Wow! I never thought a place could be more beautiful than the monstrous Black Forest. Silly me then, when I found out that the Schönbuch Nature Park south of Weil im Schönbuch could give it a good run for the money.
Add in the fact that Weil im Schönbuch has a festival for just about every reason and season; and you’ve got an altogether grand vacation spot (or what about staying right here for the long run!).
Ohhhhh, what to do first in Weil im Schönbuch? History or nature? Ahh, I can’t decide and maybe you’ll have a hard time picking, too. But, for this I’ll just pick the nature part first.
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Within the Schönbuch Nature Park you’ll have a hard time picking what to do first, too (yeah, more choices). The natural landscape is filled with many scenic paths, charming ponds, little streams, and plenty of plants and local wildlife.
Just an FYI — hunting of deer and wild pig is allowed in the Schönbuch Nature Park.
All right, I know the nature park is really beautiful. But, if you get so inclined an area of the Black Forest isn’t all that far away — so go see it, eat some Black Forest Cake, do a bit of shopping and come right back.
OK, with that all out of the way it’s time for the historical side of Weil im Schönbuch. The town has made a remarkable comeback after a third of the population was lost after the 17th century Thirty Years’ War.
It’s population wasn’t even as much quite a few centuries before that when the Romans and Alamani roamed the land. One of the coolest Roman artifacts found in Weil im Schönbuch was a statue of Diana. That and an old Roman mansion that’s known as the Villa Rustica.
Now it’s time to party, like you’d have to tell me twice. ;-)
Join locals and partygoers from all over for the Summer Celebration (early June), the Village Celebration (early July), and the Autumn Celebration (early October). Then there’s the Easter Market, which shouldn’t be confused with the Spring Market. Add in the Fastnacht Festival (February) and the Spring Flea Market and still don’t have the half of all the cultural activities of Weil im Schönbuch!
Wait! You still have the Seenachtsfest (1st Saturday in August) at the lake, along with orchestra concerts, bible studies, the art that hangs at City Hall, and theater performances.
Aren’t you tired just thinkin’ about all this — let alone doing it all? ;-) Maybe there isn’t time for the mighty Black Forest after all…