Markgröningen - Picture perfect and rich in history
Location: Markgröningen–country living
Markgröningen is not a large town–it is estimated that only around 15,000 people live within the township–but it benefits from its proximity to the city of Ludwigsburg (10 km away) and Stuttgart (20 km away). The town itself is surrounded by rolling countryside in one of Germany’s most productive agricultural areas.
Business: Commuter haven
While the agricultural and tourist trades maintain a healthy economy in Markgröningen, the small size of the town and its historic nature means that most people leave the town to find work in the nearby cities of Stuttgart and Ludwigsburg. Proximity to these major cities means that Markgröningen is popular with commuters who want the country life but with a city salary.
Culture: Honouring the past
Despite two wars, Markgröningen’s historical centre remains very well preserved, and this is largely down to a strong respect among locals for the past. Visit the 600-year-old Gasthaus Krone, nowadays home to a Greek restaurant, and the Zum Ratsstüble restaurant for images and mementos from the past, and speak to locals for stories about old customs and traditions, such as the famous Schäferlauf (“Shepherd’s Run”).
Activities: Run with the shepherds
You can find a gym or a swimming pool anywhere, but no other town has its own annual Shepherd’s Run. Although the race itself has been going since 1828, over the past few decades it has been expanded over an entire weekend, incorporating markets, dances, processions and a whole host of different activities. It is unmissable–even for non-shepherds.