One of Germany’s prettiest towns. Herrenberg is a small and charming town about 30 km from Stuttgart. The half-timbered houses, cobble-stoned streets, picturesque market square (Marktplatz) and the magnificent view from the top of the castle ruins will make you feel like you’re part of a fairy tale. Herrenberg is a hidden gem that not many people have discovered yet.
Plan to spend at least half a day in Herrenberg. Most stores open at 10 a.m. Bakeries open earlier around 7 a.m. You can have brunch, lunch, or dinner at the restaurants and cafes. You can take a nice walk around town, go up to the castle ruins or see the bell museum (Glockenmuseum) inside the Stiftskirche. The Marktplatz is a lovely area to relax and have an Eis kaffee (iced coffee with a scoop of ice cream) or Spaghetti Eis from one of the Eis cafes or gelaterias.
Best time to visit is Monday – Saturday when most places are open. Wear some comfortable walking or hiking shoes and don’t forget to bring your camera.
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How to get here:
Getting to Herrenberg is easy. You can fly to Stuttgart, rent a car, and drive south. There’s also a train station at the bottom of the airport that will take you to Herrenberg with only one transfer (Rohr). Herrenberg is at the end of the track so you can’t miss it. There are cabs and buses available but don’t bother because it’s a short walk to the Marktplatz. Head in the direction of the Stiftskirche (the dome can be seen from the train station).
Marktplatz 2, 71083 Herrenberg (open Tuesday – Sunday)
A family owned restaurant located at the market square. This place serves authentic Italian dishes. pasta, pizza, salads, wine, and desserts. There is a gelato window on the side for customers who want to enjoy a scoop or two of gelato without having to go in. They usually have tables outside in the front and back (terrace) of the restaurant during the summer so guests can enjoy the sunshine and view. Food is delicious and the prices are reasonable. Service is great and the staff are friendly.
Osteria da Gino
Brongasse 1, 71083 Herrenberg
Schlossberg 3, 71083 Herrenberg
Located at the castle ruins. It’s a short climb from the Marktplatz. A great place to enjoy the view and a few drinks during the summer. (Open from April to October).
Bakeries & Cafes
Back Station COC
Bahnhofstraße 17, Herrenberg (across the street from Herrenberg train station)
Let’s take a stroll
It’s not always busy with tourists. It’s mostly locals who wander around the town or stop to eat at the restaurants to chat, relax, or just enjoy a scoop of gelato. The Marktplatz is usually the center of special events such as festivals and concerts. There is also a farmers market every Tuesday and Saturday.
Open Air Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays
Weinachtsmarkt or Christmas market is always fun. The market square is filled with stands selling different goods and foods. Mulled wine or glühwein is a favorite of many.
Fasching in February
Fasching is Germany’s version of Mardi Gras or Carnaval.
The Castle Ruins
Just walking around town…
Don’t forget your souvenir
Bild &Rahmen (Marktplatz)
A little town secret. A hidden museum…it’s easily missed if you’re not looking for it.