Hemmingen — Wine, History, And… Stuff Swapping!

Close to Stuttgart in Baden-Württemberg is the town of Hemmingen that’s known for its wines, castles, festivals and markets.

What it really should be famous for is its Glems-Mühlen-Weg, stretching on past mills, orchards and meadows for 40 km from Glemseck (part of Leonberg) to Markgröningen.

You’ll be passing many mills and farms along the way, that used to grow everything from wheat to sugar beets; now many are growing corn.

Whatever they’ve got, eating great is always an option in Hemmingen (the cherries and other fruits are delicious). And especially so once you’ve gotten ahold of a fine Württemberg wine.

You can buy one just about anywhere, but wouldn’t it be nice to get one while shopping at Hemmingen’s Advent Market (late November), or its Krämermarkt just two weeks before?

Eat up now, because we’ve got a lot to see here in Hemmingen. The first order of business is to see the St. Laurentius Church. It was a typical medieval church, until it had to be rebuilt during the Renaissance.

Closeby is the Emperor Stone, a memorial to commemorate the visit of Kaiser Wilhelm in the 1880s.

Are you going to ask me if Hemmingen has a castle? I know you are, and I’m happy to tell you that, yes they do. Two in fact.

Hemmingen Castle is now the local Rathaus; while the other is a 14th century Burg with half-timbered gables and English Gardens.

As for half-timbered houses, yeah, Hemmingen’s got those as well. Keep your camera handy at all times, OK?

One stop in Hemmingen might sound a bit creepy, but the 5th century graveyard at the cemetery is a piece of history.

Forget history for a minute, hopefully you’ll be here for Hemmingen’s Onion Festival in October, or its Street Festival (chocked full of jugglers and other merry makers), or its Harvest Festival in early October.

And one day each July the residents get together for what’s known as Warentauschtag — which is like a swapmeet for getting rid of items (gently used, mind you) around the house.

Hey, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! :-)

 

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