In the tradition-rich Hohenloher Ebene in southern Germany, is the quaint medieval city of Öhringen. Surrounded by a patchwork of agricultural fields and small areas of woodland, this delightful location — complete with a central castle — will take you back in time.
Wandering through the ancient winding streets you will find yourself admiring the half-timbered buildings that line the streets.
Many of these are interesting buildings that are hidden away so you’ll need to seek them out on an all day adventure! These treasures include the highly decorative Preachers house, the huge timber-framed Hunters house as well as many of the historic mills that once kept this city thriving.
Other buildings are right in the center of town — and want to be seen. So, starting in the Market Place, which is the active heart of Öhringen, you will find the Renaissance “Yellow Castle” and the 15th century Church of St Peter & Paul towering high above all else!
Also, the white walls of the Hospital of St Anne & Elizabeth and the old stone-built Town Hall (now the library) are all calling out for you to visit!
When you finally run out of buildings to admire, there are the museums to explore, including the metal-working displays and an interesting snail and mussel shell museum for something a bit different! There are also some gardens to relax in including the historical landscaped gardens surrounding the southern edge of the city.
Not far out of the city is a landscape that you wouldn’t want to miss. Although just outside of the boundaries of the great Black Forest, there is still plenty of great scenery to have to yourself while everyone else is following the tourist trail!
Not to be missed as well is the very rugged and heavily-forested nature park Swäbisch-Fränkischer Wald just outside of town, with peaks up to 600 meters and an average temperature of just 7 degrees it is certainly a place where you might not see another person all day! ;-)
Öhringen also has 2 Limes forts from the UNESCO listed Roman defensive barricade used to keep the native German tribes out of their “civilized” world! You can follow this historic boundary both north and south from here — from the North Sea to the Danube — all 570 kilometers of it!