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  • My parents in Gingen keep me up to date.
    My parents in Gingen keep me up to date.
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  • Schwäbische Brezeln are the best in the world.
    Schwäbische Brezeln are the best in the...
    by Kakapo2
  • Jürgen K. and me in Stuttgart some days ago... ;-)
    Jürgen K. and me in Stuttgart some days...
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    Shopping: You Get Everything You Need

    by Kakapo2 Updated Sep 17, 2007

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    Schw��bische Brezeln are the best in the world.

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    You cannot complain about the shopping opportunities in Gingen if you refer to the basics. It is no place to stroll around and get inspired but there is no need to leave the village for grocery shopping.

    The shops are concentrated in two areas. One in the traditional village centre between Bahnhofstraße and Johanneskirche, the other one in a small shopping mall right on B 10, near the Kuchen end of the village.

    At the shopping mall you have a small supermarket, a great butcher, a baker, and a stationary shop. Right at the end of the village is another very good baker, and a big furniture shop.

    In the town centre you have a stationary, magazines and post shop all-in-one, a baker, butcher, a rather good clothes shop, even a bridal wear shop, and next to the church is a drug store (Schlecker). Another clothes shop – this one mainly targets elder people – is around the corner in Lindenstraße, and on the opposite side of the street is a bicycle shop. Opposite town hall is a pharmacy.

    In other parts of the village you find a hairdresser, another butcher, lighting and electric supplies shop, etc.

    For big shopping the people drive to the commercial zones of Eislingen/Göppingen and Geislingen.

    If you need a doctor (GP) or dentist - no problem. The nearest hospitals are in Geislingen and Göppingen.

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    The many bakeries!

    Because... I enjoy fresh Brezeln (pretzels) with butter for breakfast every morning! And my favourite Swabian smallgoods for dinner. Ok, sometimes already for breakfast as well LOL

    To make one thing clear. Schwäbische Brezeln and just pretzels is not the same. They are the best in the world, and it has not happened very often that I really enjoy them in other regions of Germany. When I studied in Munich my friends soon got aware that I always took a lot of Schwäbische Brezeln and rolls back to Munich from my family visits, and after I had shared one or two with them reluctantly, they were so delighted that they asked me to "import" lots, and after that we often had Brezel and Wasserwecken (=name of the special rolls) parties.

    I do not even try Brezeln which do not look like the ones on the photo - only if I am on cold turkey ;-) The thin parts must be completely crisp and crack when you break or bite into them, and the thick parts must be super soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. If the carved line does not open like lips in the baking process you can forget them. The Brezel will be dry.

    Of course they are best right after baking, still a little warm. If you have them for breakfast we break them in halves and put butter on the open end, then bite it, then put butter on the next bite, and so on. Not healthy but super delicious ;-)

    If you want to take the Brezel away cut it open from one wide side to the other (where the thin ends meet the thick part) and fill it with butter. Enjoy!

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    Where Jürgen Klinsmann grew up

    by Kakapo2 Updated Sep 17, 2007

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    J��rgen K. and me in Stuttgart some days ago... ;-)

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    As mentioned in my intro, Jürgen Klinsmann spent his childhood in Gingen and also started his football career here with TB Gingen. As he was far too good for the tiny club, he joined the next biggest club, SC Geislingen, and from there he went to Stuttgarter Kickers, and finally to VfB Stuttgart where his Bundesliga and international career started.

    But the place where he grew up lost its glory. His parents shifted their bakery to Stuttgart. The house (the second house to the left of the main entrance of Buchsteiner plastic fabric) has been transformed, first into a doctor’s surgery and later into a normal residential property. So there is no hint about Gingen’s most famous son, and no street is named after him.

    See location on the Buchsteiner tip photo.

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    The chats with Jürgen's mother in the bakery. I often sneaked in shortly before closing time, and then we started to chat about school, sports and life. And do not forget: I was a schoolgirl then, not another adult. But Frau Klinsmann was interested in the people and their stories, not if they were rich and famous or not. Even when Jürgen had become a star they were - proud, of course - but always modest and down to earth. And they continued their hard work as a baker's family.

    Often the father came out from the bakehouse, and joined the chat. Often the four sons came into the shop as well, they stood there like organ-pipes, all four with the whitish blond hair of the mother. Not a single one had got the father's dark hair. The Klinsmann family were incredibly nice people, always friendly despite their hard job. Unfortunately the father has already died from cancer. I always remember the whole family with a smile.

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    The Travelling Gingeners

    by Kakapo2 Updated Sep 11, 2007

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    My parents in Gingen keep me up to date.

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    Swabian people are said to be the Scots of Germany. They keep their money together, following the slogan: Schaffa, schaffa, Häusle baua… (Work, work, build a little house) But they are also said to love travelling. One joke is as follows:

    When Christopher Columbus arrived in America, a white guy came to the beach and asked him: “Wo kommscht denn du her?” (Schwäbisch for: Where do YOU come from?)

    Yes, and so it happens that I know about four people/families from our tiny Gingen who live in New Zealand, three even here in Christchurch and my school friend’s sister and her family in the Bay of Islands.

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    Although I have always loved travelling, first several times a year to France, then to the rest of the world, I have always loved to come back to Gingen. The landscape is so beautiful, and right now there are still quite some people who know and others who at least remember me.

    My parents do not like me to live so far away but they have learnt to live with it. My mother calls me or faxes me the latest sports results, and of course, also some gossip, and when I miss chocolate or other specialties, she sends me a parcel.

    On our last visit (August 2007) we explored the whole region on my parents' old three-gear bicycles. Some trips were really hard exercises but I loved every minute, the views from the hills and castles, and the freedom we had already enjoyed as kids, strolling through the woods, building huts with our friends, playing hide-and-seek on the street. And still no fences anywhere. Wonderful!

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    Accommodation and Restaurants

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 11, 2007

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    Gingen has a good selection of local restaurants.

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    Gingen has quite a lot of restaurants taking into account that it has only 4500 inhabitants. Once Gasthof Reichsadler on B 10 was the top address, with hotel rooms and fabulous food but those times are long gone by. Now it has been transformed into a gaming business with hotel rooms. Strange combination… (Hotel Spielerparadies Chris, Hindenburgstraße 78, phone 43090)

    (Phone prefix always 07162)

    If you have read my Things To Do Tips you know already that “s’Café” is the top place to go to, thanks to its fantastic cakes. They also have good snacks and home-made ice-cream. (Café Konditorei Soukup, Bahnhofstraße 4, phone 7830)

    You also know Gasthof Grünenberg, 2 km outside Gingen, on a hill with the same name. On the way to Grünenberg you pass a lot of small gardens with a lot of fruit trees. Unfortunately the huts on those leased properties get burgled quite often. (Grünenberg, phone 7224)

    A very traditional restaurant with accommodation is Gasthaus Filseck. There you will meet older locals who have their stories to tell. They traditionally meet at the Stammtisch, a table reserved for the regulars. (Lindenstraße 1/ at the corner of Lindenstraße and Bahnhofstraße, phone 6230)

    Gasthaus Rößle also has a long history. Cannot say a lot about its actual state, as I have not been there for ages. (Hintere Gasse 17, phone 5125)

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    Gasthaus Sonne would also fall into this category but it has been transformed into a pizzeria, so it is a safe option for people who are as sceptical towards Swabian specialties – apart from Schnitzel and fried potatoes - as is my husband… (Enge Gasse 7, phone 943 807)

    Gaststätte Hohenstein serves Swabian food but has no Swabian owner anymore, so real Schwaben are not happy with everything they serve. But if you are not into details you will be happy with the food which is of good quality. (Austraße 7, phone 5156)

    Two newer additions to the Gingen restaurant scene are Kastanienhof (Bahnhofstraße 73, phone 947 676) next to the railway station and Bistro Kleine Welt (Bahnhofstraße 2, phone 943 807) at the intersection with B 10. The bistro is at an unfortunate location but nevertheless they have a romantically fenced outdoor seating area. Kastanienhof has a fabulous beergarden under huge old chestnut trees and quite a nice menu. The prices are not so nice…

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    Wacholderheide (Dry Juniper Landscapes)

    by Kakapo2 Updated Sep 11, 2007

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    Wacholderheide at the bottom of the hill on right.

    Favorite thing: This is another feature of this Jurassic region. Along hillsides and also on the top of some hills of the Jurassic landscape you find dry grasslands dotted with juniper shrubs, called Wacholderheide.

    The Wacholderheiden are typical everywhere on the Schwäbische Alb – so not down in the valleys but in more elevated areas. Nature has delivered the poor limy soil – but finally sheep have done the rest of the job. They have eaten all vegetation but the thorny juniper shrubs. So those shrubs are the only medium-height growing plants in this landscape. If you look closely, you find innumerable different kinds of colourful tiny flowers on the ground.

    You find such Wacholderheiden on all elevations around Gingen, the first ones near Grünenberg, on Fränkel, on Burren, and the most famous example is Oberböhringer Heide. You get there if you carry on from Grünenberg to Unterböhringen, and you turn to the left when the main road turns to the right, following the sign to Oberböhringen.

    Fondest memory: The Heide is a great playground, for sports, sunbathing and picnics. Also a golf course is up there.

    As children we loved the picnics up there. A big wood fire was lit, and then we skewered sausages on spiky sticks and grilled them in the fire. For digestion we played football, using sticks as goalposts.

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    Typical Jurassic Landscape

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 11, 2007

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    If you see it, please leave it where it is.

    Favorite thing: When you walk around on the hills you will notice the lot of rocks and stones along the steep decline at the edge of the Schwäbische Alb. (This decline is called Albtrauf.) Those oddly shaped rocks, towering in the typical light beech forests, are reminders of the Swabian Jura and that those valleys were once filled by mighty rivers that dug their way deeper and deeper into the Jurassic plateau. If you are lucky and keep your eyes open, and do not just admire the wonderful hilly landscape but also have looks at the ground, you might spot such petrificacions as you can see on the photo.

    Fondest memory: I spotted this snail fossil on the walking track between the summit of Hohenstein and Kuchalb.

    A great place where you can learn and see more of this part of the geological history (including dinosaurs) is the Urzeitmuseum in Holzmaden, which is on Autobahn A 8, exit Aichelberg/Göppingen.

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    Contact for more Info

    by Kakapo2 Updated Sep 11, 2007

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    Gingen has conserved its rural charm.

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    Contact

    Bürgermeisteramt (Town Hall)
    Bahnhofstraße 25
    73333 Gingen/ Fils

    Phone (07162) 96 06-0
    Fax (07162) 96 06-66
    Email bma@Gingen.de
    Website: www.gingen.de

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