems as towns around the world. But they also have a much cuter place to solve them!

Came upon this Rathaus (town hall) while visiting the nearby 12th century monastery, which is a UNESCO world heritage center. And someone had even left a bicycle in the perfect place to accent my photo.

The town crest with the mule and fountain comes from the legend that the Cistercian monks – who wanted to be far from the temptations of society but needed a water source – loaded up a mule with a sack of money, blessed it, and sent it on its way. When the animal stopped to drink at a stream, the brothers took it as a sign that that was where they should build. Today, a fountain stands there, and that’s how Maulbronn – which means “mule fountain” – got its name!


Jeff Robinson level-deluxe October 13, 2008

Great find; very well seen and captured Jean! Jeff #1015832

Jean B. Hall October 13, 2008

Thanks very much, Jeff! #6594541

Janet Daniel October 13, 2008

Wonderfully captured Town Hall, Jean! Very nice! #6594645

Tommy E. Burgess October 13, 2008

Wonderful and charming capture Jean! #6594749

Jean B. Hall October 13, 2008

Thanks so much, Janet and Tommy. #6594828

KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S. October 13, 2008


KARU. #6595111

Jean B. Hall October 13, 2008

Thanks very much, Karu. #6595213

Stefania Barbier level-addict October 13, 2008

great comp and capture! #6595223

Jean B. Hall October 13, 2008

Thanks so much, Stefania. II thought it was such a charming building. I didn't know it was the town hall at the time I took the photo. I thought it was probably a restaurant or inn. Only later, when I saw the city hall in Karlsruhe called a Rathaus, did I realize what it was -- and I could hardly believe it! #6595285

Kaye Burazin October 14, 2008

Great piece of history captured nicely. #6597926

Jean B. Hall October 14, 2008

Thanks very much, Kaye! #6598174

Joseph M. Muench level-classic October 14, 2008

Nice composition!
-Joe #6599758

Jean B. Hall October 14, 2008

Thanks, Joe. #6599967

Bill Brelsford level-classic October 15, 2008


Jeffrey D. Estacio level-classic October 15, 2008

Lovely catch Jean. How I wish I can travel just the way you are well traveled. #6602993

Jean B. Hall October 15, 2008

Thanks so much, Bill and Jeffrey. I am so lucky to be able to accompany my husband on many of his trips. He is in fire safety science and often has conferences with experts from other countries. I have my own business, so I am able to reserve the time. Just hope the economy gets better, as his company pays his way, but we always have to pay mine! #6603078

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic October 17, 2008

Beautiful capture Jean!,
Amalia #6615592

Jean B. Hall October 17, 2008

Thanks very much, Amalia! #6616587

Chastity Abbott October 23, 2008

Your gallery is wonderful! I feel as though I am taking a trip through the world...beautiful! #6648504

Jean B. Hall October 23, 2008

Thank you so much, Chastity! your kind comments are much appreciated. #6648538

Jean Lechleiter level-classic November 08, 2008

Great shot, Jean. #6725461

Jean B. Hall November 08, 2008

Thanks very much, Jean! #6725513

Mitch Spence level-classic June 16, 2009

Jean, I think this is the one you were mentioning when you commented on my Essentially Irish shot. Very nice. Maybe we should call such things essentially European. #7637060

Jean B. Hall June 16, 2009

Yes, this is the one. I love the bicycles in both the pictures! #7637255

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