Neumarkt-Sankt Veit — 95 Reasons For Visiting

It’s going to be one of those days, I can feel it already. Where am I? Hold on, let me check the itinerary…

Oh yes, the Upper Bavarian town of Neumarkt-Sankt Veit — and its 95+ villages, plus the town of Egglkofen? Holy cow, I haven’t had enough coffee yet to do all that; so you’re all about to get the Cliff Notes version. ;-)

Right up until the 1930’s, Neumarkt and Sankt Veit were two separate places. Today we get to enjoy them as a whole. But, that doesn’t change the fact that you’re mere 85km east of Munich.

And it doesn’t change the fact that within these two towns (plus villages, plus Egglkofen!) you’ll find the town’s Town Hall once used to be an old castle. The former Herzoglichen Kasten is now a library, and over in the village of Teising there’s a Wasserschloss (a water castle) and pretty chapel.

I’m sorry, the real winner for me here in Neumarkt-Sankt Veit is the Kloster Sankt Veit. Excuse me, the former Monastery of St. Vitus, that’s now a local Pfarrkirche — or Parish Church.

This old Benedictine Monastery was built just about 900 years ago, surviving wars and plague — but couldn’t make it past some early 19th century church politics. After it was closed, the place was given to some Baron — and used by a Count as his own personal castle.

Now it’s a nursing home. Go figure…

Thanks to some other politicos, I get to add Egglkofen to my over-stuffed itinerary for Neumarkt-Sankt Veit. I will, however, forgive them because Egglkofen is pretty darn awesome.

Then again, being in the Rottal (Rott Valley) gets a thumbs-up from me any day of the week.

Ahhh, no one told me that Egglkofen’s got twelve villages. Cliff Notes again, People. ;-)

All is forgiven, Egglkofen’s got a castle. Who knew a medieval castle, that’s been rebuilt several times, could tame the savage soul? Along with this, you’ll find an old fortified church, and the 14th century Church of St. Emmeram — a real beauty of Gothic and Baroque art & architecture.

I sure hope you like the Cliff Notes version of Neumarkt-Sankt Veit. As soon as I find some time I’ll make it back here to see the rest of it.

 

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