Kempten im Allgäu — Germanic Culture In A Different Light

By the river Iller in the beautiful region of Allgäu, stands the scenic town of Kempten, an urban district which lies in the deep south of the state of Bavaria (German: Bayern).

A tourist’s delight with more than 2,000 years worth of history, magnificent architecture, riveting cultural events, and the best of modern infrastructure await you.

Get ready for a taste of Roman and French influences that have surreptitiously woven themselves into the main cultural fabric. The discerning will go into raptures over the gothic and baroque gems, while the rest of us can simply let the magnificence seep into our consciousness.

The ruins of the majestic Burghalde could tell you tales of its sojourn in history from the oldest settlements to the present. A stroll along the Anchor’s Alley will take you right up to the 15th century when you would have had to stop short at the fortified town wall.

The cobbled street of the Rathausplatz and the Klostersteige are alive with tangible history that has enough to hold your attention for many enchanting hours.

To learn more about the Roman antecedents of this abode of vital culture, you have to visit the Roman Museum housed at the Zumsteinhaus and the Archaologischer Park Cambodunum. With a facade straight out of a fairy tale and surrounded by immaculate landscaped gardens, the former may prove to be an attraction by itself.

Did I tell you that Kempten has many such edifices of startling beauty? :-)

Sometimes history sleeps not in castles or palaces, but in less spectacular structures such as the Orangerie and the Kornhaus. It would be a bad idea to skip such repositories, for they have their own anecdotes that form distinct parts of a magical whole that is Kempten.

This holiday region is known for its shopping. Your vacation is not complete without a handful of souvenirs that are tokens of good times strewn along memory lane. For big shoppers there are huge malls that should easily take you a day to navigate. Just remember to wear comfortable shoes!

 

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