If you walked due north from the city of Aalen, the next town over would be Hüttlingen. Don’t go wondering why I’d suggest walking, you see, Hüttlingen lies right along the eastern part of the Swabian Alb.
You know what that means, right? It means that even if you had to walk that kind of distance, for sure, you’ll fall in love with the town’s great outdoors. One of its outdoor attractions is its Skulpturenweg.
This isn’t your average, contemporary kinda art. Nope, most of the 31 pieces in the collection have a whimsical theme to them. You know, like Cinderella (#26), Rapunzel (#22), Hansel & Gretel (#18), and Puss in Boots (#13).
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Another way to experience Hüttlingen’s outdoors is to follow along the footsteps of the Romans. The German Limes Road is a 550km scenic route when the Roman Empire stretched between the mighty Danube and romantic Rhine.
What’s cool about this scenic route is a mosaic street, and a replica of a first century A.D. stove. Wow, we’ve come a long way in the cooking department, huh?
Don’t even think about cooking, grab a picnic basket of already-made goodies — then head to the Filgenbachwasserfall. This natural area is a quiet place to enjoy the scenery.
The Naturerlebnisbad in Niederalfingen is a little more lively. Open from May to September, this outdoor pool has a cool pebble beach.
When you’re done there, you must (like totally have-to) go see Burg Niederalfingen. Which is also known as the Marienburg, by the way. Call it whatever the heck you feel like — I just call it a marvelous 11th century castle that used to belong to the Hohenstaufens; now housing a Museum and Youth Center.
Hüttlingen’s got a couple of old churches, too. While technically not a church, the Schächergruppe is where folks would go to pray for a safe passage along a dangerous river crossing nearby.
But, as far as the old churches go — about two hundred years ago, people built the Andresles Käpelle. And if you think that’s old, a whopping six hundred years ago, folks around here built the Marienkapelle — and it’s still standing.
You won’t be after sightseeing around this place. Someone find me a chair. ;-)