Karlskron — Subtlety And Pilgrimage

As I write this it’s both a happy and sad moment. Sad because my week in Upper Bavaria, close to Ingolstadt, in the town of Karlskron is almost over. And happy because I’m in the town of Karlskron, close to Ingolstadt.

Ahhh, I made a joke — albeit a corny one. ;-)

What’s not a joke is how lovely the town of Karlskron really is. It’s not a “wild and crazy” kinda town, more of a subtle place where people go about their daily business going to the butcher, the baker, the bank kind of thing. But that doesn’t mean you’re not gonna have a good time.

That is, if you think enjoying concerts in places like the Wallfahrtskirche (Pilgrimage Church), or if you like visiting a place like the 16th century Wasserschloss (Water Castle). Okay, so what if it isn’t a medieval castle — it is a graceful looking building nonetheless.

The beauty of Karlskron’s architecture doesn’t end there… not by any means. Over at Hauptstra├če 39 is the St. Trinitas Church, a pretty one from early 1800s; and the Church of St. Peter’s started off as a Gothic one. Plus, you’ll see some simple (yet elegant) chapels along the wayside in Aschelsried.

Ok, last one… I promise. If you find yourself in the village of Pobenhausen, go visit the Church of St. Quirinus, whose original church is from like 600 years ago.

Of course being outdoors is one of Upper Bavaria’s biggest “attractions,” so I’ll tell you you need to walk around the Pilgerpfad (Pilgrim’s Path). Don’t complain, it’s only a little over 5km. And even if you don’t wanna do that one, there are plenty of farms to scope out.

One of the best ones is Karlskron’s outdoor museum, full of trails and even a sheep pasture. You can learn all about bees and bison, not to mention on how they turned this old bog area into fertile farmland. Then feel free to hike around the Altm├╝hl Valley Nature Park.

Works for me… how ’bout you?

 

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