‘Seeing’ Oberkochen Has New Meaning, Thanks To Carl Zeiss

There’s no reason why you shouldn’t see the Swabian town of Oberkochen. No, I mean really SEE Oberkochen.

Ha, you know I’m setting you up for something. ;-)

I’m not just talking about your normal, everyday, average kind of “seeing,” Oberkochen is home to the worldwide renowned optical company of Carl Zeiss that employs just about 4,000 people.

Optical. Eyes. Oberkochen. Get it?

Bad joke, I know.

Seems like just the right place for an Optical Museum (who knew!) that open Sunday to Fridays.

If the eyeballs aren’t what they used to be, maybe you should get them checked out in Oberkochen; because the nearby observation tower overlooks the Swabian countryside and the Alps.

Oberkochen’s view of the Alps isn’t its only attraction. The town lies near a nature park, so there are plenty of hiking trails to see flora & fauna close up.

One particularly interesting trail is the Karstquellenweg, that has “15 stations” that’ll tell you all about the natural side of the area.

Regular sight “seeing” (make me stop with the eye jokes) can be done at the Heritage Museum, located within the old Schillerhaus from 1860; and the Bilzhaus dates to around the 14th century.

Heck, that building’s a downright baby compared to the foundations of the Roman Keller.

And just because the Catholic Church of Saints Peter & Paul was built in 1900, doesn’t mean you should visit. The original Baroque church was too small for the bourgeoning congregation.

The same is true for the Protestant Church that was built in 1583. It was rebuilt bigger, and that too was a bit small. At least Oberkochen didn’t tear it down; they turned it into the municipal library!

I’d also recommend a visit to Aquafit, Oberkochen’s swimming center, and finishing off your day of fun with miniature golf and tennis.

Um, that would be regular tennis — not miniature tennis. ;-)

Aren’t you glad you came to SEE Oberkochen? I know I have. Now where did I put my glasses. Never mind, I’ll see if the Optical Museum will lend me a pair of theirs…

 

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