Spaichingen in Baden-Württemberg is a place not quite in the Black Forest and not quite in the Swabian Alb. But, more a blending of the two beautiful regions. It also sits at the foot of the Dreifaltigskeitsberg (wow, try saying that fast five times ;-).
The Dreifaltigskeitberg holds many secrets, as well as where you’ll find the ruins of the 13th century Castle Baldenberg (it was also known as Castle Dreifaltigskeitberg and Castle Spaichingen). It’s also where you’ll find Spaichingen’s landmark, the pilgrimage church at the mountain’s summit.
Spaichingen’s also a place of some good shopping. It should, the town’s weekly market has been going on since 1623. We can’t forget about the annual Flea Market in May, a Martinimarket in November, and a festive Christmas Market at the beginning of December.
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It’s because of the Swabian influence it’s only fitting that Spaichingen would have a lively Fastnet (held right before the start of Lent) that’s been going on for centuries. Don’t forget to pack your poodle skirts, Oxfords, and hair grease for the town’s 50’s celebration, either.
Also influenced by Swabian and Black Forest culture is the food. Because Spaichingen isn’t flush full of old churches or other types of museums leaves plenty of time to eat.
I know… the Black Forest region has given us such yummy eats as Black Forest ham and the decadent Black Forest Cake but Swabia has some, too. For instance, try a delicious the Gaisburger Marsch, a beef and vegetable stew made with a pasta called Spätzle. Or, a hearty potato dumpling dish called Schupfnudeln, that’s usually served with sauerkraut or as a sidedish.
By the way, they’ll sure taste better paired with a great Riesling or Trollinger wine — not beer; this isn’t Bavaria. ;-)
I can’t think of a better way to spend a day or two; strolling along castle ruins and eating every step of the way.
I bet you can’t either? :-)