Kusterdingen — Cultured Town With Green Tiled Church

Just to the east of Tübingen in Baden-Württemberg is the town of Kusterdingen. It’s biggest “claim to fame” is its medieval church, the Kunsterdinger Marienkirche.

But, before you go off thinking this is some grand dame of churches you’ll be disappointed.

That said, I by no means imply that the Mary Church isn’t special. Quite the contrary, it’s just that this 11th century Romanesque church is simple and understated which is why this church is utterly fantastic. It did have a Gothic facelift; and its chapel is dedicated to St. Michael.

It has a green tiled roof (different, no?) and its four bells did have to be replaced after being damaged during World War II. Each one is inscribed, and although you might not be able to read it, their chimes are the pride of Kusterdingen (and the district of Tübingen).

Despite having a more famous neighbor like Tübingen, Kusterdingen is a very cultured city (sorry, an inhabited area with just about 8,000 people isn’t a “city,” it’s a small town).

But, that’s totally irrelevant to the story, is it not? ;-)

Anyway, the town (city, whatever you want to call it) has a Local History Museum (called Heimatmuseum) filled with traditional costumes and such; and Kusterdingen’s old monastery is now a cultural center (housed in a building from the 1770’s). It’s the site of many of the town’s cultural events, like the Summer Festival in July and the Community Festival, also in July.

Not all of Kusterdingen’s festivals take place at the “kloster.” The Harvest Festival in October, the Christmas Concerts and Christmas Market (usually late November) take place throughout other venues around town.

Hey, any place that has Christmas caroling during the holiday season is all right in my book — even if its church isn’t as “grand” as one of those world famous Cathedrals.

 

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