Like many communities in Germany, Schwabmünchen has a long and interesting history.
Well, just about any place within Bavaria has more than one story to tell, but the region’s natural beauty usually steals the show. In this case, it is Schwabmünchen’s annual festivals that manage to do that.
There is evidence found that Celtic, Roman and Alemannic people lived in the area centuries before the town was officially recognized in 954 A.D.
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The best place to learn more about this region of Swabia is to look no further than the Local Art Gallery and Local History Museum. Conveniently located all under one roof (on 4 floors), you’ll find a look into daily life here, as well as modern day art exhibitions from local artists.
You would think that that would be Schwabmünchen’s landmark, but it isn’t, it’s the Hexentürmchen. These 16th century “Witches Turrets” are dazzling white, having stood guard over town since the 16th century.
If a castle is what you’re looking for, head over into the neighborhood of Schwabegg where you’ll find the remainders of one from the 10th century.
Another place where you’ll get a look at Schwabmünchen’s culture is during any number of the town’s festivals. The Spring Celebration is held on the 2nd Sunday before Easter. There’s no better way to bring in the warmer weather and say goodbye to winter, I’d say!
Of course, you might forget about snowy winters, if only for a day, during the town’s Mardi Gras Festival in February.
The best of all of Schwabmünchen’s festivals is the 3 day event known as Michaelimarkt, an annual fair held at the end of September since 1562. Visitors and residents alike are treated to a variety of music, entertainment, crafts, and local culinary delights. A few weeks later is the town’s Wine Celebration, for another chance to enjoy some locally fermented treats.
Another site to see that’s steeped in history and legend is the Strickerbrunnen located on the Schrannenplatz. According to legend, if two people sit on the lamb and goat underneath the sculpture at the same time they’ll become lifelong friends.
Don’t worry if no one sits next to you at the Strickerbrunnen. Once you’re here, you’ll know that the town of Schwabmünchen itself will forever be your friend. ;-)