Since the eighteenth century, Pforzheim has been famous for its jewelry and watchmaking industries, which for many years were the basis of the city’s prosperity.
In recent years they have diversified considerably, but to this day Pforzheim has a Goldsmith and Watchmaking Vocational School which is said to be the only one of its kind in Europe.
And the city still offers numerous opportunities to buy exquisite and expensive gold jewelry, for those who are in the market for that sort of thing.
In a building called the “Jewelry Worlds” (Schmuckwelten) in the center of Pforzheim there are numerous shops and exhibits devoted to these products, along with a small mineral museum in the basement.
A few blocks away there is also a Jewelry Museum, which unfortunately I couldn’t visit because I was there on a Monday, when museums in Germany tend to be closed.
My photos in this post are from 2007. I revised the text in 2021.