Weingarten
"THE GATEWAY TO THE ALLGÄU" – UNIVERSITY LIFE AMONG LAKES, MOUNTAINS AND FORESTS

Blick gen Martinsberg © Sophie Nagel
Blick gen Martinsberg© Sophie Nagel

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? Do you like climbing, hiking or biking? Are you looking for a degree programme that combines both theory and practice? Then come to Weingarten in the south of Germany!

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WELCOME TO WEINGARTEN

Weingarten is located in the south-east corner of Baden-Württemberg in southern Germany just a few kilometres away from Lake Constance. From Weingarten you can easily cross over the border into Austria or Switzerland. The closest neighbouring city is Ravensburg. The was originally founded as an engineering school in Ravensburg. That’s why Ravensburg is in the name. But all of the courses offered at the university take place in Weingarten. The is also situated in Weingarten.

The city has a very cosy, small-town atmosphere which will help you feel right at home. On your first walk through the quaint historic downtown, you’ll soon discover some of Weingarten’s attractions. The best-known is certainly , a former Benedictine monastery. You’ll see it perched high up on the „Martinsberg“ north of the city centre. From there you can enjoy a great view of Weingarten. It’s quite a romantic setting, especially in the summer at sunset. Many locals refer to the abbey as the „Swabian St. Peter’s“, because St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome was used as a model for the Baroque church, which is half the size of the Italian original. But even so, it holds the title as the largest Baroque church north of the Alps.

Several minutes away on foot, you’ll arrive at what residents endearingly call the , or „Fruit Box“. Built in 1688, this castle-like building was once used as the town’s granary and wine cellar. Today the „Fruchkasten“ serves as the library of the University of Education and the University of Applied Sciences.

Other sites worth visiting downtown include the , the Alemannic Museum and the sculpture titled „“ next to the Amtshaus.

LIVING IN WEINGARTEN

In contrast to the metropolitan centres of Munich and Stuttgart nearby, Weingarten is a quiet, peaceful town where you can easily master the challenges of daily life on foot or by bike. In the summer, you’ll see lots of people in the Stadtgarten (city park) relaxing in the sun, enjoying an ice-cream. The Café Museum on Karlstraße is located close by. There you can sit outside and watch the comings and goings of shoppers and tourists downtown.

If you decide to live in Weingarten, you will have to learn more about the „Plätzler„. The „Plätzler Altdorf Weingarten Association“ was founded in 1348. During „Fasnet“ the members dress up in their typical red and white costumes. „Fasnet“ is the celebration of Carnival that takes place every February or March, similar to „Karneval“ or „Fasching“ in other parts of Germany. The days of „Fasnet“ mark the beginning of Lent – traditionally a period of fasting, six weeks before Easter. A one-of-a-kind event you shouldn’t miss. You can learn more about the history of „Fasnet“ at the .

In addition to „Fasnet„, Weingarten also hosts a huge event every year called the „“ featuring some two to three thousand horseriders in tailcoats and top hats parading through the city. The event, which takes place on the Friday after Ascension, is said to be the largest mounted procession in Europe. The riders are accompanied by some 80 marching bands and attract more than 30,000 tourists each year. A spectacle you have to see with your own eyes!

In your free time you can participate in a sports course offered by the University of Education. They offer a wide range of inexpensive courses, for example, in dancing, acrobatics, swimming, Filipino martial arts and ballet. Are you interested in meeting other students at an international cultural night or taking part in an excursion to Stuttgart or the Castle Hohenzollern? All you have to do is sign up at the International Office. Weingarten lies directly at the edge of Altdorf Forest. If you don’t have too much time, but need a breather, the forest is a safe place to take a walk under the trees.

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