Ditzingen is located not far from Stuttgart, at the other end of a long agricultural greenbelt.
The community has grown considerably since the end of World War II, and is popular as a weekend getaway as well as a residential commuter area. You will find a postcard-ready old town area, water sports, and historical architecture here.
The old town area is really one of the biggest visual attractions. The star of the half-timbered square is a building known as the “Three Gables House,” which is pretty recognizable thanks to… big surprise… the three gables! ;-)
It is lovely in the summer but really a treasure in the winter when they do it up with Christmas lights.
The Three Gables House does do more than simply look pretty, however. As the former Ditzingen Town Hall, it now serves as the library. You can visit it for photos and then stop into the nearby town museum for a local history tour.
You will also want to be sure to walk over and see the churches. The Konstanzer Speyrer Church dates back to the 13th century. It’s an interesting contrast point with the Catholic churches built in the 1970s, like the Holy Trinity — pretty neat to see how the elements of style have changed!
If you tire of the buildings in town, you can always turn to the water. Ditzingen sits on the right side of the Glems, which is an offshoot of the Enz river. You can enjoy a hike along the water or engage in some light water sports during the summer.
You may also get a thrill from riding the trains. There are historic steam railway rides available periodically on the Black Forest Railway. When the trains first arrived, it was a big deal for the town, but now they are just a big novelty.
Why not check them out — it’s not everyday you can chug through the Black Forest and still be back in town for a pleasant evening. ;-)