Bammental — Prehistoric Artifacts, Old Buildings, Pretty Countryside

On an average day I’d say to put a few hours away for the town of Bammental if you’re visiting Heidelberg. It’s only about 9km, after all.

That is, unless, you’re here for one of the town’s festivals. But, I’ll get to that in a minute.

For the traditional sightseeing route in Bammental, start at the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall). It’s a charming little building, and located right near one of Bammental’s two watchtowers.

The Alter Turm, once an old church tower, is historic and functional — plus, it’s now where you’ll find a wonderful herb garden.

And as for churches, there are a few in Bammental that are worth seeing; like the Catholic St. Dionysius, or the Evangelical Church located at Pfarrgasse 4.

Ohh, I skipped ahead for a minute there. I forgot to mention that Bammental has a Local History Museum (called Heimatmuseum, found at the old train station). Within it are all sorts of artifacts from Roman times and the days of the dinosaur.

Of course, if you’re rather be outside than in, them might I suggest that you visit the town’s Waldschwimmbad, which is an outdoor pool in the forest? Or, you can get yourself a bike to tackle a number of bicycle trails through both the Odenwald and the Kraichgau countryside.

Be careful though, there are couple of long-distance bike paths. I say that ’cause you can’t leave yet — I haven’t gotten to the festivals yet.

Better do that now than later.

May is an exceptionally busy month that starts off with the Maibaumfest (oh wait, that’s on April 30th, but the Maifest starts on the 1st). But, the month does have the Spring Festival and the Lindenfest.

July is just as busy with Bammental’s Garden Party, Music Festival, and Familienfest. The Kerwe is an August event, with October hosting the Autumn Celebration, and the year ends with the obligatory Christmas Market in December.

I better tell you that it isn’t just festivals, churches, and a few old buildings in Bammental — you’ve also got tennis and fishing to do too.

Instead of saying you should set a few hours away for Bammental, I should’ve said a few days, huh? :-)

 

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