A solo escape to Bad Wimpfen, Germany
I am unbelievably fortunate in that I get to live not just in Europe, but in Heidelberg, which may very well be one of the prettiest places I’ve ever been. Better yet, Heidelberg’s proximity to so many wonderful places makes in the ultimate hometown. In an effort to taste a tiny sip of solo travel, from my summer post-wedding goals, I visited the sweet little village of Bad Wimpfen, not far from Heidelberg. This little village was such a delight. Despite the iffy weather, Stuart and I trotted around for almost two hours exploring the cookie cutter village. Nearly every building has been preserved with the original cross-timber architecture.
With it’s convenient location along the Neckar River (the same river that cuts through Heidelberg) the town was given ‘market rights’ by King Otto wayyyy back in 965AD. Coming from the nearly newborn America, history like this absolutely astounds me.
The charm of the cross timber buildings is a result of strict preservation and restoration of the town starting in the 70’s. Nowadays it’s known as a spa town, hence the ‘Bad’ in the name meaning bath, using the natural salt deposits for therapeutic purposes.
Stuart and I climbed the 650 year old ‘Blue Tower’ for views of the charming city and Neckar Valley.
Afterwards we stopped in a cozy restaurant for beer, spatzel (hand cut noodles, popular in southern Germany), lentils and sausage. For Stuart it was dog treats with a side of water… then I was a bad Mom (or good, depending on your views) and gave him bits of sausage.
When is the last time you did a solo trip? I had a fluffy Schnoodle and a good book in tow so it wasn’t bad at all!