Recently we stayed at a hotel near the town of Schwabach Germany – what they call The Goldsmith Town. I decided that since we were in the area we had to check it out. This is not one the the towns that you’ll find in the big travel books but it has some unique features that make it worth a quick visit. Schwabach is located about 30 minutes from Anabach and 20 minutes from Nurnberg (or Nuremberg), Nurnberg is a popular destination if you you have time in passing through check out Schwabach.
The major highlight of this village is that for over 500 years goldsmiths in this town have been making gold leaf, in the past it was beaten by hand, today now done by machines, hence the reason why it’s called The Goldsmith Town (the link is best viewed using Google Chrome to translate it as the English version is lacking the tourism info). There is a City Museum and Gold Beater workshop that can be toured on certain dates, if your lucky you can even see a live gold beater in action! We did not get to do this since we had a basketball game to be at on Saturday.
The other neat thing is that throughout this village you can find gold leaf statues and gold leaf on buildings! We were able to find a few of them!
We found the giant golden egg statue, and it sure is big!
The golden Madonna which is in front of the church in the first picture. This is located near the walkplatz.
We found the golden roof, where the bricks were covered in 24 carat gold leaf. We had to walk into the Walkplatz to see it and get a picture.
Even the clock faces are covered with gold leaf in this village. There is no lack of gold leaf here that is for sure.
There is also this horse head fountain in the walkplatz as well, but it was not running, as I’m sure they turn them off in the winter months.
The town also had a little market set up in the walkplatz of the city center. A walkplatz is a area in the city center, usually cobble stoned, where pedestrians can walk and shop. Vehicles are not allowed and you have to park outside the walkplatz area. The main fountain looked like it was covered for winter, but I bet it looks awesome in the warmer months.
And even a truck selling a variety of meats! You don’t see that in the US!
And of course we wouldn’t be doing our traveling duty if we didn’t find a little treat shop to try out, luckily Schwabach did not leave us disappointed! In fact it has been my favorite dessert we’ve found so far!
This little cafe served ice cream, waffles, sandwiches, and drinks. There was something for everyone.
Mr. B & Bea have been on a hunt for an ice cream shop and were excited to able to get ice cream here.
Bub went for a waffle with powdered sugar, one of his new favorite treats since moving to Germany.
I had to try the waffle with cherries and it was SO good! Hot waffle with powdered sugar, warm cherries, ice cream and whipped cream, it doesn’t get any better than that! Now I just need to find these at a place closer to Spangdahlem. Or maybe not because I may end up eating them all the time 😉
As you can see Swabach is a hidden gem that is worth stopping in if your passing through that way. From the gold leaf statues to the great eats this village was worth the stop for us. I like it when we are able to find little ‘off the map’ places that are not over commercialized and this one fit the bill.
Know Before You Go:
What: Schwabach, Germany ‘The Goldsmith Town’
How To Get There: Approximately 3 hours 57 mins from Spangdahlem and 2 hours 47 minutes from Ramstein. This is also only 30 mins from Ansbach so if you travel for your kids sports teams this is an option to stay here.
Parking: Can be found in various locations, we found a free spot where we used our blue parking disc.
Cost: Free to walk around the Walkplatz, take Euro for shopping & eating if desired.
Traveling with little kids: Strollers are ok here, although I’m not sure if your wanting to visit some of the musuems.
How long: Plan on at least 1 hour to stroll around the town & eat some yummy waffles!