Geislingen an der Steige
HIDDEN PEARL IN THE SWABIAN ALPS

Blick über Geislingen an der Steige © Bettina Ruhland
Blick über Geislingen an der Steige© Bettina Ruhland

Geislingen an der Steige is a small city in Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany which not too many people are familiar with. The town looks back on an eventful past and is now an attractive place for young people to live and study. But the one thing it is above all else – a paradise for nature lovers.

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WELCOME TO GEISLINGEN AN DER STEIGE

ou might be surprised to learn that Geislingen an der Steige is a world star. In fact, you have probably held its most famous product in your hands at one time. This is where the company WMF (Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik) was founded. It produces cutlery, pots, pans and coffee machines which are exported to many countries around the world. Maybe to your home country, too. Yet most Germans haven’t even heard of the Geislingen an der Steige.

Because the town is situated in a region where five valleys merge, it is often called the “Five-Valley City”. It owes its nickname to the Upper and Lower Fils Valley, the Rohrach Valley, the Eyb Valley and the Längen Valley. And where there are valleys, there are usually mountains which offer great scenic views. Atop the “Ostlandkreuz” and the “Dreimännersitz am Michelberg” you will be rewarded with a breath-taking panorama of the Swabian Alps. This is the name of the mountainous region in southern Germany on which Geislingen an der Steigeborders. The and the former are two exciting destinations for weekend excursions.

But where did the city get its long, strange name? Geislingen an der Steige is located on an ancient trade route which once wound its way through the mountains of the Swabian Alps. The German word „Steige“ refers to a steep path leading uphill. In this case, it was the trail that the tradesmen had used long ago. By the mid-19th century, however, Geislingen an der Steige received its own train connection. At the time, it was celebrated as a miracle of technology and today it is one of the steepest train lines in central Europe. In August 2015, a so-called “” was opened, featuring historical facts and information about the area around the “Steige”.

There are many historical buildings in the centre of town, for example, the “” in the pedestrian zone. While there, you’ll certainly pass the “”, a building eight storeys high which used to serve as Geislingen’s grain silo long ago.

The operates a campus in Geislingen an der Steige and another in Nürtingen. Depending on what you study, your lectures and seminars will either be held Geislingen or Nürtingen.

LIVING IN GEISLINGEN AN DER STEIGE

There are a number of popular meeting places in town including numerous cafés in the pedestrian zone and around Schlossplatz. After a tiring day at the library or shopping around town, you can find a quiet spot to relax at the city park (Stadtpark). Students have the advantage that the park is located directly next to the university. It is generally very quiet there, which means it’s a good place to revise for your end-of-term exams in the summer. Residents of Geislingen love to meet at their and share news and gossip. By visiting the market every Wednesday and Saturday, you can join them and become better acquainted with your new home.

The Horse Market takes place every year on Carnival Tuesday. But they don’t sell real horses there. The most beautiful horses receive prizes and visitors can enjoy traditional specialities. If you’re daring, you might treat yourself to a portion of “Saure Kutteln”, an especially popular dish in Baden-Württemberg made with beef tripe. It’s a real test of courage for people who aren’t used to such „delicacies“.

If you study and live in Geislingen (or Nürtingen), you should definitely have a picnic or barbecue along the Neckar River. The outdoor swimming pool is the best place to spend sunny summer days. The “Zentral Bar” serves great lunches and the “Green Bar & Lounge” delicious cocktails.

 

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