As Divico the Tigurinus Wolf Herder impersonates a Celtic Chieftain, who successfully led battles against the Romans. Today he does not lead battles but he leads historically interested guests, nature enthusiasts and hikers along the traces of Riusiava the once largest Oppidum of central Europe.
Wool and meat are not the main products from sheep anymore. „Sheep take care of the landscape“, says Melanie Dangel. The herds of sheep from 16 sheep farmes hold the area of the former military training ground in the middle of the biosphere reserve open.
Rolf Geigle did not want to part with the beehives of his father, although he did not know much about beekeeping at first. From the around 70-year-old beekeeping house in his garden in Hengen the bees fly out to trees and plants in the biosphere reserve produzing more than just honey.
Monika Frischknecht makes baskets, decorative elements and fences as screening walls out of willow that she plants on her own willow fields in the biosphere reserve. She hopes that the biosphere thought will also increase the appreciation for local resources and crafts.
When she puts on her costume Sandra Linsenmayer becomes „Marga the market woman“. By her own account Marga is more than 500 years old and when she goes for a walk in Münsingen in the middle of the biosphere reserve she tells many stories from the town’s history.
The more she learned about the profession of her great-great-grandfather more fascinated Rita Goller was by edible snails and the old craft of a snail breeder. There are between 40 000 and 50 000 snails in her “snail garden” in Rietheim in the Swabian Alb biosphere reserve. To raise an edible snail in a sustainable way takes four to five years.
“Why does the Swabian Alb Railway still exist? Because will creates opportunities. There was a common intention to say we won’t let them take away our railway”, says Bernd Weckler, chairman of the Swabian Alb Railway (Schwäbischen Alb-Bahn, SAB), “We want to look for ways so this railway survives.”
Stefan Metzler has the most rare profession within the Swabian Alb biosphere reserve. As a marble maker he uses hydro power from the small river “Seebach” in Neidlingen to make perfectly shining marble spheres out of stones from the Swabian Alb. With his marble spheres he shows the hidden geological diversity of the Swabian Alb.
„If you are sitting on cultural assets like these, you just have to participate“, says Inge Löw. With the archeological group in Erkenbrechtsweiler she searches for evidence from past times and with the Celtic group she brings the historical oppidum “Riusiava” back to life.