It doesn’t take too long to make your way around the 31 square kilometer town of Ampfing in Upper Bavaria. It will, however, take you a while to figure out your way around its 63 districts.
Sounds like a lot for such a small place, right?
How’s this for you: Ampfing is surrounded by a whole bunch of towns with half as many people in them and almost twice as many hamlets. Go figure. ;-)
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This just makes Ampfing the best central location to explore around this part of Germany. Before flittering off, you might want to see the ruins of an old Arms Bunker; an interesting piece of 20th century history.
It seems military history is no stranger to Ampfing, this is where the Schlacht bei Mühldorf (often called the Battle of Ampfing) took place between the Austrians and Bavarians in 1322. The Bavarians came out victorious, if you’re wondering.
The Middle Ages were rough, but it was a time that gave Germany some of its greatest churches. The St. Stephens Church is from that time, making it a blend of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque art & architecture over the centuries.
The St. John the Evangelist & St. John the Baptist Church is also a Gothic creation — if you get a chance to see it.
Still, Ampfing’s real claim to fame isn’t its old churches or its medieval battles. Nope, it’s the Grüne Lagune, or Green Lagoon. This super cool swimming complex blends a natural pond with a pool that’s self-cleaning (yeah, that’s German engineering at its finest). Add in a sandy beach, a beer garden, and play area for the kids — and you’ve got yourself a grand time for next to nothing.
Come winter when the Green Lagoon, the largest of its kind in all of Bavaria, even doubles as an ice skating and curling area.
Some other great times can be had in Ampfing during its annual Apfelfest (Apple Festival) in October, its Kirchweihmarkt (also in October), and the Martinsfest in November.
It seems there’s no need to go flittering off anywhere other than Ampfing, is there? Oh, except to maybe go see the nearby Kloster Zangberg — but ain’t that a whole other page to write about… ;-)