Glonn — Active Relaxation Near The Alps

Right between Munich and Rosenheim, under the watchful eye of the Bavarian Alps, is the health resort town of Glonn. Which, by the way, is the “Seat” of the Verwaltungsgemeinschaft Glonn.

Do you care? Of course you do, because it increases its awesomeness.

From what the town looks like today, you’d never guess Celts and Prehistoric man used to call Glonn home. More of what life was like back then can be learned at its Heimatmuseum, or Local History Museum. You’re just gonna have to do it on the first Sunday of the month, ’cause that’s when it opens.

The chances a town this old is going to have a castle is pretty high — and guess what? It does. Schloss Zinneberg is believed to have originally been built in the 11th century. Yup, that makes it like a thousand years old.

As much as scoping every nook and cranny of a medieval castle would be loads of fun, there’s no time. The hiking and biking trails through the Glonntal and Kupferbachtal aren’t going to come to you, ya know.

Ambitious types might want to do the 21km Kloster Altenburg Trail, only because of its “hefty” climb. Die Loibersdorf Trail is more kid friendly, but the beer garden along the 10km route makes it grown-up friendly too.

Both kids and adults will have fun at one of Glonn’s lakes. The Kastensee, in my humble opinion, is a little more subdued, with just a cafe and restaurant. The Steinsee has a beer garden and tends to be quite family friendly — it even doubles as an ice rink in the winter.

Sounds fun, but many of Glonn’s Markets take place in the warmer months — with the only exception being the Christmas Market and Fastenmarkt (third Sunday of Lent). The second Saturday of the month between May and October is time for the Farmer’s Market, while the Michaelimarkt shines up on the first Sunday of October.

July is a good month for this kind of thing, with the Graf Arco Market on the first Sunday, and the Nachflohmarkt on the month’s second Saturday. Oh it’s a hoot, with all kinds of music and food going on til midnight. That’s way past my bedtime, but well worth staying up for.

For the most part, so is all of Glonn.

 

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