Wendlingen am Neckar is a perfect suburban stay away from the big city stuff, yet close enough to see all the great sites in the Neckar area.
Technically Wendlingen has been around since only 1132, but excavations have found one of the largest Roman Baths in all of Baden-Württemberg, so the area seems to have been inhabited for much longer than that. In neighboring Köngen, there’s a large Roman Museum with a Roman Park.
Wendlingen is also on the Way Of St. James (Jacobsweg) that traced the route of one of Jesus’ apostles from Istanbul to Spain (Santiago de Compostella). So the churches found here in the area are definite places worth a visit, as well as places of worship.
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Speaking of which… The Unserer lieben Frau im Hürnholz Chapel and Gothic Cemetery was built in 1275 and the church bell is over 350 years old. Not as old is the Eusebiuskirche from the 15th century with a huge Gothic tomb. Then the Parish Church Kolumban was built in 1490 and now houses Wendlingen’s City Museum.
Don’t worry, it’s not all churches and Roman ruins over here in Wendlingen. There’s stuff to do in the great outdoors here as well! Head over to Schäferhauser See, for instance, as there’s plenty of jogging, hiking, and biking trails for all fitness levels.
When not hiking or shopping, relax over at the outdoor swimming pool or on the miniature golf course.
Once you’re done with all the sports stuff, you’re longing for some seriously good eats, right? Then check out one of the local baking houses. Better yet, have one of the region’s specially made brews!
And to round it up, the town’s market operates twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It also has a super sized town flea market eight times a year.
With all the great history and activities found here in Wendlingen am Neckar, who needs to head over to Stuttgart, or anywhere else for that matter? :-)