There are very few “definites” in this world. But, without a doubt, one thing that is a definite — there’s something magical, mystical, and marvelous about Bavarian towns like Bad Heilbrunn in the Tölzer Land easily reached from places like Munich.
Scattered throughout almost three dozen villages, Bad Heilbrunn’s countryside will make you fall in love with not just its backdrop of the Alps, but with the entire countryside as a whole. So, whether you’re out for some cycling adventure (like along the Bodensee-Königsee Radweg), enjoying the scenery along the German Alpine Road, or strolling along nearby Lake Starnberg, Lake Tegernsee, or Kochelsee — you’ll fully grasp the magnificence of this heavenly real estate.
Within its 34 districts, Bad Heilbrunn offers both locals and visitors an assortment of cafes, bistros, beer gardens, and other locally sourced healthy fare. And it’s full of apartments and guesthouses, pensions, and self-catering cottages so you’re able to spend your evenings in comfort after exploring around town.
One fun way to see Bad Heilbrunn is from the air, via a cable car of course. And you can even careen down the mountainside on a toboggan ride, if you’re so inclined. Skiing is big in these parts during the winter months, so a little cold weather shouldn’t stop you from swishing down the mountain.
Not everyone is into careening down a mountain, so for you nice people it might be better to grab your camera for pictures of Bad Heilbrunn’s lovely churches. St. Kilian’s is a stunning example of Baroque architecture, while the chapel found in the village of Kiensee is heavenly with its tiny windows in the fading afternoon light.
Another Baroque church not to miss is the Church of St. Martin in Oberbuchen (built 1736), and the Chapel of St. Anthony of Padua with its onion dome in Ramsau.
As with many Bavarian towns, there’s always some kind of cultural event taking place — and Bad Heilbrunn is no different. Although, if you’re lucky enough to be here for its Leonhardifahrt in early November you’re in for a real treat.
For me, a truly wonderful treat is being nearby to my buddy, King Ludwig II. You’re not all that far from Schloss Linderhof and Schloss Neuschwanstein. Honestly, you really don’t get more magical than this fairy tale castle.
Now that you’ve managed to take all this in, it’s time to recharge at the VITArea spa for some holistic health treatments. But, if you don’t mind I’d rather spend more time with Ludwig. Yes, I’d gladly give up a massage for that. ;-)