In the little area in and around Türkheim people have come and gone through the centuries. Bronze Age Man is gone, so are the Celts and the Romans. And while these men and women might be famous as a whole — it is a lone guy who was the town’s most famous resident.
His name was Ludwig Aurbacher. He was born in a small house in 1784 (some 82 years after the town’s Old Town Hall was built) that’s famously known around these parts as the Aurbacherhaus. Herr Aurbacher wrote The Seven Swabians (whose German title is Die Abenteuer der Sieben Schwaben), a fanciful and colorful tale — curious for such a severe looking man.
Anyway, you can learn more about Türkheim’s most famous son at the Sieben-Schwaben-Museum (which is also a Local History Museum too) at the Großes Schloss, or Big Castle. You can’t tell from its exterior that this once was a medieval edifice since it got a facelift in 1682, and again in the 1750 when the Baroque Gardens were put in.
FYI, the Castle Garden is the venue for Türkheim’s annual Wine Festival (July) and the Töpfermarkt (Pottery Market).
There’s the Kleines Schloss (Little Castle) too, that’s now a cafe instead of the home of a German aristocrat.
Türkheim is also famous for its location on the Way of St. James, a pilgrimage route for the devout who are on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Makes sense since the town has no less than eight churches — for which the Loreto Chapel is the most famous. You’ll find it right near the Ludwigstor.
Enough of the places for a minute… this is Bavarian Swabia for Heaven’s sake, which means all sorts of other things to do. There’s shopping at the Organic Market (which takes place every few weeks) or the Spring and Autumn Markets, celebrating at he Bockbierfest in March, the Pfarrfest (Parish Festival) in June, the Community Festival in July, or playing a round of golf at the 27-hole course.
Cross-country skiing can be done in the winter in the Augsburg-Westliche Wälder nature park (there’s a ski lift here too) — and OK, you can hike or bike it in the summer if you want. Along the Hauptstraße there are lots of restaurants and cafes to sit for a spell, or grab some good Swabian cuisine.
Ohh, maybe this is why Mr. Aurbacher looked so stern — he was so busy writing that he didn’t get a chance to experience his hometown like you can. ;-)