Argenbühl — Lots Of Fun In The Allgäu

What the heck, have I been living under a rock for the last 40+ years? How could I never have seen the splendors that is the town of Argenbühl? Who knew such wonders existed in the Allgäu?

Before you say anything… let me tell ya, this federal state is huge. I can’t be everywhere — until now that is. And from the looks of Argenbühl, I think I’m never going anywhere else ever again, I’m staying.

For a while, anyway. I can’t just abandon my years long quest to bring you every German town now, can I?

Argenbühl is actually a number of villages, places like Christazhofen that has a very pretty neo-Romanesque church from the 19th century. And Eglofs with its own church, a Baroque one from 1766.

Eglof is one of the more visited villages, offering its visitors a chance to see its Swabian Musical Instrument Museum, an Allgäu medicinal herb garden with a barefoot path no less, and an outdoor theater that’s got all sorts of performances taking place.

Eisenharz’s got an 18th century chapel and a Gothic church. Add in a stop to the nature reserve, and you’ve got a full vacation in one small spot.

I guess you can say the same about Ratzenried. Take a walk through the village’s covered bridge (built 1789), or take a hike over to the ruins of Castle Ratzenried (destroyed by the Swedes back in the 1600s).

Just so you know, there are two Castle Ratzenrieds — a medieval one in ruins, the other is someone’s private residence.

Can I buy your house? ;-)

On the first Sunday of the month, the Heritage Museum is open for business. It’s all right that it’s only open one day a month — there’s too much going on here in Argenbühl.

As if seeing its old buildings isn’t enough — you’ve got a choice to try paragliding, taking a hot air balloon ride, careen down the side of the mountain on a summer toboggan track, hike, bike, Nordic Walk, or swim in a moorland lake.

Whewww, I’m tired. Aren’t you? This isn’t even scratching the surface of everything else going on here… this is why I think I’m going to stay.

 

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