Weingarten and the region
The town of Weingarten is located in Upper Swabia, one of the most attractive holiday regions in Germany between the Alps, Lake Constance and the Swabian Alb. The southern neighbouring town is called Ravensburg, a medieval jewel that became world-famous in the 20th century through the Ravensburger Spiele. 70,000 inhabitants live in the two cities. The university town of Weingarten is also home to the College of Education. The university impresses with its location on an extensive campus on the outskirts of the city.
In Upper Swabia, tradition and modernity go hand in hand. On the one hand, high-tech companies with customers from Asia to America, on the other hand, events that look back on centuries of history. Every year on the day after Ascension Day, the so-called "Blutfreitag", thousands and thousands of pilgrims and tourists flock to Weingarten; their destination is the "Blutritt". In an impressive procession, 3,000 riders make their way through the meadows and fields. They carry with them the Holy Blood Relic, a foundation of the Princely House of the Guelphs from 1094.