Großbottwar — A Refined Half-Timbered Town

If I were to put every pretty town in Germany in a hat (to pick the best one) I think I’d need one bigger than a 10-gallon Stetson. But, I do know that the town of Großbottwar would be in it.

Positioned between Ludwigsburg and Heilbronn, Großbottwar is a refined town of rolling hills and vast meadows of green fields.

Farming’s no stranger to Großbottwar, the Romans were doing back in the 3rd century AD; and Stone Age man lived here long before the Italians had their brick factory here.

Thanks to a bit of luck, Großbottwar didn’t suffer by any ravages of war, nor did it experience any devastating fire; so, many of its framework houses and buildings are still around. One of its most beautiful one is its Town Hall from the 1550’s; although its clock tower wasn’t added for another two centuries.

It’s not the oldest building, that’s the Stadtschänke built in 1434. It’s also one of the oldest in the Ludwigsburg District.

Another timber-framed jewel is the Crooked House. It looks a bit odd, but it’s most certainly not leaning or anything like that.

Oops, sorry, I’m wrong. The Stadtschänke is the oldest framework building; the St. Martin Church is really the oldest building, built in 1279.

I’m sure someone said, “Man can’t live by architecture alone” (I think that might even have been me); so here’s your jumping off point to getting out amongst the vineyards or climbing up Großbottwar’s observation towers. It’s been thrilling outdoor adventure seekers since 1889.

It wouldn’t be proper to not tell you about the Alb-Neckar Bike Path, for another kind of outdoor pursuit. Tell ya what, do the bike route first — then go to the observation tower; there’s a picnic area here.

Forget the beer and brat this time; I’ll meet up with you for some wine & cheese. This is a refined area of Baden-Württemberg, after all.

 

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