Somehow, some way, you’ve found yourself in the town of Winterlingen.
Uh, now what? At first glance it doesn’t appear to have too much of anything. You didn’t look hard enough, my friends. You didn’t look hard enough. ;-)
How do I know? Because I had the same problem. Yeah, sure I heard about the Romans that used to stomp their way through and along what they used to call the Hochstraße. Wait, that’s German… didn’t the Romans speak Latin? I’m pretty sure they called it something else.
Nevermind, they were here. Long before they got here, Bronze Age guys and gals lived in this part of the Swabian Alb. Again, how do I know? The Bronze Age burial mounds from around 1500 B.C. give it away. There is even an Urnfield from around 900 B.C. located here in Winterlingen. Some of these finds have even made their way into the Württemberg State Museum — in case you’re interested.
That’s downright ancient. That kind of makes the 17th/18th century Church of Sts. Peter & Paul not seem old at all. Neither does the Evangelical Church and St. Gertrude Church, for that matter.
FYI, I really like the paintings at the 14-Nothelfer-Kapelle, and the art at the mid-18th century St. Mauritius Pfarrkirche. You will too, I’m sure.
And what’s age anyway? Forget about it and head to the Museum Harthausen, a local history museum. And to the Postal Museum that’s all about sending or receiving mail.
Ahh, the art of letter writing — a lost art in the days of email.
Before I get too nostalgic, it’s off into the Alb for hours and hours of hiking, Nordic Walking, and kayaking fun. To make it educational, check out the Planetenweg where you’ll learn all about the planets, including Pluto. Sorry, I’m old-school, Pluto will forever be a planet.
All this works up one killer appetite, and you won’t eat any better than right here in the heart of Swabia. Quite a few of Winterlingen’s restaurants serve Swabian dishes, but you’ll also get pizza, kebabs, and Italian if you want to stray.
Didn’t I tell you that you didn’t look hard enough? And aren’t you glad you listened to me to find out more about Winterlingen? Thought so. ;-)