I thought we covered just about every German scenic route imaginable here at MyGermanCity.com. For real, who wouldn’t want to travel on a Mill Route or the forever beautiful Fachwerkstraße with all its gorgeous fairytale half-timbered houses?
Then, lo & behold — BAM, another route pops up! Where & which this time?
Silly me, that’s not a scenic route! OK, kidding aside… Urbach falls along the Stromberg-Schwäbischer-Wald-Weg. Oh, man, that’s a sure tongue twister if I ever heard one. ;-)
This is no ordinary scenic route. This is a hiking route through parts of the Swabian-Franconian Forest. Swabia is a totally unique region within Germany with its own special regional food, dialect, and landscape — so it’s totally worth the trek, all 170km of it.
Scenic routes aside, Urbach is pretty cool in its own right with a festival so grand it takes three years to plan. In 2009, the Schnitzfetzede Street Festival brought partiers from all over Baden-Württemberg and other parts of Germany.
At least the Christmas Market is an annual event. As are the outdoor concerts that start off the Summer Holiday season.
Life in Urbach isn’t always a party; it’s a quiet town other times of the year. It’s real quiet in the Nature Reserve where you’ll walk lazy paths passing many of the local wildlife and many indigenous plants.
Another place of quiet reflection is the Protestant Afrakirche, a Gothic church built in 1509 decorated with many Renaissance paintings. Who says you got to go to a museum to see magnificent pieces of art? I know I don’t. I can just come here.
In defense of museums, Urbach does have its own obligatory Local History Museum with exhibits on life around the Swabian Alb. As if the Stromberg-Schwäbischer-Wald-Weg and the Schnitzfetzede isn’t enough?