When traveling along the Upper Swabian Baroque Route in Baden-Württemberg you’ll come across the little known town of Kißlegg, once an old Roman settlement.
From the looks of the place it’s changed a bit from those days, but it still has an “Old World” German charm.
Wait, back up a second… the Upper Swabian Baroque Route? What’s that? It’s a German scenic route that highlights the absolute very best of Baroque architecture in a region known as Upper Swabia.
So? So that means you’ll have the very best of Upper Swabia’s culture and cuisine mixed with some of the most ornate embellishments put to castles and churches. Like the Neues Schloss, a Baroque castle and chapel built in 1721 and 1722, respectively.
Considered to be one of the exquisite in the region is the Parish Church of Sts. Gallus & Ulrich. Technically it’s now a Baroque masterpiece, but the original was of Gothic design.
Pre-Baroque is Chapel of the Holy Spirit (built 1575) with 15th century paintings that predate the structure you see today. And there’s also the Altes Schloss, a castle with four towers that took ten years to build (1560-1570). The best part is it’s still beautiful after four centuries.
Another great thing about Upper Swabia is its countryside. So, get yourself motivated to leave the churches and castles (oh stop, it’ll only be for a short time) and hike or bike around the peat bogs.
Don’t worry if you’re a bit tired, there are plenty of camp sites in the area.
Also a day spent at Kißlegg’s outdoor swimming pool is never wasted since you’re enjoying the fresh Upper Swabian air. There might not be any “spas” in town — but Kißlegg borders Bad Wurzach, so you’ll find one just a cat jump away.
I don’t think there’s any need to do that though. Kißlegg is pretty awesome in itself, so there isn’t any reason to leave; unless, of course, you’re ready to see more of the Upper Swabian Baroque Route. ;-)