It’s well known that life in the Swabian Alb isn’t easy. But, you have to hand it to Bavaria on this one. Pretty is too mild a word for the town of Weißenhorn — it’s just simply stunning and there is plenty to satisfy a visitor’s curiosity.
The best place to start is along the Church Square which you’ll see when you enter through the 15th century Upper Gate. Also along the square is the 18th century City Hall. The Schranne is the Old City Hall (or, Altes Rathaus) that was built in 1390 and still stands today.
There’s also the Neuffenschloss (the old castle built in 1460), its neighbor the Fuggerschloss (the new castle built in 1513), and guardian of them all — the Mariä Himmelfahrt Kirche (Mariä Ascension Church).
When you’re done at the Church Square head off towards the Lower Gate (built 1470) which will lead you towards Prügelturm or Flogging Tower. Yes, that’s EXACTLY what it was used for — a city prison for 15th century minor offenders!
It would be a shame to miss out on a performance at the Municipal Theater, considered to be one of the smallest theaters in Germany. But, certainly not small on its history. Residents and visitors have been enjoying a number of performances here since 1876.
However, people have been enjoying beer around these parts for a lot longer. It’s Germany and Bavaria so it would be a colossal mistake not to enjoy a drink over at the town’s Fuggersches Bräuhaus; which has been brewing great “suds” since 1565.
Of course, the area of Weißenhorn is really much older than her buildings let on. You’ll see just how old the area really is over at the Local History Museum, with not only exhibits on Swabian and Bavarian culture but, with a huge archaeological collection of prehistoric and early-history finds.
If you have any energy left, go try your hand (or, legs in this case) at the Waldseilgarten. This tightrope “garden” has a variety of ropes tied at different heights amongst the trees. No doubt, the kids are gonna love this! :-)
They’ll also love the Old Town Celebration held in the old town section on the 2nd weekend in July. Actually, it’s a great time to be had by all.
Now, come see for yourself how stunning Weißenhorn really is.