Winnenden sits in the heart of the industrial south, not far from Stuttgart. Perched on a hill on the Western edge of Swabian Forest, its residents are a hardworking lot.
Kärcher is the biggest employer, known for its pressure washing equipment, followed by A&E Power Tools — so the cityscape reflects a certain practical industriousness in the architecture and lay out of the town.
There are no lofty castles, just a sprinkling of modest churches and a downtown market square. But let’s face it…
If you’re coming here, you’re not coming for the architectural wonders. You’re coming for one of the six — that’s right, SIX — seasonal festivals held in Winnenden. Just as they take a practical and straightforward approach to manufacturing, the locals also take a straightforward approach to festivities. Basically, the more the merrier! ;-)
It starts in May with the Winnender Wonnetag, newly added to the roster in 2004. Then, in July there is a swimming festival. August is the Winnender Wine Tasting festival. October has two festivals, and neither of them is an Octoberfest. One is the Autumn Market, and the other is Youth Days, which stretches into November. November and December are the Advent Days and Christmas market, which wraps into New Years which isn’t an official holiday but is merrily celebrated anyway.
Throw in the regular German holidays, and pretty much whenever you’re in town there’s a party going on somewhere!
Couples will also want to keep a firm hand on each other while here. Between the new boutique shopping mall that opened on the market square and the large number of power tool shops, separation is likely if you’re not carefully watching each other.
Still, the shopping is a nice rest from all the fun going on, and if walking in shops doesn’t thrill you the mountains can be hiked. Just remember to be back in town for the next night’s revelry! ;-)