How many of these webpages could actually start off with, Once Upon A Time? A good number of them, I’d bet.
One thing is for sure, the Middle Franconian town of Wassertrüdingen could definitely be one of them.
The whole town knows it; no wonder they’ve got themselves a whole Sagen- und Geschichtenweg, a fun touristy route that highlights some local legends and ghostly tales. To make this town even better, it also falls on the Deutsche Ferienroute Alpen-Ostee; one of Germany’s longest scenic routes that runs from Berchtesgaden to the Baltic Sea.
A group tour around Wassertrüdingen is a good way to experience most of the place — there’s a lot to take in. For real, you could spend a month of Sundays just wandering around its 18 villages looking at its half-timbered houses alone. The area right around the town’s mill, with all its framework houses and cobblestone streets, is particularly charming. It’s one of the best examples of Old World Germany, in my humble opinion.
It’d be another month of Sundays to finish off all the hiking and biking trails (not including Nordic Walking routes). There are some four marked hiking trails, and six bike routes through Wassertrüdingen. Hats off to anyone brave enough to bike on cobblestone streets.
For such a small town there are quite a number of museums here. There is a Natural History Museum, a Railway Museum, the Türmerstube (who wouldn’t want to learn was 19th century German life was like), and the Fluvius — a museum about all the wonder of the Wörnitz River. Besides, the Römerpark Ruffenhofen is all about the Romans who used to call this part of Bavaria home.
I wouldn’t mind calling this place home, either, especially when Wassertrüdingen kicks off one of its festivals. October’s a really good month for festivities with all sorts of church festivals going on, and even an Oktoberfest. July’s good too, with its Altstadtfest (Old Town Festival) taking place on the first weekend of July.
The Afrika Karibik Fest makes the summer even hotter, when thousands party with African-Caribbean feelings — befitting fashion (hair & body), drinks and food included. And the Trüdinger Nußmärteltreiben is a very unique event where young dark creatures cause fun pursuits, while handing out sweet and not so sweet stuff. It takes place since 1972, in the evening hours on November 10th.
You know, the funny part about stories that start off “once upon a time” always finish with “the end” — but there’s no end to what you can do & see in Wassertrüdingen.