Bietigheim — Surprises Along The Baden Asparagus Route

The name Bietigheim is an interesting name, don’t you think? It must be, because there are two of them in Baden-W├╝rttemberg. This particular one lies in the Baden region, near Baden-Baden and the Alsace.

It’s also much smaller than the other one, this one having just about 6,000 full-time residents. It’s also found right between the Rhine and the Black Forest.

The other Bietigheim, known as Bietigheim-Bissingen if you’re interested in knowing, has over 40,000 residents.

Who cares if it’s small, this Bietigheim is just the right place to see some real ancient history. Evidence has shown that the area originally started out as a Stone Age settlement, putting people living in the area some 6,500 years ago.

The Romans came along, and the town was a stop along a long Roman Road. The Franks and Merovingians came along — and the latter’s dead are buried in their own cemeteries here.

Interesting as that is, it is a medieval church that’s listed as Bietigheim’s landmark. Excuse me, a medieval chapel is the town’s landmark. The alte Kapelle is a fine example of stonework from 1150. On the inside you’ll find a baptismal font from the 1200s.

As much as it loves its history, Bietigheim has been named Unser Dorf hat Zukunft; or in English, Our Village has a Future, in 2003. They should’ve named it “Our Village has Good Eats,” if only because of its location along the Baden Asparagus Route.

Eating is on the agenda during the annual Bietigheim Festival every August, or the bi-annual Village Festival held on even-numbered years.

That sure is a lot for a town that’s not even fourteen square kilometers. And I think the only thing I haven’t mentioned yet was the World War I/II Memorial, the 1870/71 War Memorial, and the 19th century Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Oh yes, Bietigheim, you have a future and a long history. Heck, you even have some great biking trails through the Upper Rhine Valley and Hardtwald. Not only do you have an interesting name, you’re just interesting all around.

 

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