Our suggestions at one glance
Tourism and Free Time:
The region around our Hotel zum Ochsen has a strong cultural and activity-rich tradition, offering the following highlights easily accessible within a perimeter of approximately 15 to 20km:
- The Protestant Parish Church of Saint Laurentius in Berghülen from the year 1504 with its famous Rococo Organ from the year 1784 and the magnificent hand-painted ceiling.
- The Protestant Parish Church of St. Veitin in Bühlenhausen with the famous frescoes of the Clever and Foolish Virgins from the year 1477.
- The Protestant Church of St. Christopher & St. Margaret in Treffensbuch, built in 1142, one of the oldest churches in Württemberg.
- The historic border stone known as the “Pretty Stone” („Hübscher Stein“) in the valley East of Treffensbuch, which marked the boundary between the ruling Helfensteiner and Württemberg dynasties.<-Daily Hikes
- Located in the center of the town of Bühlenhausen is one of the last remaining “Hülen” or “pool of water” on the Swabian Alb ( = Highlands)
- The unique “Hülenpfad” (= hiking route along the water) can be explored on foot or by bicycleer
- The interesting Coach-Wagon Museum in Bühlenhausen is always worth a visit.
- The varied landscape of our Swabian Highlands invites you to long walks, hikes and bike tours throughout the year to explore its beautiful diversity.
- The “Hohle Fels” (= Hollow Rock) was deemed a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in July 2017 and is the largest freely accessible cavern in the Swabian Highlands. “Venus From The Hollow Rock” and the “Vulture’s Flute” were found there as the oldest sculpted portrayal of humankind and the oldest musical instrument.
- The Cloister Blaubeuren was founded in 1085, and was ceded to the Dukes of Württemberg after the Reformation. It is renowned for the exquisite décor of its choir loft pews and its legendary High Altar.
- The Blautopf (literally, Blue Pot) in Blaubeuren is the second largest mountain spring in all of Germany. The ‘Blautopf’ receives its name from its deep blue coloration, which is the result of the refraction of the limestone particles in the water from the sunlight’s rays.Blaubeuren ist die zweit größte Karstquelle in ganz Deutschland. Bekannt ist der Blautopf für seine tief blaue Farbe. Je nach Lichteinfall entsteht Sie durch einen physikalischen Effekt in Kombination mit den Kalkpartikeln im Wasser.
- The Ancient History Museum in Blaubeuren is Baden-Württemberg’s central museum concentrating on the Stone Age as its primary focus.
- The climbing forest in Laichingen is a true natural highlight where young and old can delight in climbing from one tree top to another up to a height of 16 meters (=over 50 feet).
- Adventure Golf in Westerheim is yet another free-time activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Very challenging in that you play between rocks and trees, overcome water barriers and tee off at distances of up to 30 meters (= almost a 100 feet). Mini-Golf was ‘so yesterday.’ Today we play Adventure Golf.
- On the summer bob course in Donstetten, you can coast down the mountain at speeds up to 60 km (= almost 40 miles) per hour. Exhilarating fun for the whole family.
- The Ulm Minster, is Germany’s largest Protestant Church and features the highest church tower in the world. If you have the energy to climb up the 768 steps, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the historic Old Town of Ulm.
- The Laichinger Tiefenhöhle Caverns, at 80 meters deep and 1,253 meters long is the only deep pit cave that has been developed to allow access to the public.