In the town of Heimsheim you learn mighty fast that you don’t have to be an exceptionally big town to offer history and culture to both visitor and resident alike. Bordering the town of Weil der Stadt, Heimsheim is a charming place that manages to blend nature and culture so neatly within less than fifteen square kilometers.
One of the best places to see this neat package in action is at the Graevenitzsches Schloss, an old castle (whose oldest part dates back to around the year 1415) that’s now the town’s Rathaus (Town Hall) and Community Center. You’re more than welcome to come see what used to be the castle’s Tithe Barn, its old church, and the castle’s Great Hall.
If you’d rather get out and about, then I’d suggest any one of the many hiking or bike trails through the region known as the Heckengäu. This nature area is full of amazing flora and fauna, passing along orchards and other what-nots.
For those wanting to stay a bit closer, I’d recommend the Nature Reserve Trail, a 2 or 3 hour hike that runs from Betzenbuckel to Friolzeim. It probably wouldn’t be a good idea to do the trail when Heimsheim has one of its many festivals taking place, though. ;-)
In my humble opinion, I’d say the Autumn Festival (in October) has got to be one of the best — the weather’s great, the beer keeps you warm, and the faces are friendly. The Gemeindefest is held in December, and shouldn’t be confused with the Christmas Market that comes along a few weeks later.
There are other cultural events throughout the year, like Football tournaments, Literature events, Community Book Sales, and other Christmas events. Consider these activities a great way to meet the neighbors.
Heimsheim might seem a world away, but it’s an easy bus ride from places like Leonberg — so be sure you come on over. OK?