Lenningen — Within The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Swabian Alb

If I said that Lenningen was part of the Biosphere Reserve Swabian Alb, would that get your attention? What if I said it was only a few minutes south of Kirchheim unter Teck (OK, 10km), would you be more willing to visit?

What if I said there were caves where you could go spelunking, or pretend you’re Batman?

Oh, I had you at Biosphere Reserve Swabian Alb? Good. I didn’t know how much more I could have kept that up. ;-)

To be quite frank, there isn’t much other than the Biosphere Reserve, which lies within the Swabian Alb (duh!). But, even those of you out there that don’t like nature all that much will be mighty impressed with this UNESCO cultural landscape.

It’s your choice if you’d rather find yourself on hiking trails or take a leisurely bicycle stroll around. Don’t worry, it’s not like you have to travel through all of the Biosphere’s 29 municipalities and 85,000 hectares — just some of it.

Hidden within the Alb near Lenningen are a couple of caves, with the Gußmannshöhle and the Wolfsschluchthöhle (Wolf’s Glen Cave) being two of the most visited.

Don’t think you can only enjoy Lenningen’s part of the Swabian Alb during the warmer months. Winter’s a great time to get your skis waxed, bring your slalom partner and hit the slopes.

Cold weather not your cup of tea? Come inside Lenningen’s Museum of Paper and Book Art. Also within the museum building is the town’s library, where you might not be able to read the books in German, but you never know who you might meet.

Are you still cold? Come into one of Lenningen’s churches. With seven villages you’re sure to find one you like. I think the one in the center of Gutenberg has real charm.

I’m sure glad I didn’t spend all my time out in the Alb or within its caves pretending I was Batman.

 

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