Schönaich is a great town for partying. Oh, I’m not saying that you won’t find some wonderful historical sites in the area, it’s just that we Germans love our festivals and markets, too. Lucky for all, Schönaich’s got more than most!
First off, getting to Schönaich for these markets and festivals is quite easy. It’s not like you’re in the middle of nowhere, only 5km southeast of Böblingen. So frequent bus service is available from Böblingen as well as Stuttgart. Good if you plan to drink some locally produced wines (or beer) so you don’t have to worry about getting back home.
Most of Schönaich’s festivals are really family-friendly affairs, especially its festivals centered specifically around the children (DUH!). The Duck Lane Celebration on the 1st weekend of July is two days of children’s theater, food, and music. Schönaich also hosts a Children’s Flea Market twice a year, once in the Spring and one in the Fall.
An grown-up Flea Market is held in town twice a year with a chance to shop all day since it’s open from 8am-6pm.
Schönaich’s Christmas Market (3rd Advent) is fun affair for everyone, too. There’s lots of street food, shopping, decorations, and activities for the kids. You’re bound to find something for just about everyone on your Christmas shopping list!
Shopping for yourself is always a good idea, so treat yourself to teas, spices, and textiles at the Shopkeeper’s Markets held in January and June. In case you can’t make it then, at least you can eat up on fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, and pastries at the weekly market.
If you prefer something a bit more historical, Schönaich does have a Local History Museum (called Heimatmuseum) housed in the Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall). However, it’s only open the 1st Sunday of the month from 3pm-5pm.
The town of Schönaich might not have too much sightseeing, but makes up for it with its shopping and festivals!