There are days when you’re the pigeon — and there are days when you’re the statue, if you catch my meaning. Today is a day where I’m feeling like the statue. I’m not sure why. The afternoon started off easy enough, a trip to learn about the town of Schallstadt, not all that far from the Alsace.
I blinked, I was through it. Game Over. Thanks for coming, please come again. Yeah, it’s that small. Even smaller is its neighbor, Ebringen, half its size, a third of the population, and four times the sightseeing.
But, I’m not complaining. This is the Black Forest region, so no matter what — you’re not going to go wrong. ;-)
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To put a positive spin on it all, look at it this way, you’re centrally located in Schallstadt to be close enough to Bad Krozingen and Freiburg (both border the town on the north and south respectively).
And if you’re here, you might as well hike around the region looking for some stork nests. Yup, these pretty birds that like to bring babies (ha-ha) also like to spend some time in town.
There are at least two castles to see while you’re here. I guess I should say, what used to be two castles. Nothing at all remains of Burg Mengen, a lowland castle.
But, you can see where the old donjon and courtyard used to be at the Schneeburg ruins atop the Schönberg. This castle was built in either the late 13th or early 14th century, but it is known that it was destroyed during the Peasants’ War in 1525.
Schallstadt sits in the Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald District, meaning you’re awfully close to an Alemannic Cemetery that was used by the Alemanni for around 400 years (300-700 A.D.).
The Alemannic name for Schallstadt is Schallsched, by the way.
I’m sorry there’s not much else going on in Schallstadt’s districts, but I don’t feel like the statue anymore — I’ve had a good enough time here in Schallstadt to make me feel like the pigeon again. Or should I say stork? ;-)