Fascinating. That’s a good word to use for the Lower Bavarian town of Salzweg. Yes, fascinating will work. Why?
Stick around for a few, and you’ll find out.
I like how the town is made up of some 52 (!) villages and hamlets. Not totally unheard of around these parts, since there are literally hundreds of these little shires found all around Salzweg’s neighbors.
One particular village of Salzweg is Straßkirchen, home to the Parish Church (Pfarrkirche) of St. Giles. While originally Gothic, St. Giles is now known for its Baroque accents.
The other church that stands out is the tall spired, steep steepled (ha-ha) Church of St. Rupert. It’s not an oldie, having only been around since the 1960s, but it’s a goodie.
There’s only one last religious site that you must see — the Cistercian Monastery Thyrnau. Looks like a castle, doesn’t it? It was. Well, it was a “hunting lodge,” a Jagdschloss from 1689, becoming a monastery only in 1902.
The nuns that live here now are from an order that’s been around since the Middle Ages, and are famous for their embroidery.
It’s not the only piece of the medieval here in Salzweg, as the town was once on what’s called the Goldener Steig. From as far back as at least the 10th century, Salzweg was on a trade route that stretched from Bohemia and along the Danube.
Ah yes, the Danube. Boating along this famous river is quite a popular activity for both locals and visitors alike. Pretend you’re a Roman or something — you’ll have a blast. ;-)
Besides being along the Danube, and a stone’s throw to Austria, Salzweg lies within the Ilztal area of the Bavarian Forest National Park. Don’t have a lot of time? Hike only a portion of the Ilztalwanderweg.
Got more time? Do that, and try swimming and golfing, cycling and visiting many of the museums located in the nearby towns.
If you get too tired doing all this, spend the night at one of Salweg’s “tourist farms,” real working farms that accommodate overnight guests. Or, try one of the local guesthouses — even better if its one that’s built in the famous “chalet” style of the area.
Do you believe me now when I say that Salzweg is just fascinating? I knew you would. ;-)