You know what’s great about so many of Germany’s little towns? You never know who you might meet. Take Geiselhöring in Lower Bavaria, for instance, home to famous German composer Hans-Jürgen Buchner.
Hey, if you could live anywhere, why not make it Geiselhöring? Anyway, Herr Buchner bought a centuries old inn, turning it into a ceramics studio (Keramikkunst).
This got me to thinking. What other old buildings could be found in Geiselhöring? And, could I live here?
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Hmm, the answer to question #2 is YES. And not just because of its amazing architecture. Every seven years (2005, 2012, …) Geiselhöring holds its Schäfflertanz. While anyone can attend this Carnival winter event, you have to be: (deep breath) unmarried, beardless, at least 18, and you better be in shape.
At least you don’t have to wait that long to experience the Eva-Plenningerin, an event that takes place every four years (2008, 2012, etc.). This outdoor theater performance at the Kloster Linskirche tells the tale of plague during the Thirty Years’ War.
While I’m waiting for the next performance, I’ll have to keep myself busy with a visit the Baroque Town Hall. Also the Baroque church of Sts. Peter & Eramus. Its marble altar is famous throughout the region.
This sure ain’t no one-church town; with 49 villages how could it? The St. James Church was a medieval Romanesque one until it underwent renovations to a Gothic style. St. Martin’s in Pönning is a Rococo style church, and the church over in Haindling was once a pilgrimage church.
Of course, I’d never leave before at least stopping by the Stadtkapelle Geiselhöring.
You know, now that I think about it — I should go down to the local pub and get me a guided tour in period costume. One tour gives you the juicy gossip on the former goings on during the last century; the other on the local breweries and watering holes.
My last stop? The Maritime Museum. Then right on back to that pub. Yeah, I think I could live here… don’t you?