Life’s not worth living if you can’t 1) eat, and 2) party with a few thousand friends who you haven’t met yet. Such is the life in the town of Hardheim in northern Baden-Württemberg, bordering Bavaria.
A number of festivals take place in Hardheim, which will give you the chance to introduce yourself to your new found friends.
The Joseph Market in the middle of March pretty much kicks off all the events, then the Summer Festival comes along in mid-June. October is a real festive kind of month, with the Thanksgiving Festival on October’s 1st weekend and the Wendelinus Market just about two weeks later; and the Christmas Fair takes place on the first weekend of December.
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Even if you don’t get a chance to meet everyone in town during one of the festivals at least you’ll eat good. And I don’t want to hear anything about calories and fat grams. Just go walk or cycle it off in the Odenwald or along the Hardheimer Mühlenweg.
You could always just take a guided Brewery Tour, which follows along to all the old breweries in Hardheim. Oh yeah, food and beer, now that makes life worth living.
Of course, drinking too much before hiking or cycling around the Odenwald, more specifically the Nature Park Neckar Odenwald, wouldn’t really be a good idea.
If you’re more interested in the historical side of Hardheim, I can tell you about that too. Everything should kick off at the Hardheimer Schloss, built in 1561. The moat is gone, the original use of the castle is gone — as it’s now the town’s Rathaus, or Town Hall building.
The other historical site to see is the Steinerne Turm, or Stony Tower, which was the dungeon of an old castle. And we all know that if you were imprisoned in one of those, you sure weren’t eating all that well.
I’d bet money that the Romans and the Celts that used to call this land home even ate better.
Told you life wasn’t worth living if you couldn’t eat. ;-)