Did your mom ever teach you that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover? This is how I first felt about the town of Klettgau.
At first, I started to judge it a bit too harshly. As I wanted to get to know Klettgau, everything kept pointing me to Switzerland.
I’m not joking. Klettgau sits right on the border of Switzerland, and if you want to see the Rhine Falls, you better be prepared to leave good old Germany, ’cause you’ll have to go cross the international border.
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So, I decided to look at Klettgau like a real book — each one of its seven villages acting as a “chapter.”
Starting with Bühl, I found that besides having a pilgrimage church, it’s also known for its horses. Isn’t that nice to know, Equestrian lovers?
Geißlingen is a forested community — and if you follow it out, you’ll find yourself at the Küssaburg castle ruins. It’s now a popular picnic area, so pack a lunch before heading off.
Grießen is the shopping village, who plays host to many of Klettgau’s markets (like the Simon & Judea Market in Oct, the Catherine’s Market in Nov, and the Christmas Market in December). It’s also where you see those half-timbered houses everyone loves so much.
Want castles instead of spending cash? Go to Weisweil — well, if you want to see where a castle once stood (destroyed by a Habsburg, nonetheless).
Both Riedern am Sand and Rechberg are small, modern hamlets, but totally surrounded by vineyards, so they’re awfully pretty.
I saved Erzingen for last, where it’s all about the vineyards and the annual Wine Festival — a four day event in mid-September.
Whichever village you choose to visit (I’d recommend them all) you’ll find a number of taverns, wineries, charming inns, hiking trails, cycle paths, and a few (more) festivals throughout the year (an Oktoberfest that’s held in — go figure — October, and an air show at the Airfield on the 1st weekend of September).
My mom was right, you really can’t judge a book by its cover — Klettgau, I hope you can find it in your hear to forgive me. ;-)