I don’t think it’s fair that the town of Neresheim is only famous for the Neresheim Abbey.
Don’t get me wrong. This magnificent medieval abbey has been around since the mid-13th century; and is filled with priceless works of art and magnificent frescoes.
I’m sorry, the abbey was actually founded almost a thousand years ago (in 1095) by the Augustinians. Then about 10 years later it became a Benedictine order.
I know, history, blah, blah, blah… ;-)
But, this is still a living, breathing, active monastery where 13 monks call home. It offers a guesthouse for those wanting a “monastic” kind of stay (cheap, too). And the monastery and its church make the most beautiful venue for all sorts of musical concerts.
The other part to Neresheim are its museums, like the Bahnmuseum or Train Museum (a real steam locomotive), and its Rathaus can be visited if you want to take a look at a real live dungeon.
FYI, the kids will love the train ride on the steam train. Us grown-ups will too!
Hey, it’s not like you’ll be locked up there like they would have done a few centuries ago. I’m sure some of us have evolved a wee bit since then. ;-)
There’s also a Härtsfeld Museum, which is a cultural museum highlighting the town of Neresheim (and its more than 20 villages, shires, hamlets, or whatever you want to call them).
I also think that festivals are also a good way to see the cultural side of a place. Every other year Neresheim throws a huge Carnival (usually in February — but check the Christian calendar to be sure).
What do you expect from the eastern most town of the Swabian Alb. Carnival is a big deal around these parts.
Sports are also a big deal around these parts. Go ahead golf, play tennis, or horseback ride until you’ve had enough. If you want more there’s always swimming or sailing at Härtsfeldsee.
Hopefully when I’m done with all this Neresheim will be famous for more than its Abbey. Could you help me out & spread the word? Thanks!