Discover Germany | Special Theme | Best of Bavaria
Pristinely Bavarian with Mediterranean flair Freising combines ancient traditions with a Mediterranean way of life. TEXT: TOURISMUSAMT FREISING, TRANSLATION: NANE STEINHOFF
As the oldest town on the Isar, Freising is classified as the heart of Old Bavaria. Impressive baroque and playful rococo buildings, as well as gothic town houses witness the wealth of past days and the high quality of life of the tradition-steeped but also young at heart university city in Munich’s north. Dreamy alleys invite for strolling, while the cafés on rosedotted market squares combine Bavarian traditions with Mediterranean joie de vivre. The town’s landmark is the Domberg with its Marien cathedral which towers high above the old town. The interior of the church was equipped with magnificent baroque décor by the famous Asam brothers. This place also enjoys international renown as a place of learning – not only because Cardinal Ratzinger, the emeritus Pope Benedikt
XVI., previously studied and lectured here. The mystical beasts’ pillar in the cathedral’s Romanesque crypt and the Prince Bishop residence are further popular attractions. The St. Georg parish church’s tower watches over the city centre. The approximately 1,000-year-old, former monastery Neustift and its abbey St. Peter and Paul – one of Bavaria’s most renowned rococo churches – lie only a few minutes away.
A romantic town with much to offer Barely any other city in Germany has maintained its romantic atmosphere of the late Middle Ages as much as Rothenburg. The well-preserved town in the Franconian region of Bavaria is the perfect getaway from the stress of everyday life. TEXT: MONIQUE AMEND
Around 1400, Rothenburg belonged to the Holy Roman Empire’s biggest towns and has kept its unique medieval appearance until today. An evening tour guided by the original nightwatchman of Rothenburg, whose job it was to keep the town and its people safe at night, will show you the beauty of the city. You will discover the well-preserved and accessible town wall, as well as towers, gates and bastions, while enjoying the charm of the historic city with its winding alleys, little shops and gorgeous patrician houses. The local Medieval Crime & Justice Museum gives visitors an insight on the numerous instruments of torture used in the Middle Ages. But if you are in need of harmony, you can visit the German Christ42 | Issue 39 | June 2016
mas museum and the Christmas village of Kaethe Wohlfahrt which are both open all year round and sell the biggest variety of traditional German Christmas decoration. Of course Rothenburg also offers a variety of culinary delicacies: ‘Taste of the Tauber’ is a merger of the city’s leading restaurateurs that serve typical local dishes. During an additional wine-tasting you can also learn about the Franconian wines grown in the area. www.tourismus.rothenburg.de Top: The Ploenlein. © Rothenburg Tourismus Service, W. Pfitzinger Middle: The nightwatchman of Rothenburg. © Rothenburg Tourismus Service, P. Frischmuth Bottom: Panorama of Rothenburg. © Rothenburg Tourismus Service, W. Pfitzinger
The Weihenstephan hill combines tradition and modernity like no other. Here, one can find the campus, the university city’s scientific centre, which is embellished with art from contemporary sculptors. A bit further, the world’s oldest brewery and the university’s show gardens are situated. All in all, Freising is the right place to get to know Bavarian traditions in a future-oriented town. www.tourismus.freising.de Left and Middle: © Touristinformation Freising/G. Standl Right: © Touristinformation Freising / M. Meinhard
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