If you follow the street eastward from the “Storchen”, you will find yourself on Wühlestraße. In this area, pigs were once kept. The name is derived from the word “wühlen” meaning rooting, (the action the pigs make with their snout in the earth), which occurred before they were driven out of the city to find food outside the gates.

Pre-industrial Göppingen was indeed the center and seat of the Oberamt (administrative district) of the same name, but until the 19th century, it was heavily influenced by agriculture. The approximately 3,500 inhabitants of the pre-modern city led a life as peasant citizens for a considerable length of time.