For you car lovers, Dingolfing is the place for you. Since 1967 Dingolfing has been the home of the Bavarian Motor Works, better known as BMW to the rest of us. Besides being a boon to the town’s economy, over a quarter of a million cars (the 5, 6, and 7 series, the M5 and M6 respectively) are produced here in their largest plant.
The town has plenty of historical sites to visit, including Duke Castle from the 15th century which now is a museum.
Dingolfing is home to quite a few medieval and more modern churches — all are worth exploring and all are beautiful in their own way. The Old Parish Johannes Church, dating back to the 15th century, was built having ten side chapels and the church’s crucifix dates back to 1522.
The town itself dates back to the 9th century, but wasn’t given municipal rights in 1251. Dingolfing was fortunate enough to grow during the Middle Ages, having prospered in trade, fishing, and wool production.
Sadly, for as prosperous as the previous centuries were, the 18th century was quite to the contrary. Disease, crop failures, and war all had their hand in the town’s destruction, while countless historical records were ruined by fire.
It was the dawn of the age of the railroads, and the new tracks built from Munich to Prague that saved Dingolfing by bringing new industry to the area. Today, a thriving Dingolfing offers visitors and residents their own spectacular open-air swimming pool and ice rink among many other wonderful places of interest to see.
The town also plays host to the annual folk festival on the third weekend in October.
History, cars, sports, and parties, now that’s living!