Wiggensbach — A Priceless Hoard In The Allgäu

Drats, the dreaded writer’s block strikes again. What really stinks about that is, I know there’s plenty to see and do in the Bavarian Swabian town of Wiggensbach. And that’s not even the most awesome part of it either — you see, a priceless hoard from the 3rd century was found here.

It was so amazing, by the way, the find is most definitely museum worthy.

Not everyone’s lucky enough to find such an incredible discovery — but I’d say just enjoying Wiggensbach for its own sake is incredible enough. How could anyone disagree, the town’s (all 72 hamlets and 2 other towns of it) located in the Upper Allgäu, just west of Kempten.

Wandering around the Bavarian countryside hoping to find your own hoard might be an effort in futility. However, any time spent in the great outdoors around here is nothing short of spectacular. Perhaps this is why there are dozens of kilometers of bike trails, some 10km of Nordic Walking trails, and even a golf course if you got the urge to play the links.

And if you’ve got an urge to follow along some fantastic scenic routes, this is the place to be. Wiggensbach is situated ever so nicely along such routes like the Way of St. James, the Oberallgäuer Rundwanderweg (a circular hiking route), and a Käselehrpfad (Cheese Trail).

Cheese making has been done around here for a long time, so if you visit the Wiggensbach Information Center you can learn more about it — plus a bit of local history while you’re at it.

There’s another way to experience a piece of the town’s history without ever stepping into a museum setting. Just come see some of its architecture, like the Gothic church in Ermengerst, originally built way (way, way) back in 1360 as just a tiny chapel.

And for something a bit “darker,” come visit the Plague Cemetery. Poor Wiggensbach, it lost half of its population from 1628 to 1635.

A whole century before that (in 1525 actually), the Castle Suseck was destroyed — giving you the opportunity to visit a real medieval castle ruin.

Sweet!

Wait, that never comes out right when getting all excited about something like that. Oh well, I guess I’ll have to seriously consider changing my ways — but there’s no time since Wiggensbach always has something exciting going on. For me this time it’s the Weekly Market to keep me busy for a few hours on a Wednesday, but if you plan ahead you’ll be able to come for the Advent Bazaar in late November, the winter hikes, or the two Village Festivals.

Ohhh, would you look at that, my writer’s block has gone away. And I realize that all of Wiggensbach is priceless, not just its historical hoard. Don’t you think so, too?

 

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