Berglen — A Württemberg Delight For The Whole Body

The nine districts of Berglen in Baden-Württemberg are just a few (25) kilometers from the city of Stuttgart, along the edge of the Keuperhügellandschaft Berglen and the Welzheimer Wald.

Means nothing if you take that statement as it is, but it means that if you’re hiking or biking along the valley, you’re in for a true treat to the eyeballs.

With some 250 signposts out for direction (we Germans don’t just wander around), and info boards for the educational stuff, the great outdoors of Berglen is the place to be. Maps are available of the region, if you really need one.

A Local History Museum (called Heimatmuseum) in the village of Oppelsbohm can tell you a lot about how the town came to be. It’s also a good place to see many items of a bygone era — of school desks instead of electronic tablets; record players instead of iTunes; and rural homes instead of city condos.

To see it, you gotta do it on the last Sunday of the month between March and October — and only from 2pm to 5pm. If you’re lucky, and there’s a group of you, make an appointment — they’ll be happy to open the joint up for you at other times.

Don’t leave Oppelsbohm yet — its Evangelical Parish Church is quite pretty, with its grey stone and its half-timbered top. You’re welcome to join services on Sunday mornings at 10am.

That’s still plenty of time to get ready for the Herbstfest, or Autumn Festival. This October extravaganza is full of food, beer, and fun for everyone. Oh, except maybe the kids on the beer thing.

Hey, kids, put that beer down — leave it for the grown-ups. ;-)

Throughout the rest of the year, Berglen’s got its own Christmas Market on the third weekend of Advent; it has a Lindefest and Street Festival as well.

With all this going on, it seems that Berglen’s landscape isn’t just a treat for the eyes — but the whole town itself is a delight for the tummy, brain, and the soul. I don’t think you can ask for much more than that.

 

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