Ellwangen is located in the Jagst River Valley, flanked by thick Swabian forests. The nearness of such beautiful natural landscapes makes this your perfect choice for hiking and cycling, and even diving, thanks to numerous lakes nearby. Such aquatic activities as swimming, surfing, fishing, sailing and canoeing are also readily available.
With a history spanning twelve centuries, the town is rightly fully proud of its heritage, ancient residences, charmingly narrow streets, and impressive churches.
Visit the Collegiate Church of St. Vitus, thrice built upon this site since 764 A.D. and most recently in the 12th century, with its well-known basilica. The baroque Church of Schönenberg is another required sightseeing stop, established in 1639 and broadly renovated in the 18th century.
Overlooking the town, a Renaissance chateau from the early 1600s was also remodeled in the baroque style in 1726. The so-called Ellwangen Castle, or Schloss ob Ellwangen, is now a museum, where you can see treasured artwork, local craftwork, industrial history, and a collection of 30 dollhouses. Classical music concerts are held on the castle grounds, too, during April through September.
In fact, music is a major interest here all year round. You will have the opportunity to attend piano recitals, jazz guitar performances, and tributes to Mendelssohn and Hayden. There is also an active theater scene at the Speratushaus, featuring magic, comedy and stage plays.
Each summer, a special program is conducted in Ellwangen to support arts and culture. Enterprising artists are invited to showcase their works and talents, which seem to take over streets and buildings everywhere, including the marketplace — another must-see sight for you.
Every Wednesday and Saturday, stalls are set up in front of the basilica, where beautiful chestnut trees line the square. Take a little time to browse and reflect. Shoppers have walked your very steps since 1353. You can just feel the history around you. :-)