Knittlingen — Don’t Make Deals With The Devil When Drinking Wine

How do you manage to go up against cities like Karlsruhe, Heidelberg, Stuttgart, and Heilbronn? Easy, you add 700 years of viticulture, which is exactly what Knittlingen in the great Kraichgau did.

You also add in a bit of legend…

Originally known as Cnudelingen when the town was founded back in the 9th century, Knittlingen is said to be the birthplace of Johann Georg Faust in 1480. A museum dedicated to this alchemist, magician, healer, and fortune teller is here (housed within a historical early 18th century timber-framed building). Also here is the Faust archive, located within the Old Latin School.

Poor Faust, he died in an explosion in 1540 — said to be caused in his quest to make gold.

Hey, at least there’s a bi-annual (that’s every 2 years) Fauststadtfest in his honor. Not too shabby for a man who was said to have soul to the Devil at an inn in Staufen im Breisgau, wouldn’t ya say?

In between the Faust City Festival, you can spend ample time wandering around the North Black Forest region, the Naturpark Schwarzwald, and doing all sorts of cycling and hiking (whether close to the town’s lake or not).

The Black Forest is some of the most tranquil, beautiful real estate on the planet — so you’re bound to occupy your time in the grandest of settings. No wonder camping’s a big deal out here.

Non-nature lovers can always go to see the Steinhaus (Stone House) or the Protestant St. Leonhard’s Church at Marktstr. 9. Also on the Marktstraße are lots of those half-timbered houses that everyone loves so much.

I do too, but I’d still prefer to live in a medieval castle. Wouldn’t you? ;-)

Maybe a few liters of wine from the surrounding countryside will make me forget my woes of not owning one. With more than seven centuries of wine making, I know the stuff tastes goooood.

Try some for yourself, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Just don’t imbibe too much — you never know if the Devil that got Faust will want to make another deal. ;-)

 

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