Writing these webpages isn’t as easy as it looks. Sometimes I have to be serious, for others I try (somewhat badly at times) to be funny. All in all, the bottom line is I try to give you a look into the life of a typical German town.
There are festivals and old castles, parks and lakes, famous and infamous people. Then there are places like the town of Ispringen — where it’s just ordinary folks sitting around picnic tables talking and eating, listening to music, and it’s just an average day just north of the “golden” city of Pforzheim.
That’s what I like about Ispringen, no frills — no fluff; where the water of the Kämpfelbach makes its way to the Rhine and you’d never know the area was plundered and pillaged during the Napoleonic Wars.
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Enough of the philosophical stuff — you’re here to have a good time. And I can’t think of anything better to do that than at one of Ispringen’s festivals or cultural events.
The latter half of the year is real fun time to be here — it’s when the annual Herbstfest (Autumn Festival) is going on in October, followed by upcoming Christmas events like the Christmas Bazaar, when mulled wine stands go up to imbibe a little, and Jazz brunches are taking place.
That’s not entirely fair to the earlier months of the year, though. Come February when you’ve got the Rosenmontag Ball to attend, not to mention the May Day events (May 1st).
In between partying like there’s no tomorrow, you’ve still got sightseeing to do. Schloss Bauschlott (in nearby Neulingen) is a start — see if you can tell how old this brightly colored castle really is.
OK, I’ll tell you — it was originally built in 1540.
A couple of “natural monuments” await, out over by Eisingen. Some call it a sinkhole, but it used to be a Roman quarry — so is it really?
If this is an average day, I’d like to think of how amazing it must be on an extraordinary day here in and around Ispringen…