It’s quite crazy to think that every town in Germany is busting at the seams with framework houses, historic churches, and castles that belong in a horror or Disney film. If you come to Neuried in Baden-Württemberg expecting all that, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Wait! Before you stop reading while thinking, why bother going any further if Neuried doesn’t have these things? Hear me out. I didn’t say you wouldn’t find some of these things — I just said places like Neuried isn’t chocked full of them.
Neuried is the quintessential REAL Germany. A place where folks go about their daily life, go to church, and party like there’s no tomorrow when there’s a festival. Oh, and sit by one of the nearby lakes and barbeque with friends.
While there’s no horror movie castle, Neuried is close to the Burgruine Hohengeroldseck (in nearby Seelbach), which means the Castle Hohengeroldseck is in ruins.
The town sits in a lowland forest with little lakes with BBQ grill pits. So, grab yourself some wurst, wine, and beer; and chill out with friends and family.
After a day soaking up the sun’s rays, come into town and see Neuried’s many framework houses. You’ll probably wear yourself out with all this activity so it’s nice that Neuried has a few little guesthouses to make visitors feel welcome. And don’t worry about going hungry, there are plenty of little restaurants in town ranging from pizzeries to traditional German cuisine.
The Rheinfest (held in May at the Festplatz) is also where you’ll find traditional German cuisine, as well as music. The Fastnacht Festival is a fun merry making event that occurs right before the start of Lent — so join in the fun in the middle of winter
End your stay at the nearby Europa-Park and a few Roman sites (the town is on the Roman Road, after all); and you’ve got yourself one pretty awesome trip.
Just one thing… the church in Schutterzell holds both Protestant and Catholic services. But, I don’t think you get extra points in Heaven if you stay for both. ;-)