The Stuttgart suburb of Leutenbach might not ever be confused with the considerably smaller Bavarian town of the same name. However, this diminutive town is quite memorable because of its location on the edge of the Swabian Forest. What does that mean?
It means that when you come to Leutenbach you’ll be close to the countryside that Germany’s famous for! Hiking, cycling, or horseback riding are all acceptable forms of transportation through the Forest; and by going such a slow pace — you won’t miss a thing.
It’s here that you’re able to follow some of the same routes as the roaming Romans did 2000 years ago. Enjoy a round of golf, or just find and climb an observation tower for an eagle-eye view of all the natural wonders surrounding you. The forest is actually 904 square kilometers, so you better pack your most comfortable shoes. ;-)
Not only is Leutenbach great for its natural beauty; but it’s quite historical, too. Close to the old cemetery and open from April to October is the Leutenbach Local History Museum (Heimatmuseum). Well, what’s inside that would make you want to come in from the Swabian Forest fresh air?
Ah, don’t look at it that way — the museum is quite interesting with exhibits on daily life, including a pub, schooling, and how a typical German living room looked in the 1920’s and 1950’s. What? Don’t look at me like that — you might get some decorating ideas. ;-)
Oh, speaking of decorating — some great gifts can be bought at Leutenbach’s Christmas Market which comes on the 2nd weekend of Advent (about 2 weeks before Christmas). Other festivals include the traditional May Celebration (on/around May 1) and the Leutenbacher Hocketse, a Street Festival on the 1st weekend of July.
When you rather have sports than shopping, Leutenbach can do that. Try your hand (no pun intended) at the shooting range or on the tennis courts (located at Lehenstr. 24). Then again, you can pretty much do that all within the Swabian Forest.
Ahhh, there’s no way you’ll confuse this Leutenbach with that OTHER ONE in Bavaria!