Here I am sitting in the kitchen thinking about the start of Autumn and somehow the town of Süßen comes to mind. I never question how my thought process brings me from one idea to something completely different-I’m kind of used to it by now. Maybe its the “End of Summer Blues”? Whatever that is.
It’s not that Süßen isn’t beautiful in any season. No, I keep thinking about how gorgeous the Farmer’s Garden is that time of year, with an abundance of brightly colored flowers and the smell of fresh herbs centered around an old framework barn.
Summer is when this town in Baden-Württemberg really comes alive, though. Technically the weekend following June 2nd isn’t “Summer,” but it sure feels like it; and it’s a perfect time to celebrate the Schützenfest.
A month later on the weekend after July 2nd is the Town Festival.
The only festivals in town that take place outside of Summer is the annual Easter and Christmas Markets, respectively. Oh, and the Cultural Spring (Süßener Kulturfrühling) — a lively musical festival — I can’t leave that one out, either.
If you can’t make it for all the revelry, you won’t be short of anything to do. Süßen’s got enough sightseeing to hold its own, besides the Farmer’s Garden. Many visitors come to see the Gothic Old Marienkirche and the nearby Burg Ramsburg; even though its now private property and its donjon (tower) is long gone.
Don’t be upset about that because for a castle experience, it’s Burg Staufeneck that you want. Historians have argued over how old the castle is, some say back around 1080 and others say around the year 1200. Argue amongst yourselves over dinner at the castle, because its now a restaurant and hotel.
It’ll be nice to sleep like royalty after spending a few days sightseeing in town and in the neighboring forest. All those walking trails and cycling paths on the Swabian Alb can sure make one tired.
After wandering around those for a while, you’ll be too worn out for anything so silly as the “End of Summer Blues.” ;-)