Walddorfhäslach — Following A Historical Trail

Sometimes I wish it was possible to jump in Marty McFly’s DeLorean, punch in dates from long ago to see for myself what life was once like “back in the day.” One place I’d go to is the town of Walddorfhäslach — although if I put in any date prior to 1972, it wouldn’t be the same place.

Confusing, yes? I’d say so, because the town you see today didn’t quite exist as it does today. It was the merger of two independent villages, plus the addition of a deserted one, that gives us the current Walddorfhäslach. Oh, I’m most certainly not complaining… this 14.44 square kilometer town is a quintessential German village anyone could love, located near much larger towns like Tübingen and Reutlingen.

There’s one downside to Walddorfhäslach, however. It isn’t chocked full of old churches to visit, nor does it have a bazillion half-timbered houses — but it does have a very old castle. Hey, just because the modern town is only a few decades old doesn’t mean it can’t have an eight-centuries old schloss, right? Do yourself a favor, follow the “Historical Trail” in Walddorf to see the historical old buildings the village does have, ok?

As for walking, there’s probably no place better in Walddorfhäslach than the Schönbuch Nature Park. Who knew a quiet slice of green heaven awaited in what’s part of the Metropolitan Region of Stuttgart? Being part of the great outdoors continues since a visit to the Outdoor Museum of Rural Culture is also something to see while you’re here, too.

Even though I’m generally gung-ho on all things historical, a good festival or market can catch my attention rather quickly. But there’s more to Walddorfhäslach than just its Krämermarkt, Carnival celebrations, a Forest Music Festival (in May, and a Kirbe (in September). This is a town that hosts theater performances, concerts in its Protestant Church, horticultural events, musical concerts to welcome Spring and Autumn, Corpus Christi Processions, and even an Autumn Bazaar.

Yikes, it would be a bad thing to leave out mentioning the Christkindlesmarkt in December, would it? Had I forgotten to, that DeLorean would be handy to come back to the few minutes before I wrote this. ;-)

 

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