Haßmersheim — Curative Cycling Along The Neckar

A wonderful thing about a town that isn’t overflowing with a million things to do, is it offers those visiting a chance to get to know what is here a whole lot better.

Whew, that was a mouthful — but when it comes to the town of Haßmersheim, it’s all about quality over quantity.

Nothing wrong with that, is there? Just like I can’t find anything wrong with Castle Guttenberg. The views from the castle are fantastic, although I’d say the thought of this 15th century castle’s torture chamber are downright creepy. Guttenberg is closed to visitors from December to March, but the castle’s bird shelter is open year round. So no matter the weather, you’re able to see everything from owls to eagles for flight demonstrations — and learn how the shelter cares for injured animals.

As for the nature side of Haßmersheim, you won’t find anything better than the Salz- und Sole-Radweg (Salt & Brine Cycle Route). This 36-kilometer route has more than two dozen information boards, as well as offering a chance to see an old mine — and the chance to swim in brine. Hey, don’t balk, it seems to be quite therapeutic!

Even if all you want is just a quiet hike, Haßmersheim can deliver. This is the Neckartal as well as the Odenwald region, so it’s a delightful trek no matter what direction you head off in. No worries about car traffic if you’re traveling over the local pedestrian/bicycle bridge, that stretches for some 222-meters.

Hmm, functional German engineering.

Just be sure you leave yourself time to visit the town’s Schiffahrtsmuseum. Ah, don’t let the word scare ya — it’s just the German way of saying it has a Maritime Museum. The museum itself is located near the town’s Evangelical Church, a petty 19th century building that was constructed over an even older one — and shouldn’t be confused with the Catholic Church, also from the 19th century.

For those of you out there who appreciate a good party, Haßmersheim has a whole bunch of those. Carnival kicks off the events in February, while the Maibaumfest is an end of April affair. The end of May brings on the Hafenfest (Harbor Festival) and the Burgfest (Castle Festival), followed by the Corpus Christi events, and the Brunnenfest (Fountain Festival) in July, and an obligatory Kerwe in August.

October’s a grand month to be here in Haßmersheim, since that’s when the town hosts yet another Kerwe (in the village of Hochhausen), and a Wine Festival. Plus, there’s a Nikolausmarkt (early December), followed by a Christmas Market in late December.

Now I know what I said about quality over quantity, but all of these festivals and events are totally outstanding — giving everyone who comes to Haßmersheim the best of both worlds.

 

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