What a unique and fascinating place the town of Weßling turned out to be. Yes, I know I say that a lot but can you blame me? Really, where else but Germany can you find centuries old churches getting a fly-by from an Airbus A380?
You know there’s a point to me mentioning this, right? Of course there is, as the historical town of Weßling lies right near a modern-day Oberpfaffenhofen Airfield used by Airbus. Sorry, I had to say something — who doesn’t get excited watching planes take-off and land? I know I do! ;-)
I also get excited about lovely old churches, like the St. Jacob Church — a perfect blend of medieval and Baroque art & architecture. And I don’t care what anyone says, the dome atop the Parish Church Christ the king looks like a hat on a Dr. Seuss drawing. Don’t laugh, I mean it with the utmost love. ;-)
Weßling’s other must-see church is its Pilgrimage Chapel, where a hunter’s prayer was said to have been answered by Mary on this very spot. Twice a year the town celebrates an outdoor Mass, so maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be here for one. Sadly, I did not.
What I didn’t miss was a visit to nearby Schloss Seefeld, a Baroque castle whose beginnings go all the way back to the mid-12th century; even better are the snow-capped mountains in the distance.
No one is saying you gotta hike those mountains, but you really should be outside for some of your visit. Oh it’s easy, find a hiking trail and just walk. Oh, I know, a great outdoorsy thing to do is hike by the Weßlinger See, a small spring-fed lake.
But, if it’s a festival or other kind of event you’re looking for — this is Upper Bavaria, so you’re bound to find one you like. Springtime is the time of year for the May Day Celebrations, while Summer’s quite busy with the Film Festival and Forest Festival. I also like the Autumn — and even better that it’s the season for Weßling’s Wine Festival.
Hey, just remember pilots — just as there’s no drinking and driving, there’s no drinking and flying. ;-)