Roadtrip: Beer, Baroque, Cave and Castles
Off the Beaten Path in Swabia: An Unexplored Corner of Europe
Unique beer, extraordinary baroque churches and glorious castles - it is a road trip for visitors who enjoy history, natural beauty, culture and good beer.
Visitors and drivers start and end in the "beer culture" city of Ehingen (think 43 beers and four breweries), only one hour and twenty minutes from Stuttgart and smack dab in the middle of the UNESCO biosphere area, the Schwäbische Alb.
The ride takes you through the villages of Münsingen und Buttenhausen and past the romantic ruins of four fortresses in the Lauter Valley. The road continues along to the now famous, Wimsener Caves and then to the splendor of the Zwiefalten Cathedral. From there, drivers will follow the tour to a former settlement of Celts (Heuneburg) and an open air museum and then to the extraordinary baroque abbey at Zwiefalten. It is a grand panoramic tour that gives drivers and their passengers a beautiful look at an ancient and not well known corner of Europe. The baroque churches, the castles and ancient heritage combined with the beautiful rolling hills and the merry hospitality of Ehingen create an unforgettable trip for history and culture buffs.
All together the drive is about 70 miles from start to finish.
Interesting places along the tour
1. Matthias Erzberger & Jewish Museum
April - October on Sundays and public holidays from 1 pm to 5 pm
Tel. (+49) 7381-182145
2. Castles in the Lauter Valley
3. Derneck Castle
Über der Großen Lauter
April 1st - November 5th
Tel. (+49) 7386-217
4. Wimsener Cave
April 1st - November 5th daily from 10 am to 6 pm
Tel. (+49) 7373-915260
5. Zwiefalten Monestary & Cathedral
Tel. (+49) 7373-2252
6. Heuneburg Open Air Celt Museum
Öffnungszeiten: Easter - Oktober 31st
Tuesday until Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm
Tel. (+49) 7586-8959405
7. Bussen Pilgrimage Church (with Creation Hiking Trail and Castle)
Tel. (+49) 7374-765