Would it shock you if you’re minding your own business while driving along the A8 Autobahn (from Munich to Salzburg) and ran smack dab into a Woolly Mammoth in the town of Siegsdorf?
Yeah, I’d say that would certainly catch my attention. Aw heck, that might even make me forget about the Alps towering in the background for a minute or two. ;-)
What’s with all the Woolly Mammoth stuff? Easy, my friend, the bones of one was discovered here back in the 1970s.
So? Haven’t the bones of these prehistoric creatures been found before? Yeah, they have, but the Siegsdorfer Mammut is the largest one ever found.
You can see it too at the Southeast Bavarian Natural History Museum, as well as 250 million years of other natural history.
If you buy the “Mammoth Card” you’ll get unlimited access to the museum, as well as entry into the town’s swimming complex.
The other biggest attraction to Siegsdorf is the pilgrimage site of Maria Eck. This Baroque church wasn’t built until 1626 (pretty young compared to some other churches in Germany), but it quickly became a place everyone wanted to see.
Services are still held here on Saturday evenings at 5pm, and on Sunday mornings at 8:15 and 10:15.
Siegsdorf’s Parish Church Maria Conception is another sight that you’ll want to see; that is if you like late 18th century Baroque churches.
If it’s Spring or Autumn you might prefer to hike or cycle the Chiemgau (instead of being indoors). The area is rustic and charming — perfect I would say.
Guided hiking tours are also available if you’re so inclined; just inquire at the Tourist Information Center. Winter hiking is also a fun thing to do here. All you need are some snowshoes.
Other winter activities include skiing, sledding, and tobogganing. Sounds like super fun, just as the tennis, swimming, Nordic Walking, miniature golf, and cycling does in the warmer months.
I wonder what the chances are of running into another Woolly Mammoth around here? It’s OK if you don’t — at least Siegsdorf already has one. ;-)