Welzheim — Did The Romans Notice Its Qualities?

I’m gonna go out on a limb to say the Romans that once stomped through Welzheim didn’t care (or notice) the area’s air quality. We Germans did and several centuries later the town of Welzheim is now considered an air health resort town and sits partly in the Hohenloher Ebene.

This just makes it easier to breathe about town when you’re out sightseeing all over the place.

Actually, the Romans didn’t just stomp through the town. They came to stay and built castellets that still stand more than 1500 years later. The area of the castellets is now an outdoor archaeological museum. Every few years Welzheim has Roman Days, where thousands come to see those days brought back to life.

Not much of Welzheim’s history is documented from the fall of the Roman Empire until around the 1200’s. A fire just about leveled the town in the early 1700’s and its St. Gallus Church built in 1499 had to be rebuilt. So did the Town Hall in 1731.

Most of Welzheim’s history is documented at the Urban History Museum (open Sundays only from 2pm-5pm at Pfarrstraße 8).

One piece of Welzheim’s history is a bit on the darker side as it was the site of a World War II concentration camp.

You’ll find a bit more in Welzheim that a museum or two, though. There’s a City Park shaded by large trees and something called the Senses Experience which is designed to work all six of your senses. There’s even a Trim Path that works the muscles, just as the Mühlenwanderweg (Mill Hiking Trail) or swimming in Ebnisee Stausee will (a Reservoir).

On a clear night visit the Observatory for a look at the stars and think about how far Welzheim’s come from the days of the Romans.

 

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