Gaildorf — Big City Fun On A More Intimate Scale

Big cities are usually the ones where culture and area attractions run the gamut from the classical to motorsports. Not true in the case of Gaildorf. This place has everything you can think of: idyllic countryside, sports, and festivals. Oh, and its enormous castle helps, too. :-)

This part of Baden-Württemberg is Swabian country, which means you’ll find gorgeous countryside and ultra-friendly, hardworking people who speak German with an “accent.” Though you might not run into too many along Gaildorf’s numerous footpaths and cycling trails.

If you visit between April to October, then climb the Kerner Tower (open Sundays only) for an overlook of the Swabian region.

If the prettiness of Gaildorf doesn’t draw you in, then maybe its sports will. Gaildorf hosts an international motorcross event (since 1964) bringing riders from far away as the United States and Australia.

In January, when the weather’s a bit cold, Gaildorf holds the annual Youth Football Tournament (indoors) with 16 of Europe’s best youth teams. Oh wait, let’s clarify — that’s a soccer tournament; not American football!

Every two years, Gaildorf has its annual Blues Festival on the 1st weekend in July. On the off years, the town has a “Raft Celebration” in its place. Either way there’s music and food, all anyone needs to have a blast.

Another big draw to Gaildorf is the Horse Market (2nd Monday in February). Some 20 to 30-thousand visitors flock here checking out all the horses.

For a different type of history and culture, look no further than the Altes Schloss. This massive old castle, with its own courtyard, lies within the heart of the city and has since it was built in the 15th century. This stone & half-timbered structure houses Gaildorf’s City & Local History Museum, as well as a bunch of chamber musical concerts. Imagine the acoustics!

Gaildorf’s small town charm is a fresh relief from the big city chic (ex., Stuttgart is pretty close). It’s also where you can enjoy big city fun on a more intimate scale.

 

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