Blaubeuren is also known as the 'Pearl of the Swabian Alb'. This puts into words the charm of the landscape and the beauty of the town, which is located in the impressive glacial meltwater valley of the Danube at the legendary Blautopf (Eduard Mörike, 'Historie von der Schönen Lau'), probably the most beautiful spring in the whole of the Swabian Alb and the entrance to a vast system of subterranean caves. A former Benedictine monastery was built in the close vicinity of the Blautopf and the whole complex of buildings has survived over the centuries, preserving many treasures of art history within its walls. The striking landscape had, however, already fascinated people thousands of years ago. This is where Neanderthals hunted ibex and other wild goats on the steep precipices and 35,000 years ago modern man created the oldest works of art and the oldest musical instruments known to mankind. From the caves in the precipices, our early ancestors had a perfect view across the sheltered valley, rich in game, and were thus able to bear up against the surreal climate of the last Ice Age.
Places to see:
Blautopf with the historical hammer mill (films on the exploration of the cave system); the former Benedictine monastery with one of the most important Gothic wood-carved altars in Germany (Ulm school); the only completely preserved bath house of the monks and the Schubart room, a small museum exhibiting literature, can both be visited in the monastery complex; prehistoric museum with a gallery presenting 40,000 years of art; prehistoric caves.
Things to do:
Museums; hiking routes to the archeological sites; concerts in the monastery; guided tours of the town; open air swimming pool.
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