If I had a magic wand, I’d wave it as you read this so you could see a panoramic view of Gottmadingen with green fields and rolling mountains. Oh wait, this is my fantasy — so let’s say that I do have one.
There’s a lot to see here, so you best bring your comfy walking shoes. Especially since there are five castles, burgs, or a Schloss (if you will) to see. All that remains of the ruins of Burg Heilsberg are some of its walls. A sad end to an early 14th century castle that’s been destroyed for more years than it was built.
Burg Kapf is also a ruined castle; but, Schloss Randegg (in one of the town’s six villages) is quite the opposite. It’s bright, cheery, and whimsical looking. If you get the chance, go check out Schloss Gottmadingen and Schloss Bietingen, too.
Gottmadingen — Top Areas Of Interest
Other sites to see in Gottmadingen is the Old Town Hall that was built in the 15th century and can be found right in the middle of town. There’s no confusing this half timbered gem with the New Town Hall that’s housed in another old building (not nearly as old, this one comes from the turn of the 20th century).
Only a few more things to go before you can head off to Lake Constance (or, the Bodensee as it’s known in Germany). There’s a tractor museum and the bell that rings over at St. Ottilia is the oldest in the entire country (1209).
The Jewish Cemetery is also another site to see. At one point almost 50% of Randegg’s population was Jewish, but none remained after 1940.
All right, you’ve now earned your trip over to the Bodensee. Wait, *POOF* — I’m waving my magic wand to take you there; where you can suntan (I know it’s bad for you), sail, or whatever other watersport you think of. Take a look around — that’s Switzerland over there in the distance!
Just make it back to town for the “End of Summer” Celebration in mid-September. If you think you’re gonna be late, call me and I’ll wave that magic wand of mine so you can make it! ;-)