If it wasn’t for scenic routes like the Schwäbische Albstraße, even I, German Traveler Extraordinaire, couldn’t know about places like Böhmenkirch — located in the Swabian Alb. But, now that I’ve found this amazing piece of Heaven on Earth, I will shout its wonders from every platform I can find.
What grabbed my attention the most, was all the cultural events and other activities held throughout the year. You’ll find everything from a Classic Car Festival (who doesn’t just love old cars), a Gemeindefest (Community Festival) every June, followed with a Summer Party, Village Festival, Schuppenfest (Shelter Festival), and Brunnenfest (Fountain Festival) in July alone.
Whew, what a party animal you are, Böhmenkirch. Oh yes, and I haven’t even mentioned the Spring Festival (April), the many Maypole events, the Straßenfest (Street Festival), or the Pfingstmarkt at Pentecost, or the Christmas Market and Christmas Concerts yet, have I?
Don’t let Böhmenkirch’s good cheer fool ya, it wasn’t always like this. If you visit the Galgenlinde, just remember that’s where they used to hang you, way back in the medieval day.
Thankfully, they don’t do that anymore — but another medieval site you might want to see is the Burgrest Ravenstein. That is, you could see it, if this 11th century castle wasn’t demolished way back in 1765. A little imagination is all you need to see where its mighty walls once stood, that’s for sure.
Imagination may not be needed when paying a meek visit to the Lourdes-Grotte in the Treffelhausen district. Not sure if that’s the reason for the town belonging to the Way of St. James, though.
Böhmenkirch’s churches are also nice to see, like the St. Vitus Church — all graceful with its arched windows. It looks like a typical Gothic church, but it’s of a neo-Gothic design, not built until 1865. I think the Patrizkapelle is probably the prettiest of them all, especially after a freshly fallen snow.
As for snow, winter’s a great time to visit. You got your choice of three different ski lifts, and four cross-country ski trails for loads of winter fun. I’d save the various Nordic Walking trails for warmer weather, ranging from 5.5 km on the Blue Route to 10.5 km on the Black one.
Trust me, this is the Swabian Alb — no matter which one you travel on, you’ll just love it. For me, it’s Friday, so I’m going to see what goodies I can find at the Weekly Market. See ya there!