Talheim (Heilbronn) — Dying For the Wine

Everyone’s probably heard that death and taxes are the inevitable, but here in the romantic town of Talheim (near Heilbronn), it’s all about death and wine.

Oh, I know this doesn’t sound like a very positive beginning — but trust me, a method to my madness exists.

You see, back in the early 1980s a mass grave dating back to around 5,000 B.C. was found here. Known as the “Death Pit of Talheim,” this prehistoric grave (with over 30 people buried in it) is a wealth of information on those who lived all those centuries ago.

As for the wine part of town, how many of you out there in cyber-world can’t appreciate sloped vineyards dotted with delicious grapes? I certainly do, and I’m quite fond of the community hikes around the vineyards, and all the wine events held throughout the year.

Just as many of you out there already know I’m quite fond of castles — so good thing there are two here to make me happy. The Obere Schloss (Upper Castle) is the older of the pair, built sometime in the 12th or 13th century. The Untere Schloss (Lower Castle) you see before you came along some 500 years later, but that’s built over the original one from the early years of the 1400s.

It seems the Church of St. Kilian is way older than either of the castles, since the oldest part of church was constructed a thousand years ago in the 11th century. Look, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it — don’t care the church standing these days is only about 600 years old. Whatever, because inside are beautiful Gothic paintings and grave plates belonging to royalty.

Please don’t think there’s nothing else to see but old castles and a medieval church, because there’s still quite a bit of town that requires exploration. In the center of town you’ll find some pretty half-timbered houses. It is, however, hard to tear yourself from lovely old buildings like the Alte Rathaus (Old Town Hall), but you’ll have to if you want to see the beauty of Talheim’s nature side.

And I don’t mean just the Mineral Spring (at Soultzmatter Straße), either. Nope, you’ll just love hiking along the Neckar River, around the Frankelbachsee (sorry, the Tauchsteinsee is private property), or strolling around on the Burgweg and/or Traubenweg.

Of course you could choose to bike along a number of trails instead — like the one that’ll take you past Schloss Liebenstein (over in Neckarwestheim). No worries if you get too tired, the longest route around town is only like 67km. ;-)

Ohh, that does sound like a lot when you think of it like that — perhaps sitting around making new friends at one of Talheim’s festivals is a better idea. One of the biggest events in town takes place over the course of a few days every two years — known as the Gassenfescht. The one in 2015 was a huge hit with locals and visitors alike.

Can’t make it in the summer? No worries, come for the Fisherman’s Festival in April instead.

Maybe I should have said Talheim is all about death, wine, and fun times — but what I do know is, I certainly want to come back for more. :-)

 

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