More than 30,000 lights are swinging in the trees in the Schwäbisch Hall city park. The Krocher river is completely lit up with the glow from the Night of Nights festival. Local performers are dressed up and doing the Fackel dance, while musicians from across Europe rock it out before the massive fireworks show. Let’s hear it for the fall!
Night of Nights in August is just one of five major festivals held in Schwäbisch Hall throughout the year. There’s a Wild West festival and the Backofenfest, both held in September, a Christmas Fair in December, and of course the four-day Saltsimmerers Celebration in May is not to be missed.
Laughing yet? The Schwäbisch Hall local’s have been doing this for 800 years. ;-)
Salt springs led to coinage and trade status in the Middle Ages, and modern health spas and brokerage houses now. Naturally, here salt is a great reason to party all year long.
But the town isn’t just about kicking back and having a good time. Don’t let the old stone bridges, walled riverbanks, and half-timber houses fool you. Schwäbisch Hall is not your grandparent’s German village. ;-)
An early proponent of GNU/Linux, the city was an early adopter of open source innovation. They take pride on being cutting edge and completely wired.
This mix of old and new makes it a great stopover. Technology and trade innovations help the town fund all kinds of performing arts and museums to entertain visitors. Between festivals, you can see open air theater or try your hand at traditional crafts at the Hohenloher Feiland-Museum. Visit St. Michaels Church for ancient stonework in action or see the restored Synagogue for historical events.
Even just puttering along the river in a rented boat can be fun. It may not be on the beaten path, but Schwäbisch Hall is definitely worth a visit.