The Ludwigsschanzen (also Ludwigschanzen) are two earth jumps that were built in 1693. They are named after the Türkenlouis, Margrave Ludwig Wilhelm von Baden-Baden, who had the entrenchments built as artillery positions in the Palatinate War of Succession to better protect the imperial city of Heilbronn.
The remains of the two star-shaped earth entrenchments, each about 50 m long and with a ditch in front, are about 300 m apart at the edge of the forest above the vineyards that stretch up the Schweinsberg. Ludwigsschanze is located in Gewann Kohlpfad, Ludwigsschanze II in Gewann Hölle, a few hundred meters west of the Schweinsbergsiedlung, which existed from 1945 to 1971.
A few meters west of Ludwigsschanze I and immediately above the vineyards, the Heilbronn Beautification Association had a viewing tower built in 1900, which was called the Ludwigstürmchen. After this turret burned down on October 12, 1926, it was replaced by a viewing hut, which was opened to the public on March 24, 1928.
August 23, 2020
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