Kandern — Grapes, Alps, And Black Forest Castles

When I was a kid there was a TV show that used to have a “magical” mirror that could “see” all the little kids sitting at home watching. I see, Charlie. I see, Mary. Whatever, you get the point. And it was the town of Kandern that brought me back to my happy childhood days.

How? Because I see, Germany. I see, France. I see, Switzerland. Get it now?

Kandern is lucky enough to be right at the border of these three countries, as well as at the edge of the mystic Black Forest. Yeah, nice little piece of real estate you guys got there, huh?

Kandern might not even have been on your list of places to see. Maybe you kind of wandered in following the red lozenge signs of the 285km long Westweg; which is part of the E1 European Hiking Trail that runs from Basel to Pforzheim.

If you’ve hiked this far, you’ve earned yourself a stiff drink. Go ahead, have a glass of wine — you’re certainly in the right place for it. Hundreds of acres are just lined with beautiful vineyards, all with one purpose — to make German wine!

Most of the vineyards are located in the villages of Feuerbach (which also has a pretty medieval church) and in Tannenkirch.

Tannenkirch is one of the most historical, so it’s not just about the grapes. There are awesome views of the Alps and Black Forest, a church with medieval frescoes, storks for bird watching, and a favorable Mediterranean climate.

Wollbach’s got the museums. One is a restaurant/museum with the works of local artist Max Böhlen; the other is a local history & ceramics museum with fine examples of medieval pottery.

Am I missing anything?

Actually, I am. The 10th century village of Riedlingen has a golf course and an outdoor theater that showcases many performances for two weeks every summer.

Every thing in Sitzenkirch came after the end of the Peasants’ War (in 1526), as the entire town was leveled; except the 13th century Romanesque church — that one still stands.

Holzen has wine, too. But it also has its own share of storks (again, for more bird watching), and the town’s Rathaus.

There are two last places to see in Kandern; and you’ll find them just north of town. It’s the ruins of the 13th century Sausenburg Castle. The other is the 18th century Rococo Castle Bürgelin — which is NOT in ruins.

I guess I can play my childhood game another way: I see, castles. I see churches. I see vineyards. Whatever, you get the point. ;-)

 

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