Exciting brewery tours in Ehingen, extensive hiking tours around Freudenstadt or an interesting theme park in Schramberg: Most of the small towns in Baden-Württemberg are full of culture and surrounded by beautiful nature. We present six places worth seeing here:

Table of contents
1. Ehingen
2. Freudenstadt
3. Endingen
4. Oberkirch
5. Schramberg
6. Tettnang

Ehingen

The city of 26,000 inhabitants is located on the southern edge of the Swabian Alb, about 23 kilometers southwest of Ulm. From 1346 to 1805, the city and surrounding area belonged to Vorderösterreich.

Freudenstadt

The recognized climatic and Kneipp spa town in the northeastern Black Forest is a traditionally popular vacation destination. The town was founded in 1599 by Duke Friedrich I of Württemberg.

Endingen

The small town with a good 10,000 inhabitants in the southwest of Baden-Württemberg is located in the north of the Kaiserstuhl region. Its old town is one of the most beautiful in the region.

Oberkirch

The district town at the entrance of the Renchtal into the Black Forest is located about twelve kilometers northeast of Offenburg. One of Oberkirch's landmarks is the Schauenburg ruin, which stands above the town and dates back to the 11th century.

Schramberg

The town in the central Black Forest has about 21,000 inhabitants and is located about 25 kilometers north of Villingen-Schwenningen on the German Clock Road.

Tettnang

The town, which has a good 19,000 inhabitants, is located about nine kilometers northeast of Friedrichshafen and 13 kilometers south of Ravensburg in the hinterland of Lake Constance. Tettnang is located on the Upper Swabian Baroque Road.

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Ehingen

The city on the Danube has made a name for itself above all through its Beer culture made a name for itself. There are no less than five historically grown breweries, which brew 53 different varieties and have developed many culinary and tourist offers around beer. This special combination of beer and culture makes Ehingen a beer culture town. The town was honored for this in the "Genießerland Baden-Württemberg" tourism ideas competition as well as in the renowned "Löwenmenschen Award" of the Swabian Alb. Ehingen offers an enormous range of beer-related experiences. They range from guided tours of the brewery, brewing seminars and the beer hiking trail to the BierKulturHotel and various exhibitions. With an audio tour, you can also explore the beer culture city with your smartphone or tablet.

Another tip: If you have a camper van, you will find free parking spaces along the Danube Cycle Path and at the Berg Brewery. From there you can take the culinary "Berg Bier Radtour", certified by the ADFC with four stars, which leads on 115 kilometers through the most beautiful river valleys and the biosphere area.

With the contemplation path, the Bierwanderweg and the BurgFelsenPfad, Ehingen has three quality trails certified by the German Hiking Association. Thematically, they could hardly be more different, but for this very reason they complement each other ideally.

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Freudenstadt

Breathtaking trails, action-packed mountain bike trails and incomparable nature - all this can be seen and experienced in Freudenstadt in the Black Forest.

"City inside, wild outside" describes Freudenstadt perfectly. The small town pearl with the largest marketplace in Germany not only offers culture, architecture and a variety of shopping opportunities, but is also a mecca for outdoor and nature enthusiasts. On the edge of the national park, a large hiking and biking network awaits you, offering almost unlimited possibilities.

Our special highlights:

- The 4.0 km long single trail circuit in Christophstal is something for the adrenaline junkies among mountain bikers - once a year Germany's best riders compete here in the Mountain Bike Bundesliga.

- The 10 km long Tannenriesen circular hike is an absolute highlight for families and nature lovers. It leads along rugged paths, past fantastic views and rustic refreshment stops. The special thing about it: with the Lauschtour app, you can learn all kinds of exciting things about the forest and its inhabitants along this route. This turns a simple hike into a real experience!

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Endingen

The Endingen kitchen is rich in variety. From the restaurant with home cooking to the star restaurant -. the choice is really biglast but not least, cozy cafés. You can also stock up on fresh, regional food in farm stores or at the weekly market.

The Cheese Museum in Endingen offers guided tours and tastings for small groups. Every Sunday the Museum with café open on a regular basis. There are also many vintners and winegrowers' cooperatives in Endingen am Kaiserstuhl. Wine lovers can stock up on some excellent drops in the town and surrounding villages.

It will be instructive at a Customs trip with a winemaker into the vines. Sitting comfortably on the trailer, you will be driven through the Endingen wine-growing areas. Here you can learn interesting facts about viticulture, the terroir, the climate and everything that makes the excellent quality of Endingen wines. A subsequent wine tasting, a hearty Winzervesper or Schäufele (Kassler) with potato salad round off the offer.

Just as eventful like the trips with the Bulldog are the vineyard trips with the Unimog. Stops are made at various points in the vines, there are fantastic views and the opportunity to take some great photos. Upon return, the winemaker will take you to the wine cellar and offer different wines for tasting.

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Oberkirch

Whether hiking, biking or stroll through the cozy town center - in Oberkich, the gateway to the Renchtal, you can spend beautiful days as an active vacationer. A trip to the Schauenburg castle ruins, for example, is also worthwhile, including a magnificent view. Or you can hike around the Hesselbach valley along the Oberkircher Brennersteig quality trail with its highlight, the Geigerskopfturm. On the way, you can also taste some of the region's excellent schnapps. In fact, there are more than 700 distilleries here that have grown out of the old tradition of fruit growing. But not only fruit-growing plays a major role, but also viticulture since the 17th century. In Oberkirch, wine is grown on more than 550 hectares. A beautiful panorama of vines characterizes today's townscape. Of course you can also participate in a wine tasting. 

All year round numerous events take place, such as the Oberkirch Strawberry, Apple or Wine Festival. But also the cultural offer is impressive. Be it the concerts in the town garden, author readings, comedy and theater performances in the "freche hus" or the art exhibitions in the municipal gallery - Oberkirch is also a good destination for culture lovers. In the historic old town and in the side streets of Oberkirch, a varied picture presents itself and many a pretty store can be discovered. Whether for coffee and cake, ice cream or summer spritzer in the evening, a stroll through the city center also means enjoyment at every turn.

Thanks to the variety of fruits Incidentally, Oberkirch, the historic town at the entrance to the Renchtal, is also considered a Capital of the Brenner. Distilled are cherry brandy, mirabelle and plum brandy, raspberry brandy, William and many other high quality brandies. A typical specialty is the Jerusalem artichoke, called "Rossler" in Alemannic. This specialty is made from the Jerusalem artichoke tuber, which comes from North America. And not only the schnapps, but also the tuber itself tastes excellent. You can convince yourself of this at the Renchtäler Topinamburwochen.

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Schramberg

Two premium hiking trails at once invite you to explore Schramberg and the surrounding area. The scenic "Schramberg Castle Trail" takes you around the valley town of Schramberg and past the ruins of Falkenstein and Hohenschramberg castles. An audio guide at Hohenschramberg tells the story of the castle lords. Deep forests and secluded meadow paths characterize the Black Forest gourmet trail "Auerhahnweg". It explains the history of the capercaillie on about 10.5 kilometers. Of course, you can also easily explore the region by touring bike or e-bike. And even in the cold season, a walk or cross-country skiing tour through the snow-covered Black Forest landscape is worthwhile.

Walk, experience nature and art and watch children play: The Park of the times in the former villa park of the watch manufacturer Erhard Junghans in Schramberg in the Black Forest is not to be missed. There is a lot of play with the element of water: small streams, ponds with water lilies, a water barefoot path or a fountain field enrich the green spaces. The still stately Villa Junghans is an architectural eye-catcher. The imposing building, which has since been converted into a hotel, was built in 1885. The Park of the Ages is a place where you can experience nature in a very peaceful way. The water areas in the Park der Zeiten in Schramberg in the Black Forest are naturally also among the most popular attractions for children. Climbers are more drawn to the family play area, where ropes are stretched for shimmying and balancing. Bird or sound station, spider's web or animal trail are other highlights that can be discovered as a family.

The numerous sculptures and artistic resting benches on the theme of time are just as worth seeing as the wonderful tree population. In addition, there are always sight lines to prominent points and striking buildings of the city. One weekend in July is dedicated to music, cabaret or poetry: at the Park der Zeiten festival, the park becomes an open-air stage for popular bands and artists.

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Tettnang

Three locks on three hundred meters - the former residential town has three representative buildings: the Torschloss, the Old Castle and the New Castle. Particularly worth seeing is the New castleOne of the most beautiful rococo creations on the Upper Swabian Baroque Road. Guided tours of the staircases and living and ceremonial rooms of the Beletage are offered daily between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the hour from April to October.

Important economic factor is the electronics industry, in addition to fruit and hop growing. Thus also shows the local Electronics Museum The exhibition, which is well worth seeing and partly also interactive, shows the development of electronics from its beginnings to the modern age.

The Tettnang Hop Trail leads from the Tettnang Kronenbrauerei at the Bärenplatz up to the Hop Estate N°20. On the way you will learn a lot about hop cultivation and beer production - with a beautiful view of Lake Constance and the mountains. At the end of the hike, a beer tasting of a special kind awaits you. At the most beautiful places of the Hopfengut N°20 a total of eight high-quality beer specialties are served.

Also worthwhile the approximately 7 km long circular hike over Achberg Castle. Built on a hilltop, the former medieval fortified building is now a Baroque art monument and exciting exhibition venue, and it houses a cozy little castle café.

Cover photo: Ehingen has made a name for itself primarily through its beer culture © Felix Sander

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