Vöhringen (Iller) — Albs, Sports, And Slot Machines?

When you think of Bavaria, and its many small towns like Vöhringen (Iller), many things come to mind. Like, the majestic Alps reaching skyward, emerald green meadows, medieval castles, and many flowerbox lined timber-framed houses.

What you don’t think of are slot machines. Yes, the Las Vegas, bell ringing, coin clanging one-armed bandit. Vöhringen was the birthplace of Mr. Charles August Fey, inventor of the modern gambling pastime.

Don’t worry, you won’t find any of those here; you’ll get the more traditional historical and outdoor experience. But, truthfully, Bavaria is one of those places that really is best experienced outdoors. Who wouldn’t love to play a game of tennis or miniature golf with the Swabian Alb painted in the background? :-)

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with taking a rafting tour down Vöhringen’s Iller River either. Plus, there are a couple lakes around that are just perfect for more of a less ambitious pursuit, like sunbathing.

For anyone who prefers to stay dry, there are numerous walking and bicycling trails that wind their way along the river. The Illerzeller Auwald forest is made for hiking with its dense flora and fauna.

Vöhringen isn’t without its historical stuff, too. Since the area has been settled for thousands of years, there’s an Archaeological Museum nearby filled with many prehistoric and early human exhibits. You’ll even find some a chateau or two within the region. Not to mention, in the neighborhood of Illerberg its St. Martin’s church is considered to be one of the most outstanding Baroque buildings in the entire area.

When you’re looking for more culture around Vöhringen, then its Culture Center is exactly the place to go. Many concerts, comedy, art exhibits, and a variety of other artistic talents are held within its walls.

Well, you might not be gambling during your stay in Vöhringen. You most definitely won’t mind, considering there’s more than enough to keep you busy otherwise.

 

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