For anyone whose close to Stuttgart, you might want to consider a day trip over to the town of Bondorf. You don’t need too much time here, and it’s easy enough to get to considering its easy accessibility along the A81 Autobahn, and the number of bus routes that trek on over here.
With the logistics out of the way, you’ll find the countryside of this Swabian town just delightful.
For the most part, Bondorf is an everyday average town, but don’t let that fool you. It has some good stuff to see, ya know.
One of the best place, in my not-so-humble opinion, is the Arboretum Bondorf. Along the footpath you’ll find some seventy different species to try identifying, but you’re totally on your own at the “insect hotel.”
So what if they can’t escape, I ain’t going anywhere near bugs. ;-)
I will, however, go over to the local golf course. Ah, some 27-holes await in an area of the Korngäu — a sweet area between the Black Forest and the Neckar Valley.
Drats, I’m over par because I was too busy oogling the landscape…
Too bad the Romans didn’t golf, they probably would’ve loved playing here. They were here, though, and all that’s left of them now is what remains of the nearby Villa Rustica, which wasn’t even discovered until the 1970s.
There really isn’t any incentive to head indoors yet, just so you know. The Schönbuch Nature Park is just wonderful, even if all you do is just mosey along a hiking trail.
Ah, there is one place that will take you indoors — the local Lutheran Parish Church.
There is one dark spot to Bondorf’s history, an old sub-camp of the Hailfingen-Tailfingen Concentration Camp was located just to the north of town at an old military airport. You’ll find a memorial to those who were here, if you’re on a quest to learn more about 20th century history.
Now in the 21st century, Bondorf is a place that’s bright and fun — and with that comes fun cultural events like the Krämermarkt in June (second weekend), and the Christmas Market (first weekend of Advent) — where folks are milling around, food is always a good subject, and the beer mugs are raised in good cheer.
Did I suggest a day trip to Bondorf? Silly me, it seems like you might need more time than that.