Beratzhausen — Pilgrimage And Fruit Trails

Blahhh, another blank page staring me in the face. Whatever did the town of Beratzhausen do to deserve such writer’s block? Nothing really, I bet it’s the fear of not being able to do this Upper Palatinate town its proper due.

It’s easy enough to tell you that Beratzhauen is found right between Regensburg and Nuremberg (though closer to the former). And it’s simple to tell you people have lived here from Bronze Age days.

See, Marcus, that wasn’t so hard. ;-)

What’s hard to get out in words is all the stuff you’ll get to see and do throughout its 56 (yes, fifty-six) villages.

As with most Bavarian towns, you’ll easily fall in love with its many hiking trails. The one that I enjoyed most was the 14 Stations of the Obst und Bibel trail.

Fruit and Bible Trail? Yeah, seems right considering Beratzhauen is also located along the Way of St. James — and did have its own Pilgrimage Church back in the early 18th century. Doesn’t sound too old, does it? You want older stuff?

All right, how about traipsing on over to see the ceiling frescoes at the Baroque & Rococo Church of Sts. Peter & Paul. WAhh, wait — that’s not older. What about coming to see the 14th century Cemetery Chapel of St. Michael? Better make it a visit to what’s left of Schloss Beratzhausen, a castle whose construction started almost a thousand years ago in 1025, while you’re at it too.

What’s really wonderful about towns like this, is they not only embrace their past, they live in the present. Beratzhausen is a town that truly likes to party. Come September, you’ve got events where “Medieval Folk Rock” bands play, or everyone gets together for the Kirwa celebrations. And you’ll just love its Christmas Market while you’re here, too.

Did you know every Summer the Art Academy has some kind of workshop for creative types? At the end of it all, you’re more than welcome to see their works. Just check at the Tourist Office (located at Marktstra├če 33) for more details.

One last thing about art… be sure you leave enough time to see Beratzhausen’s Sculpture Park. Put here in 1992, these massive blocks are an artistic vision.

This page isn’t so blank after all — I just hope I gave Beratzhauen the recognition it rightfully deserves. If not, I’ll come back here anytime to give it another whirl. ;-)

 

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