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Fun Fact Friday #2: The one with the gap

Fun Fact Friday Bauwich

When you walk through some of the older streets of Stuttgart, in Stuttgart-West for example, you might have noticed that the buildings don’t touch each other. So why is there a gap?

These buildings date back to the late 19th century and a period called “Gründerzeit”. In these days a law existed that said there must be a 2,9 meter long gap, the “Bauwich”, between houses.  In the event of a fire it should reduce the risk of the fire spreading from one building to the next. Nowadays these gaps are the entrance to the backyard of the Gründerzeit-buildings.

A series of Bauwichs in Stuttgart-West.


Hello and welcome to "living in Stuttgart". I am Mel and I love this beautiful city. There are so many things to explore, I can't wait sharing them with you. So come along and let me show you Stuttgart the way I see it.

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  1. Cindy at enclos*ure
    4 years ago

    Nice pictures, but you have a typo. The Grunderzeit was the late 19th century (1800s), not late 18th century.

    1. Mellivinginstuttgart
      4 years ago

      Very true, thank you for pointing it out.


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