Geltendorf — History, Architecture, Festivals, Knights

What’s great about the town of Geltendorf, besides being in Upper Bavaria, is that it somehow manages to blend the modern and the prehistoric all in one shot. It’s a place of inspiring natural beauty, a hodge-podge of history and architecture, as well as town that can party ’til you can’t party anymore.

It’s probably best to go back to Geltendorf’s beginnings — way back in the Neolithic Age.

A prehistoric settlement from about 5,500 years ago was discovered accidentally in the 20th century; taking almost 20 years to excavate. Today the Prähistorische Siedlung Pestenacker (Prehistoric Settlement Pestenacker) is an outdoor museum to learn more about life some five thousand years ago.

The Middle Ages was a time in German history that many like to learn more about — but it’s partying like a medieval knight or lady that everyone seems to love around here. You’re close enough to experience the Kaltenberger Ritterturnier, a medieval event of jousting and artisans, and everything in between.

With a little imagination it’s easy to see what a medieval castle could have looked like. Nothing remains of the 10th century castle where the Burgstall Walleshausen is found today.

I’d gander to say if the St. Stephan Church from the 10th century didn’t get a few renovations over the years, it too probably would be gone. Good thing it’s not — and it’s a lovely Baroque church these days.

You’d think there wouldn’t be time to go sightseeing with all the festivals and markets. Some of the more popular ones are the Wine Festival in October, the Pfarrfest in June, and the Magdalenenfest and Jakobifest — both held in July.

And just meandering around the Upper Bavarian countryside is good enough for some (it is for me). But while you’re out there on a country lane or bike trail, you might want to look out for a few of the town’s chapels. Many of them come from the 16th-18th centuries — little buildings on the side of the road built by a pious few.

I know I thank Heaven every time I get to come here — and it’s a double Thank You for getting to come to Geltendorf.

 

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