Schemmerhofen — Jinxed Castles And No Autobahn

I think someone put the jinx on the castles in the Upper Swabian town of Schemmerhofen.

What, I never said I wasn’t the superstitious type, did I? But, the big question is WHY do I think that someone put the jinx on the town’s castles?

How about because nothing remains of all four of Schemmerhofen’s castles. Yup, could you believe it? That’s too bad, because I’m sure the hilltop Castle Langenschemmern was a formidable sight to been seen. And the Wasserburg (that would be water castle) Langenschemmern, that was built in 1358, only stood for only 90 years before it too was totally destroyed.

Schemmerhofen Castle suffered the same fate; and it does take some imagination to picture what the original 13th century castle looked like.

At least Castle Aufhofen was a force to be reckoned with for more than two centuries. It finally fell just as the 16th century dawned on the horizon.

I’m telling you about Schemmerhofen’s castles (or lack thereof) because you can at least see where these magnificent structures once stood.

While castles might have dominated the landscape during the Middle Ages, so did churches. Then again, not every church is a medieval one. Oh, that sounds so philosophical, doesn’t it?

Either way, you’ll want to see Schemmerhofen’s churches, which would be the churches of St. Nicholas, St. Ulrich, and St. Michael.

Now for something totally different…

Did you know that Upper Swabia has no Autobahn? Not that it’s a total bad thing — you get to see much more of the countryside when you take the backroads, ya know.

You’ll pass by many dairy farms, as well as find a good number of quiet & peaceful hiking and biking trails. Wow, it sure is pretty here in this part of Baden-Württemberg.

I’m still wondering how Schemmerhofen’s castles were so jinxed, but I wouldn’t let that stop me from coming here. I sure hope it doesn’t stop you either.

 

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