Discover Germany, Issue 35, February 2016

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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Culture & Nature Experiences

as the hiking path leads along a varying landscape with great views. Those who want to find out more about this specific topic, should head to Eppingen’s city and timber framing museum Alte Uni, which displays an exhibition about the Eppinger Linien. Many visitors also love to cycle through the park’s fascinating nature. A great sight are the historic town centres of the small nature park communes along the way. And why not stop by at Maulbronn’s monastery? The UNESCO World Heritage Site is classified as the best-preserved, medieval monastery north of the Alps. Built in the 12th century by Cistercian monks, not only the monastery, but also the surrounding landscape, are part of the heritage site as the monks substantially fostered vinoculture and farming and contributed to the overall landscape look. They cleared forests and created watering systems and fish ponds. The latter are natural reserves today.

Hiking, cycling, mountainbiking A hiking highlight is the Eppinger-LinienPath, which takes visitors alongside 42 kilometres of enchanting scenery and along the Eppinger Linien – an entrenchment structure which was built by margrave Ludwig Wilhelm of Baden in the baroque period to counteract the marches of the French army under Ludwig XIV. A sculpture project with nine large sculptures and installations by artist Hinrich Zuern picks up this historical topic and symbolically describes the consequences of this war for the region’s general public, the ordinary people outside the pompous baroque palaces. These entrenchment structures count towards the largest archaeological ground monuments in Baden-Wuerttemberg. Therefore, the Eppinger-Linien-Path combines history and art with attractive nature

Main image: Photo: Rudi Thalhäuser Left from top: Surrounded by forest and its inhabitants, Tripsdrill offers comfortable tree houses for overnight stays in nature. A sculpture by Hinrich Zuern on the Eppinger Linien path. Below: Maulbronn’s monastery is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Maulbronn’s monastery. With their motto ‘pray and work’ the monks were able to obtain a significant economic and political power position.

A highlight for families is the leisure and adventure park Tripsdill, which comprises of an inventively designed amusement park with roller coaster rides, as well as a wildlife park. Its nature resort gives visitors the opportunity to sleep in cute tree houses. Besides the activities and sights mentioned above, the region also offers numerous events, such as wine festivals, guided tours or the Peter and Paul Festival in Bretten, which takes more than 100,000 visitors back to the Middle Ages at the end of June each year. The nature park centre in Zaberfeld, in the middle of the nature park and next to the swimming lake Ehmetsklinge, is the perfect place to learn more about the nature. A permanent exhibition about the region and changing exhibitions teach visitors about the significance of meadow orchards or butterflies, for example. Additionally, nature park guides offer interesting guided tours for different target groups and on different topics. The nature park Stromberg-Heuchelberg shows how exciting natural diversity can be and combines it with fascinating cultural and culinary offers.

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