On the edge of the Swabian Alb, surrounded by magnificent orchards, lies the small town of Metzingen. But the first glance deceives as behind the quiet town you can find a shopping paradise. The Outlecity Metzingen offers noble brands such as Hugo Boss, Prada and Joop to name just a few. The Outlet attracts up to 3 million shopping fans from over 185 nations every year which makes Metzingen to one of the most important shopping destinations in Europe.
More and more tourists come to get high-quality brands for a small-price, especially during events as the Late Night Shopping or the Sunday sales. But what is behind the scenes? What else has Metzingen to offer besides the world of design brands, model labels and accessories?
If you take a second look, you will recognize that Metzingen does not only belong to the UNESCO biosphere area, but has also has a centuries-old wine-growing tradition. Just a few steps from the fashion outlets, you will find yourself in a completely different world: it feels like in a time journey where you find the traditional Metzingen of the 11th century with its historic buildings and squares, which remember of the passion and love of winegrowing. Curious visitors can go on a discovery tour at the winegrowing museum, others will find their way to the vinotheque at the Kelternplatz. So how about a small wine tasting after a successful shopping day?
In harmony with humans and nature - biosphere gastronomes make it possible. The biosphere reseve Swabian Alb was awarded for the most sustianble holiday destination in Germany. Relaxing times in the nature in connection with the enjoyment of regional products. Holiday can be so much fun.
In addition to the wine tradition, the fruit growing culture is inseparable to Metzingen. There are many regional specialties such as the Swabian national drink "Moscht" (a Cider) produced which you should try. The unique fruit tree museum in Metzingen-Glems offers nature lovers and exhausted shopping-lover an informative and relaxing balance within beautiful nature. If you have enough of the culinary journey through the region, you can go cycling and hiking on the well-marked trails around Metzingen and enjoy the natural beauty of the Swabian Alb. Whether young or old there are a lot of leisure opportunities. The Swabian small town is with its international flair definitely worth a visit, whether as a day trip or for a holiday.
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