Gingen an der Fils Travel Guide

  • At the Schnapperbrunnen in front of the church.
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  • Gingen seen from the road up to Grünenberg.
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Gingen an der Fils Things to Do

  • Kids and perhaps You will enjoy Art in...

    On the loop walk on Schafenberg (towards the Siebenquellen) you can see some art in the forest if you keep your eyes open. Whereas you will not spot the squirrel easily, more or less by coincidence, you cannot miss the wild boar and the piglets, the rabbit and the fox. Those wood carvings are positioned at the clearance mentioned in my walk...

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  • An easy walk or inline skate tour to...

    Hohensteinhalle is the perfect starting point for a walk to Kuchen and the historic workers estate I describe in my Kuchen tip. As the farm track is sealed it is also frequently used by inline skaters and cyclists.If you stand in front of Hohensteinhalle, walk to the left, past the school. Right after the school turn right onto the official cycling...

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  • Great Food at the End of the Walk at...

    I already mentioned this place – a hamlet on a hill above Gingen and Donzdorf - in the Hohenstein walk tip, as the access way by car. But first and foremost it is a traditional hiking destination for Gingeners. You easily reach it by walking from the summit of Hohenstein along the ridge (not along the ridge above the Fils valley but with your back...

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  • No better view of Gingen than from...

    We call such a signature mountain, towering above a town, Hausberg – house hill or mountain. Hohenstein (High Stone) is Gingen’s Hausberg, and with 701 metres the highest hill of the area. You can be rather clever and reach it without much effort after a walk through flat terrain. I will reveal this “secret” access later LOLThe normal thing to do...

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  • Get Insights at the Heimatmuseum „Untere...

    This is a museum of the Hungarian Donauschwaben (Swabians living along the Danube in Hungary). “Untere Baranya” is the name of Gingen’s partnership town. The museum showcasts certificates, costumes and a lot of photos.It is located in the historic railway station is is closed in winter. From April it is open on Sundays from 2pm to 5pm, and on...

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  • Have Fun at Schnapperbrunnen (Snappers...

    Yessss – on those faces you can see that the Gingeners landed a great coup by snapping the Siebenquellen, also called Sieben-Brunnen-Quellen (Seven Wells Springs), on Spitzenberg from the Kucheners. This fountain honours this great achievement which only happened 120 years ago - and if you look closely you see that the water is pouring out of seven...

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  • The Best Sachertorte outside Vienna at...

    This strange name “s’Café” is pure Schwäbisch (Swabian). It means nothing but “the café”, the s stands for the neutral article “das”. The story behind it is that nobody never ever used the original name which was “Café Soukup”, Soukup being the owner’s family name. If you asked someone where he would go or came from the answer always was, “ins...

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  • The Vicarage

    Located in Pfarrstraße, opposite the church and next to the Schnapperbrunnen (fountain), you can only have a look from the outside, unless you plan to have a chat with the pastor ;-) It is a big and beautiful half-timbered house which enhances the beauty of the square in front of the church.

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  • Have a Look at the Inscription of...

    The inscription is the oldest one in Germany that could be dated. It is three (long) lines long, carved into a stone plate. The Latin inscription says that the Bethaus (Prayer House) was dedicated by an abbot named Salemannus in the year 984 after Christ..You find it on the backside of the church. When you cross the gate in the surrounding wall,...

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  • A Visit to Johanneskirche is a Must

    When Gingen was mentioned the first time in 901 – in a gift certificate of Empress Kunigunde – it is supposed that it already had a chapel, a so-called prayer house, in its centre. The inscription from 984 is in Latin and could be conserved over all the years and today is part of an outside wall, on the backside of the church, over a door. The...

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  • A Little Detour to Scharfenschlössle

    This old castle – nestled on a little hill between Gingen and Donzdorf - is in private hands now but the owner allows you to walk within the courtyard. He has restored the tower, and even has TV up there.You reach Scharfenschlössle easily by either walking from Hohenstein to Kuchalb, and then down the hill towards Donzdorf, or by car via Süßen and...

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  • Walking and Cycling towards Süßen and...

    If you do not want to walk or cycle uphill the way to Süßen, the neighbour village towards Göppingen, is a good option. Coming from B 10, turn left after the Rathaus (town hall) and go straight ahead for about 1km, then, at the last roundabout of Gingen, turn right and follow the signs of the official cycling track.You can continue to Donzdorf on...

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  • Walk towards Start Place of the...

    This is a walk towards Kuchen and up the hill where the Siebenquellen sit. I will not lead you directly to the place where the Schnapper story starts because you would get lost, as orientation can be a bit difficult in this forest, and there are absolutely no signs apart from the place names within the forest.This walk starts at B 10, at the Kuchen...

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  • Sports and Dance at Hohensteinhalle

    As mentioned in my intro, this was the first sports stadium of Kreis Göppingen with a handball field of international standard measures. Now it is old-fashioned but, of course, the field still has the correct measures. The local handball teams and other teams of the region play there on Saturdays and Sundays from autumn till spring. Sometimes...

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  • Get a great View of the Region from...

    You still have a great view of the Fils Valley and the surrounding hills from Burren – but you do not have the great view from Gingen to Burren anymore. The trees have grown quite a bit since my childhood, and blocked the view to the treeless top of the rounded hill. You must consider this look to understand the second name of the hill: Nadelkissen...

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Gingen an der Fils Transportation

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    Even from the railway station you see the church.

    by Kakapo2 Written Sep 11, 2007

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    As the region is so nice and there are so many things to see between the cities of Geislingen and Göppingen, it would be best to travel by car. On the other hand you can reach all places by bicycle and strong legs, and there are a lot of uphill sections, as castles were built on the hilltops, and there are really a lot of hills…

    You can reach Gingen by train as it is on the main railway line from Stuttgart to Munich. But as it is a small place only the regional trains stop there, during the week one per hour, each direction, on the weekends less.

    You can buy train tickets only from the vending machine, and for the vending machine in Gingen you need either cash or a cash card (which not a lot of people I know possess). EC cards and credit cards do not work there. The vending machine is at the bottom of the staircase that leads up to the track where the trains towards Geislingen and Ulm stop. To get to the Göppingen/Stuttgart track you have to get to the other side via the railway underpass and then walk up the staircase.

    There is also a bus service to Geislingen. Several stops, main stop in front of the town hall.

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Gingen an der Fils Local Customs

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    Thanks to our ancestors we have the Schnapperfest.

    by Kakapo2 Updated Sep 11, 2007

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    Gingen is not the busiest place of the world but there are some festivities worth to be mentioned:

    Sunday is Funday
    Flea Market and open Sunday (which means that the shops are allowed to open on Sunday), third weekend in September

    Schnapperfest and Schnapperball (Snappers Festival and Snappers Ball)
    Those two events take place alternating every two years
    Schnapperfest is an open-air party in the village centre, with a lot of food stalls and beer (in odd years)
    Schnapperball is a dancing ball with cultural performances in Hohensteinhalle (in even years)

    Children's Festival (Kinderfest)
    This is the festival of the school and kindergartens, including a pageant with dressed up and disguised children, taking place in June

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Gingen an der Fils Favorites

  • Shopping: You Get Everything You Need

    -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...

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  • Where Jürgen Klinsmann grew up

    -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...

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  • The Travelling Gingeners

    -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...

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