The regional centre of Ehingen (Danube) occupies a picturesque location at the foot of the Swabian Alb, with a fantastic view over the Danube valley in Upper Swabia. The town has a resident population of about 27,000 people and is a vibrant commercial centre with plenty of charm and a fascinating history.
Beer culture and the Baroque
Ehingen is a town with a real beer culture – its residents are very proud of their five active breweries, some of which have a history going back more than 500 years. Wherever you go, you will see evidence of the town's brewing history. Tourists and locals alike enjoy the varied beer culture on offer in traditional family businesses and in the town itself, with options that range from a beer walking trail, brewing courses, and large annual events, such as the legendary Ulrichsfest in Ehingen Berg.
It is not by chance that Ehingen is located on the Upper Swabian Baroque Route (Oberschwäbische Barockstraße): around the 17th century, the town experienced its real heyday as the seat of various Swabian and Austrian estates (the Landstände). Religious orders, such as the Franciscans, Benedictines and Cistercians, also happily settled here and left behind impressive vestiges of their presence in the form of monasteries, seminaries and churches.
Villages and castles
Ehingen includes 17 attractive villages, nestled in the extensive landscape of the Alb plateau and the delightful Danube valley. Shaped by agriculture over many centuries, today these are popular destinations for cyclists and walkers thanks to their authentic and original character. The Ehinger Besinnungsweg (contemplative trail) is roughly 50 kilometres long and has won several awards. It offers a unique way to enjoy the natural and cultural landscape of the region.
As part of the Swabian Alb Biosphere Reserve, Ehingen is the ideal starting point for trips to see the natural wonders of Großes Lautertal, the "Blautopf" spring in Blaubeuren, or the magnificent Renaissance château at Mochental at the foot of the Swabian Alb.
Well-being and enjoyment
Ehingen is a feel-good town. In addition to 53 varieties of beer produced by the five local breweries, guests and locals can enjoy an extensive culinary offering. The popular tourist hostelries in the picturesque surrounding districts mostly serve regional Swabian specialities, while in the main town itself the options range from pleasant cafés and restaurants to sophisticated international cuisine. As a hotel destination, Ehingen offers visitors a wide choice of high-quality accommodation. The lively and attractive town centre is ideal for a leisurely stroll, pausing at one of the astonishing number of small independent businesses. Great importance is attached to hospitality and customer-focused service here.