You won’t be sorry by any stretch of the imagination. Grafing is charming in its simplicity with tiny guesthouses and small hotels that welcome the overnight visitor. Also, the town’s attention to detail makes this place gracious to both visitors and locals alike.
Grafing’s City Park is a prime example. It’s here that everyone mingles while playing a game of life-size chess, or a round of table tennis. The park is a learning exhibition, too, with its Pharmacist Garden filled with plenty of “good-for-you” plants.
But, as this is Upper Bavaria it’s best enjoyed outside. The many walking and cycling trails lead off along hills, forests, meadows. Pretty countryside with the German Alps in the distance.
All this is close to some of Grafing’s main sites. Many come from all over to see the 9th century Schloss Elkofen. Its oldest part is the tower donjon from the early Middle Ages, but most of it was redone in the 11th (the chapel wasn’t added until some 500 years later).
Just as many come to see Grafing’s many beautiful churches. St. Ägidius is just about as old as the castle. That too, was built over a thousand years ago. It’s still pretty, no matter how many facelifts she’s had. St. Leonhard is a grand Gothic church and shouldn’t be overlooked.
Grafing’s City Hall is another architectural gem. After the Swedes burnt down the original in 1632, residents rebuilt it in the popular Baroque style of the day. The Market Church is another Baroque building that Grafing is quite proud of. After almost 400 years, this ornate style is a classic.
As it turns out, all of Grafing is a classic, isn’t it?