Today didn’t quite go as planned, but I’m glad I got out to enjoy what was predicted to be and turned out being – a beautiful sunny day. The plan was to take a day trip to Schwäbisch Hall, (a town a little over an hour East of where I live) followed-on by a visit to two different castles in the area: Schloss Neuenstein and Schloss Langenburg. Unfortunately, as it turned out, both castles were closed and not scheduled to re-opened until 1 April.
I was bummed the castles were closed, but I plan on going back another day later in the Spring, once they re-open. The countryside surrounding the castles made for a great drive today, so I can only imagine how much better it will be when nature is in bloom. Plus, the actual castles and the grounds surrounding them, will also be more impressing than today, once the trees are dressed in green, the grass is carpeting the grounds and the flowers are sprouting color and beauty.
My first stop though was to the town of Schwäbisch Hall, and just that visit alone made it worth the drive. We all have images of what a German town should look like, and if you’re like me, it’s resembles something from the medieval time. Schwäbisch Hall does not disappoint, and delivers some wonderfully picturesque views. Its medieval roots are still visible by its towers, impressive wooden bridges, Fachwerk houses (half-timber houses), cobblestone streets and Gothic and Baroque styles buildings dominating the city center.
Because I was in a bit of a time crunch to visit my other destinations, I did not spend the time to partake in visiting the museums and art gallery recommended as attractions. A list below is recommended – enough for an entire day, not just a few hours.
- Michael’s church
- Shakespear’s globe theater called the Haller Globe theater
- Hällisch-Fränkisches Museum
- Kunsthalle Würth arts gallery
- Hohenlohe open-air museum
Instead, I ended up just walking around enjoying the wonderful architecture and shinning sun. When you go, be sure to also take the time stop in to one of the restaurants, and enjoy what I’m sure would be a delicious German meal…followed by ice cream which Germans love, or stop in to some of the bakeries, or café offering a variety of sweets.
In keeping with saving time, I made a quick stop at the window of a Doner Kebab. If you’ve spent any time in Germany, you’ve seen and hopefully have tried a Doner. I’ll admit it…they’re one of my favorite “fast food” places in Germany. It’s Turkish food…not German, but they can be found in just about every town in Germany. Once ordered, they’re in your hands a few minutes later and are totally delicious.
Perhaps I’ll find my way back to Schwäbisch Hall since apparently, there are quite a few festivals that take place there over the summer to include the Schwäbisch Hall open-air theatre festival that’s been going on since 1925.