Wenzenbach — Medieval Knights Fighting Over Bavarian Sports

If I told you that Wenzenbach was the site of the last major battle of the Landshut War of Succession, would you care? What if I said it was a battle of medieval knights back in 1504, would you care then?

It’s all right if you don’t. Not everyone cares about military history or even knows about this “war” in German history.

But, how about Germany’s architectural history? Architectural history? Sorry, that’s just my lead in to telling you about Wenzenbach’s castles. ;-)

Schloss Hauzenstein was around during the War of Succession, built long before in 1372. You might not guess it, since it was updated in the 17th century with a Baroque garden and chapel.

As well manicured and refined as Schloss Hauzenstein is, you’ll find Schloss Schönberg to be much more formidable and imposing looking. Don’t let its rugged exterior fool you, this castle is fantastic too.

After checking out the castles, rent yourself a bicycle and follow along the Falkenstein Bike Path. It’s about 36km long, but it’ll take you along the Bavarian Forest, streams, and lots of local flora & fauna.

Of course no trip to Bavaria is ever complete without doing more outdoorsy activities. It’s your choice if you want to swim or surf; rock climb or Nordic Walk; horseback ride or play the links (that would be golf — for you non golfers out there).

That’s not even the half of it. Take a Danube ferry ride, a hot air balloon ride, visit a nature park, or ski (cross-country, downhill, whatever) to your heart’s content.

I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say, if those 16th century medieval knights had all these things to do back then, no one would have been fighting at all. Other than who would have been winner of some sort of sports bet. Don’t ya think?

 

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