Triftern — Action, Fun, History

If you’re in or near Bad Birnbach you’ll find the town of Triftern within reach to visit.

Before you’re jumping the gun asking why should anyone want to come, stick around for a few minutes, and I’ll tell ya.

Triftern is an exceptionally fun party town, full of festivals and cultural events almost all year-round. Thinking of the law of averages, it’s no wonder since there are some 95 villages that comprise the town itself.

Winter is the time for all the Carnival celebrations, which is just a warm-up for what’s coming later in the year. The Maibaumfest is a really good one, followed by the Spring Festival (May), with the Pfarrfest in June, and the Dorffest (Village Festival) in July. But, if you want a party that’ll last for days, you’ve got the 3-day Inselfest (Island Festival) to look forward to.

Those wishing more quieter pursuits, then maybe a trip over to see the Kaser Steinstube is for you. These rock blocks measure some 100 by 20 meters — offering a stunning place to ponder the wonders of Mother Nature.

Another great way to experience the natural side of Triftern (mixed with a bit of action) is by taking a hot air balloon ride, or sledding and skiing until your bone-weary. This isn’t even the half of it, there are two marked bike trails (32.6 km and 27.7 km), tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, and 65 kilometers of hiking trails through Lower Bavaria.

I haven’t even gotten to the historical and architectural side of things in Triftern. So, for you folks who love the old churches you got to come see the Church of St. Stephen, and the very pretty St. Laurentius Church in the village of Anzenkirchen. The St. Kolomon Church is a great one if you’re into whole Gothic and Baroque thing.

In between all the sports and churches, you’ll find charming farmhouses and little chapels scattered throughout Triftern’s rolling hills and flowery meadows.

Didn’t I tell ya you’d want to stick around for a while? And aren’t you glad you did? ;-)

 

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