Wandering around a foreign country where you don’t speak the language can seem a bit daunting; especially when the language is German where even the sweetest of sentiments can sound a bit harsh. OK, a lot harsh — but let’s not split hairs here. ;-)
And you might as well do it on the Sunday after July 8th, when the village of Siegertsbrunn holds a three-day festival in honor of St. Leonard.
Wait, it’s a three-day festival — so better come on Friday when it kicks off with a church service followed by beer. The rest of the festival has cultural events, dancing, singing, and of course more beer.
No, I swear I’m not just mentioning beer because this is Upper Bavaria — this is fact. ;-)
The other church to see in Höhenkirchen-Siegertsbrunn is the Parish Church of St. Peter. This wonderfully looking Catholic church was built at the end of the 17th century, with an altar that may or may not have come from the older St. Leonard’s church.
Whatever, doesn’t matter, because the church’s altar was done sometime in the 1600’s. So, either way, it’s an old (and pretty) piece of art.
There’s more art to see at the Parish Church of St. Mary on Rosenheimerstraße 9 in the village of Höhenkirchen that’s been here since the 11th century.
A modern piece of art in Höhenkirchen-Siegertsbrunn is the HöSi. I know, art is one of those things that’s subjective. You know, you like what you like and that’s it. But, this seven foot bronze statue has had its fair share of both criticism and regard.
I’m not sure if you could consider the War Memorial (also on Rosenheimerstraße and built in 1922) as art, but it’s still worth seeing.
It is what it is, I guess — art is subjective, right? And that can overcome any language barrier you might encounter.