Schwäbisch Gmünd in Ostalbkreis, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Garten der Partnerstadt Bethlehem (USA) / Garden of the Sister City of Bethlehem (USA)
Bethlehem and Schwäbisch Gmünd have been sister cities since 1991. Bethlehem is one of the oldest cities in the US. It was founded on Christmas Eve, 1741 by members of a small German sect - the "Moravians" (originally from Bohemia and Moravia in the Czech Republic). The city, with approximately 75,000 inhabitants, is located in the foothills of the Appalachians, a wooded medium-height range, and is located in the heart of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, 90 miles from New York. The economic development of Bethlehem was for many decades driven by "Bethlehem Steel" - one of the largest steel groups in the world. But the educational sector has always been an important part of the city's development. As early as 1742, Moravian College, the sixteenth college in the US, was founded. Lehigh University is today one of the best engineering colleges in the USA. During the Christmas period, Bethlehem is particularly popular: the city is known as "Christmas City" in the US. The Star of Bethlehem, which can also be found in the town's coat of arms, was used to design the city gardens, in accordance with this particular tradition.
Erected 2014 by Landesgartenschau Schwäbisch Gmünd. (Marker Number 32.)
Location. 48° 48.005′ N, 9° 47.475′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Bahnhofstrasse 8, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Baden-Württemberg 73525, Germany.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fünfknopfturm / Five-points Tower (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Heimatvertriebene in Schwäbisch Gmünd / German Expellees in Schwäbisch Gmünd (about 180 meters away); Die Revolution 1848 in Schwäbisch Gmünd / The Revolution of 1848 in Schwäbisch Gmünd (about 180 meters away); Münsterplatz 12 (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Johanniskirche / St. John's Church (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Glockenturm / Belltower (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Katharina Czisch (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Schwäbisch Gmünd War Memorial (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schwäbisch Gmünd.
Regarding Garten der Partnerstadt Bethlehem (USA) / Garden of the Sister City of Bethlehem (USA). The marker takes a little bit of walking to find: it's on a pedestrian path between the main part of the city garden and the path that follows the stream that flows into the Rems. If it is any help, look for the giant chess board (see Photo No. 2).
Also see . . .
1. History of Bethlehem (City of Bethlehem). (Submitted on August 12, 2017.)
2. Bethlehem, USA (Stadt Schwäbisch Gmünd, in German). (Submitted on August 12, 2017.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.