From the north, to the east and west, all the way to the south of Germany will you find something, somewhere that will make you want to stop and check it out. No. Correction. Compel you to stop and check it out.
Engen, in the southern part of Baden-Württemberg, is that “compelling” town.
Engen, a town with only about 10,000 residents, really packs a whollop in the sightseeing department; and on the touristy routes department, too. This town lies on the Neckar-Alb-Aare Roman Route and the (deep breath!) Schwarzwald-Querweg Freiburg-Bodensee hiking trail. How’s that for a pretty awesome start?
Whether you choose to follow these roads or not, there’s still plenty more where that came from. If you want a castle, Engen’s got one (at least) and it’s name is Castle Neuhausen. And the Krenkinger Schlössle has been here for more than 800 years, though it has been renovated from time to time (thank that fire in 1640).
Museums? No problem. A visit to the Urban Museum will fit the bill. Not only does it have a large archaeological collection but, it has modern art and many cultural history exhibits.
Engen’s even got an “Old Town” with cobblestone streets, a fountain deadsmack in the center with a church steeple in the background. Who doesn’t have visions of old European villages that look like this? The “Counts” that are buried here at the Church of Maria Ascension only add to the town’s historical charm.
The best festival in Engen is probably Fastnet. Come Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) that happens before the start of Lent on the Christian calendar is steeped in tradition. Just ask the Fool’s Guild that’s been putting on a spectacle since 1850.
For Engen’s natural beauty, it’ll be hard pressed to find something more beautiful with Stone Age caves awaiting for you to come explore. The Old Town Garden has a war memorial and the New City Garden has a lake. Choose one, choose both — either way you won’t be disappointed.
However, don’t let the name fool you, the large recreational area known as Ice Age Park wasn’t completed until 2003.
Believe me now that Engen is just that fantastic? :-)