Zell im Wiesental — Textile Industry, Black Forest, Mozart

It’s been said that the town of Zell im Wiesental is in the extreme southern Black Forest.

I don’t know if I’d have put it that way myself, knowing that Zell lies just mere kilometers to the Swiss border. But well, the fact that this primo real estate is in the Black Forest does make it attractive, yes.

Were you aware that Zell im Wiesental is the hometown of Constanze Weber? Connie who? You might know her by her married name, Constanze Mozart — yup, Wolfgang Amadeus’ wife.

The very fact that good old Wolfgang’s wife came from Zell isn’t its only claim to fame. The entire town was specifically known for its textile industry, so there’s no better place to put a Textile Museum. It isn’t just “ohhh, look at the patterned cloth,” ya know. Here you’ll learn all about the process of how the material is woven in looms, the machinery of the industry, and how the material is dyed to just the right colors.

Long before Zell became famous for its textiles, it was a simple medieval town with medieval churches. St. Fridolin is probably the most famous in town, built here in 1545; and rebuilt again in 1699 and 1818.

I like the Church of St. Nicholas, built in 1267. Who in their right mind can pass on a medieval church?

And I like the Evangelical church in the village of Gresgen. The current place was put here in 1764, but had you been here in 1360 you’d have seen the original one. Don’t go expecting opulence or over-the-top details, this church is great in its simplicity — no bells & whistles, just you in a holy place.

The rest of your time in Zell can be spent between visiting the Schwarznau Game Reserve to see animals like deer and boar; or, you can party ’til the cows come home at the annual Zeller Fastnacht. This Carnival event’s been taking place for almost 400 years, so they’ve kinda got the whole thing down right.

You’ll be really lucky if you’re here for one of the cultural performances at Zell’s outdoor theater. Doesn’t matter if you don’t speak German, you’ll still have a good time.

The view from Zell is amazing, too. Some parts are at a whopping 1300 meters above sea level — forget Switzerland, I think I see Italy. Nope, I only got eyes for the Black Forest. ;-)

 

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