You’ll find many little towns in and around the Swabian Alb ending in -ingen and Uhingen certainly isn’t any different in that regard.
It is different, though, in respect to a few unique museums that call this place home (old photo museum, anyone?) but, it also has a real “down home” feel.
Being only 37 km or 20 miles east of Stuttgart makes getting to Uhingen quite easy too. All you have to do is hop on the Filstalbahn, the local train line between Stuttgart and Ulm. Then the only thing you’ll be asking is, what do I do when you get here?
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A great place to start any trip is at a local history museum and as luck has it, Uhingen has one. What a fabulous way of hearing about the town’s history and culture, including medieval glass making. You’ll also get the history behind many of the town’s old buildings.
As in the case of the Berchtoldshof (circa 1477), that’s now the town’s public library and just about the oldest building in town. Uhingen’s City Hall isn’t too much younger, another historic edifice over 500 years old.
It’s quite the opposite when you see Uhingen’s Culture Center, a modern glass structure where many conferences, concerts, and celebrations are held. You would think that it might look out of place in a town that’s known for its old buildings, like the early 16th century Late Gothic Cäcilienkirche, but everything seems to flow just nicely here.
Another mix of old and modern world is the annual Kandelhock festival held on the last weekend in June, where thousands of locals from all over come for a day of food and merriment. When not here during the festival, why not eat at Schloss Filseck, a 13th century manor house that’s now a restaurant, cultural center, and Uhingen’s archives? That’s a lot of history (and good food) under one roof!
Better yet, you’ll find a lot of history and culture all under one banner. Locals just know it as Uhingen. ;-)