The Schwaben Club of Kitchener
Welcome to the WRX Property Group website and blog! Or should I say, Willkommen auf dem WRX Website und Blog! Today marks an exciting occasion: we are embarking on a new series on several special clubs in Kitchener-Waterloo.
These clubs celebrate German culture and traditions (and a variety of German cultures and traditions, at that); they’re restaurants, banquet halls, and more. As you may know, Kitchener has a proud German heritage – whether you’ve noticed it in the street names, the famous Oktoberfest festivities, or the WRX article on Kitchener.
Today, we’ll be looking at the Schwaben Club. So, let’s take a look!
The Schwaben Club is located on King Street East in Kitchener, right between the neighbourhoods of Kingsdale and King East (it’s a very regal part of the city). The club was established in 1931, and it’s been upholding German (and Danube Swabian) culture in Kitchener ever since.
It’s a great place to visit, or to celebrate special occasions, and it’s got award-winning schnitzel (they are the proud recipients of the 2011 Hansie Award ‘Fester’s Choice’ Best Schnitzel). We’ll get into the specifics of what they offer, but first, a little bit of history.
Who are the Schwaben people, from whom the Schwaben Club derives its name? Their full name in English is the Danube Swabians, and their history stretches back to the seventeenth-century, when German-speaking settlers moved to lands around the Danube River (primarily in central European countries like Hungary and Romania) after the Ottomans were driven out.
They toiled and brought prosperity to the region, while developing a shared identity defined by their proud German heritage. As land became scarce, Danube Swabians began spreading out, some arriving to Canada and the United States.
And after numerous tumultuous events in the nineteenth and early to mid-twentieth centuries, even more came to North America, with many arriving in southern Ontario and Kitchener-Waterloo.