Wangen im Allgäu can’t but amaze its visitors with its blend of vivacious historicity and cultural enthusiasm. Ravaged by three devastating fires, the little town has emerged from it with even more beauty and resilience that will inspire you to get to know every nook and cranny of this picture book town.
Perhaps it’s a good idea to begin your explorations of Wangen im Allgäu from the Market Place (Marktplatz). Here’s where you’ll see the 13th century Town Hall remodeled to the Baroque style during the 18th century.
Close by is the Oberstadtkirche St. Martin or the St. Martin’s Upper City Church. This Gothic beauty is purported to have been built around the 13th century, but remains intact and still inspires the greatest awe from visitors.
Don’t miss the St. Anthony’s Fountain as you head for the south of the Marktplatz. The Ravensburg Gate is another landmark that would bear exploring. With a history dating back to the 15th century, it has undergone renovations as late as the 17th century leaving it now a perfect specimen of Renaissance art. The Lindau Gate is another of this kind that you’ll come across as you leave the Marktplatz and stroll along the lovely Paradiessstraße (English: Paradise Street :-).
There’s more to be explored in Wangen im Allgäu. It would be a good idea to visit the Heimatmuseum in der Eselmühle or the local history museum to get information about this historic town. The museum itself used to be an old mill. The original equipment still dominates the scene inside.
In the vicinity of the museum you’ll find the Eichendorff Museum with its Silesian Archives. If you have a literary bend here’s where you’ll spend quite some time poring over the archives of novelist Gustav Freytag and Hermann Stehr.