Who’s the brainiac that came up with the town name of Eichendorf? How could you possibly have chosen that from all 119 villages, hamlets, and farms that are all now part of “Oak Village” (that’s the English translation, if you haven’t guessed) on the Vils River?
The only bad part is that there isn’t enough time to see all 119 villages. Drats, I’m gonna have to come back in my next life as a resident of this Lower Bavarian town — just so I can do it all. ;-)
What I did managed to find is a long-gone castle in the village of Adldorf. The 20th century one that replaced it, isn’t quite the same thing — but it’s still worth seeing. As is the Immaculate Conception Church that’s a Baroque one from 1736, with a chapel that’s got art from four centuries (15th – 18th).
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Over in Dornach there is the Pfarrkirche St. Laurentius. Although it was initially built in the 1200s, this building is what’s known as Late-Gothic architecture from the 16th century.
As impressive as these churches are, it is the St. Martin Church that everyone comes to see. St. Martin’s was built in 1466, but over the years it saw a Baroque renovation and its altar is done with a Rococo design.
Pretty doesn’t quite cover it.
When it comes to pretty the hiking trails found in the hamlet of Pitzling come to mind. Pitzling has always been small, but don’t let its size stop you from enjoying it.
When it comes to enjoying yourself think of nothing else but Eichendorf’s festivals and markets. The biggie is the 4-day Parkfest in mid-July, but there’s also the Maimarkt, the Pumpkin Festival in September, the Martins Market in November, followed by the Christmas Market in December.
This is all in addition to Eichendorf’s Weekly Market that kicks off every Saturday from 8am to noon.
You know, with all this shopping and partying it doesn’t matter who the brainiac was that named Eichendorf — they were right on the money!