Hausham — Depleted Coal But Lots Of Sports In The Alps

At first I wondered why the Upper Bavarian town of Hausham had two train stations. I pondered. I questioned. I speculated. And the best reason I could come up with was that lots of people wanted to get themselves right to the foot of the Alps.

Now I’m pretty sure that’s not the real reason, but I really couldn’t care less why civil engineers (or whoever comes up with these ideas) did it. All I know is Hausham is a pretty fantastic town for all sorts of winter or summer sports.

What? I said it right at the foot of the Alps, what did you expect? ;-)

Honestly, Hausham wasn’t always the sports resort kind of place that it is today. It was a typical mining town right up until the 1960’s, when its coal was finally depleted. From 1942 to 1945 it was also a location for a sub-camp of the Dachau Concentration Camp.

Even Hausham’s landmark has to do with mining; it’s a support tower from the height of its mining heyday. And the Mining Museum is open to visitors on the first Saturday of the month from 2pm-6pm.

At least the onion domed church of St. Anton is open more often. Don’t be fooled, this church isn’t as old as it appears — its a Neo-Baroque church built in 1909.

Hausham’s Brown Chapel is a sight to see, too. This is a real Baroque chapel from the 18th century housing a beautiful Madonna from the Gothic period.

The other church to see in Hausham is the part Neo-Romanesque and part Baroque church in the village of Althausham from the 1870’s.

I hope you’ve rested a bit after seeing the town because you’re gonna need it. There aren’t too many places (that I can think of anyway) where you can ski, go tobogganing, cross-country ski, snow tube, mountainbike, Nordic Walk, hike, bicycle, or take an eco-tour all in one place.

Hey, at least Hausham doesn’t just have two activities like it has two train stations. ;-)

 

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