Leutkirch im Allgäu sits near the northernmost foothills of the Alps, just north of the Swiss and Austrian borders. Its terrain is marked by rivers, rolling hills and green valleys.
The Old Town area features Trinity Church, one of the first Protestant facilities in Upper Swabia, built in 1615. The Town Hall dates back to 1741, while one of the houses on Market Street has survived since its construction in 1379.
One of the most revered structures in the area is St. Martin’s Parish Church, established in 848, to which the town owes its origin. Walls were erected in 1293 to secure the religious site and its village.
Despite having a Catholic base, St. Martin’s coexisted with the shift to Protestantism throughout the Reformation of the 16th century. Today, you can still see remnants of gothic makeovers, although much of the interior décor was added in the 20th century.
As you walk around the town, pay a visit to the local history museum to learn more of the town’s lengthy past. It has fascinating displays of workshops representing cheese makers, woodcarvers, blacksmiths and cobblers.
There is also an intriguing glassworks museum in the vicinity, well worth a visit. Its furnaces and glass-making tools are used in live performances, and each May and September, craft markets are held here in Leutkirch, too.
Of more modern interest, the Electro-Technical Museum offers exhibits of electrical devices. They range from washing machines, refrigerators and electric cookers to radios, record players and the past 100 years’ development of electrical equipment
For cultural entertainment, you can attend chamber music concerts and other performing arts at the Klang Heggelbach Concert Hall, established in 2003. Or if the outdoors is more to your liking, you will find excellent camping facilities near at hand.
In fact, some 200 kilometers of cycling paths and over 150 kilometers of hiking trails are easily accessible from Leutkirch. There are also 26 well-kept routes for cross-country skiers in winter. You get it all in the Allgäu!