In Hohenlohe visitors will notice tiny hamlets sprinkled here and there. Geographically Hohenlohe is wedged between two rivers. These hamlets bear names reminiscent to domestic animals, as there are: Kaelberbach, Wolfsoelden, and Grosshirschbach. Visitors may also discover Ochsental and Mausberg. Regional people affectionately call the famous Hohenloher breeding bull “Hummele”. Calves are called “Moggelich” and piglets “Saeulich”.
In Gaisbach visitors will find the locally famous ‘Wuerth’ museum.
A very special attraction of the Hohenlohe landscape are the numerous castles and chateaus as well as the pretty small residental towns.
Visitors have a great view of the fertile Hohenlohe area from the lookout point at Waldenburg, the Lachner tower (Lachnerturm), one hundred steps lead up to the top of the tower. The land below extends to the north and east, seemingly flat as a pancake, with narrow valleys barely visible from up here. To the west vinyards cuddle up against the horizon.
The city hall of Waldenburg hosts the ‘Urweltmuseum’ (primeval museum). You and your children will be amazed by the exhibits of dinosaurs and other pre-historic creatures which lived here millions of years ago and you will get an impression of how the ‘Ländle’ (country) looked back then.
Neuenstein with it’s castle, entwined by ivy and totally surrounded by water, just a few miles down the road, was the former residence of the Counts of Hohenlohe.
Not far away the museum village of Wackershofen near Schwaebisch Hall, at the foothills of the Waldenburg mountains, displays how people used to live and work in times past. It seems difficult to believe that this idyllic, lively village with the ensemble of various buildings and animals such as fowl, sheep, cows and the local ‘Hällischen Landschwein’ (a pig race only raised here) was built only about twenty years ago. All buildings in this village were ‘built’ by moving (stone by stone) existing, original old homes and other buildings from other locations of the Hohenlohe area to the museum. The museum consists of farmhouses, a bakery, a sawmill, various trade businesses, a village music band ect. The restaurant ‘Roter Ochsen’ which dates back to the 18th century and the Biergarten (beer garden) invite to rest and enjoy a good meal in the special athmosphere of this place.
Take the time to stroll the small roads of Schwaebisch Hall highlighted by the baroque facade of the old city hall. Slightly uphill you will find ‘St. Michael’ cathedral with it’s 54 steps which are the scene of well known theatral plays each summer.
A scenic road leads to Braunsbach and into the fairytale like landscape where at times the Kocher river and the Jagst river almost meet. The beautiful majestic Langenburg castle thrones above the Jagst river. Equally delightful is the view all accross the valley from the castle’s park.
The World’s smallest cookie named “Wiebele” originates in Langenburg. The master baker named of Wiebel, invented this cookie 225 years ago. Also well worth a visit in Langenburg is the automobile museum located on the castle property.
The small town of Creglingen with its famous Marienalter (St. Mary’s Altar) is located at the Tauber river. The Marienaltar was built by Tilman Riemenschneider 1502 – 1505.
The tour leads us further into the wine country travelling through villages on cobble stone roads, seeing many old framework buildings and beautiful old bridges that span accross the Tauber river. After a short while we arrive at Weikersheim. Especially with the market place in its baroque style of circular construction and the finely chiseled Rococo fountain the small residence town has been preserved and the past kept alive. Enjoy a stroll along the circular pathway around Weikersheim castle with the beautiful court yard and graceful orangery (a greenhouse for tropical plants). The dwarfs made of stone on the balustrades in the park, in the midst of the rural Tauber landscape, caricature the staff of Count Carl Ludwig. The finest royal housing tradition is presented in the castle.
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