Pfinztal Is A Village Collection With Memorable Arts

Pfinztal provides you with a kind of four-in-one treat. Thanks to the community reforms of 1974, it is actually four villages in one. There is Wöschbach, Berghausen, Söllingen, and Kleinsteinbach.

This makes a trip to the Pfinztal area a bit of an explorer’s delight. Each mini-community is nearly 1,000 years old, with remains in Berghausen indicating that people have been coming here since the Neolithic area. They are attracted by the same things that will please you — a beautiful Black Forest landscape with small streams and gentle hills teeming with wildlife.

You can spend a pretty afternoon hiking between the different areas of the community. Berghausen is the biggest, and if you want to spend the night you may be motivated to reserve a room at the Zum Hotel, where Napolean Bonaparte also stayed. Alas, he was probably resting up to trash poor Kleinsteinbach, the most rebuilt of the foursome as it was frequently targeted in border wars. ;-)

In Wöschbach, you will find a town that describes itself as an “Island of Peace.” They claim the title due to the retreat from the congestion of high traffic and an emphasis on pastoral charms. It has been restored to a walkable and scenic charm, so have your camera ready for good landscape charms.

Söllingen is also a relaxation zone. However, this is due to formal spas established there. Nothing beats ending a long hike with a nice trip to the spa, so plan accordingly!

Also along the way, you will want to look for the memorial sculptures of Pfinztal. I won’t tell you which town they’re in because it’s worth stumbling over on your own.

Decidedly modernist, these large metal sculptures stand out from the rest of the architecture. They commemorate some of the war dead and those who were victims of socialism in the past.

 

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