Oberndorf am Neckar is a part of the Neckar river valley, located between the mystic Black Forest and the elegant Schwabian Alb. With this highly desirable location, the town is a blend of small and subtle gems.
You can explore all of its districts, including Aistaig, Altoberndorf, Beffendorf, Bochingen, Boll, Hochmössingen, and the namesake himself.
Each bit of Oberndorf and its neighborhoods offers a touch of charm and tradition. It’s hard not to wax poetic about the landscape. The creepy ruins of Waseneck Castle and the rough stone of the 800 year old churches seem to call forth eras past, and some legends claim that a quick photographer can catch ghosts.
Naturally, Oberndorf doesn’t live solely in the past. It’s actually a vibrant manufacturing and trade community, with Bippus, Heckler & Koch, Mafell, Mauser, Schwarzwälder Bote, and Feinwerkbau Westinger & Altenburger maintaining sites there. Thus, you’ll find the streets lined with busy professionals and smart cafes.
The exception is during Carnival season. Oberndorf is a part of the Quadruple Alliance, a group of four towns dedicated to preserving Swabian-Allemannic carnival traditions. The festivities are considered to be some of the most authentic Germany has to offer.
This means that they take their joking in Carnival very seriously! You should, too, unless you want the costumed jesters to break open the local weapons museum and start firing. True, many of the pieces are medieval treasures, but that doesn’t mean they won’t hurt! ;-)
All teasing aside, Oberndorf am Neckar welcomes you year round with ongoing concert events in the local church halls and town days for all the neighborhoods. You’ll be able to hike and bike through the surrounding Black Forest trails, and enjoy many of the traditionally delicious regional desserts and fruit wines at the end of the day.