After spending the last few weeks in the Swabian region, I’ve finally gotten to the itsy-bitsy town of Heiningen. Now, to be honest, compared to some of its more famous neighbors (like Göppingen and Dürnau, to name a few) I was prepared not be all that dazzled. However, Heiningen manages to hold its own.
I found Heiningen is best enjoyed outside, not stuck behind museum and/or castle walls. You really want to get a feel for the place — take a leisurely horse and buggy ride. Or, you could always trek along one of its four Nordic Walking trails. No big deal if you’re not all that athletic, they have a beginners trail.
Heiningen (Göppingen) — Top Areas Of Interest
When you’re ready to get off the beaten path, I’d say it’s time to head out to the Burgruine Hiltenburg. Technically it’s a ruin, but I say the old 13th century castle is in pretty good shape; plus the view from the observation deck is nothing short of outstanding. How could it not, it’s the Swabian Alb you’re overlooking.
Staying in Heiningen puts you exceptionally close to some other nearby castles. The Wasserschloss Dürnau might not have its drawbridge anymore, but it’s still gorgeous.
Too bad not all that much is left of both Burg Oberrommental and Burg Lotenberg. The latter being a 13th century castle that once belonged to the Dukes of Teck. Yes, that’s the very family of none other than Queen Mary of Great Britain, Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother.
All right, enough of the history lessons; I told you Heiningen’s major claim to fame is the great outdoors. From here you should relax at the Voralbbad, where the water’s set a constant 25 degrees Celsius — with its own solarium, sauna, plunge pool, and beach volleyball court.
No, wait, I take that back. First, you should hike out on the Kornberg — one of the highest mountains in the region.
Ok, now you can go to the spa. I know that’s where I’ll be for a while… ;-)