Königsbrunn — Romans, Globes, And Puzzle Pieces

Königsbrunn may be the youngest settlement in Bavaria, but they’ve managed to get in the Guiness Book of World Records twice already. You just can’t laugh at what they are in there for doing. Here in Königsbrunn they take their puzzles very, very seriously.

How seriously? Seriously enough to assemble 2.5 km of puzzle pieces in 2006. If it sounds impressive, remember they were just beating their own 2004 puzzle chain making record. The older folks doing puzzles in the sunny areas aren’t idling… they’re practicing.

When you are just turning 150 in a land of 1500 – 2000 year old towns, you get a little insecure. Oh sure, Königsbrunn has a remarkably well preserved stretch of the Roman road Via Claudia Augusta running through the area, but that won’t make you famous like assembling 1 million puzzle pieces. They’re hoping to do more next time.

Their next entry is the World Largest Globe based on a historical map. You can go in it — it’s now a museum of trade and transport in downtown Königsbrunn. Opened in March of 2008, it’s been a surprisingly popular attraction. You can find it down town in the central district. It’s hard to miss!

Other fun (and funny) attractions in Königsbrunn include the Spa King Temple water park with its massive slides, the beaches on Ilsesee lake, and the Königsbrunner Heide, a large nature park. The town also hosts a couple of festivals each year, mainly in the summer although there is a Christmas market.

June is an arts festival and beer tent with carnival rides for locals. More fun is the King of Clubs and Kartoffelwochen culinary festival in mid-September. The locals bring their finest produce and wines and everyone has a cook-off on the river. Bring your sense of humor and a big appetite! :-)

 

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