Schwäbisch Gmünd is a small city in the south of Germany that’s big on character. The Altstadt (old town) is crammed with half-timbered houses, narrow streets and atmospheric squares, while the surrounding countryside is laced with hiking and biking trails. The city is home to a lively arts and culture scene, with a variety of galleries, theaters and museums. Schwäbisch Gmünd is also a great place to sample traditional German food and drink. Highlights include the hearty black forest ham and the world-famous Spätzle pasta.