In the northwestern part of the Kraichgau lies the wine growing town of Gemmingen. It’s a relatively small town, just over nineteen square kilometers, comprised of just two towns — Gemmingen itself, and Stebbach (which was “added” in 1974).
What’s really nice about Gemmingen (and its surroundings) are its nearby castles. Its most famous castle in town is the 16th century Unterschloss Gemmingen. While the moat (and the original castle from the Middle Ages) might be gone, the castle park is still around — and the Schlosspark is the venue for all kinds of concerts and other festivities.
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Burg Streichenberg is another of Gemmingen’s castles. The original castle was constructed way back in the 13th century, only to be partially destroyed during the Thirty Years’ War conflict in the 17th century. These days the castle is partially in ruins, and partially rebuilt — but it’s still a wonderful example of medieval architecture.
Now that I think about it, there is all kinds of wonderful architecture found all over the place. The Gemmingen Rathaus (Town Hall) is a pretty example of early 20th century design, while the half-timbered Rathaus in Stebbach comes from the mid-18th century. Another grand half-timbered design is the Rentamt, still beautiful after 300 years. And let’s not forget about old churches, like the Protestant Church from the 1840s, while we’re talking about this stuff.
Don’t think for one minute you’re stuck looking at nothing but old buildings around here. Nope, this is a town that can party with the best of them. So gear up for a good time at the Dorfplatzfest (end of May), the Frühlingsfest (March), the Waldfest (also in May), the Parkfest (July), a Kirchweih (September), an Erntedankfest (October), and a Christmas Market.
And for those of you who want more, a day at the outdoor swimming pool is a fantastic way to spend some time.
Not bad for a little town that started out as a simple Roman settlement, is it? As vast as the Roman Empire once stretched, I’d like to think the Romans who lived here loved it — just as much as I do.