Tettnang — No Train But A Whole Lot Of Hops!

What can you say about a town that celebrates the discontinuance of its train service, except welcome to Tettnang!

Having been around since the 9th century, Tettnang’s six districts are conveniently located within Upper Swabia, near Lake Constance as well as the borders of Switzerland and Austria.

It’s famous for its hops and with great hops comes great beer. It seems maybe those hops are partial to the local landscape. I don’t blame them, Tettnang is really quite special…

You’re able to learn more about what makes Tettnang’s hops so special with a tour of the Crown Brewery and the Hops, Fruit, and Hunting Museum on the town’s touring “Hop Loop.” The musuem has a petting zoo, exotic animals, including monkeys and llamas. If you come on a Sunday, you’ll enjoy the tour with coffee and homemade cake.

Another great museum to learn about Tettnang’s history is the Montfort Museum. There isn’t any cake or coffee served at that one, but at least admission is free!

No trip to Tettnang is complete without visits to the town’s castles and churches. At the Gate Castle, the oldest parts of the castle are built right into the town’s fortification walls. Its Holy Cross Chapel was built in a polygon shape and added right onto the main tower.

The Old Castle was built in the 17th century and now houses the town hall. The New Castle isn’t so new, having been built in the 18th century.

If you like to visit old churches, head over to the Parish Church Gall having been built in 1400, this Gothic church was bombed in 1944.

After a day of sightseeing or enjoying one of the town’s festivals, you might want to make the Watchtower your last stop, since not only is one of the town’s original watchtowers, it houses a tavern dating from the 16th century. Then maybe you’ll really appreciate those Tettnang hops! ;-)

 

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