Immenstadt im Allgäu — The Bavarian Paradise In Every Season

It’s probably subjective to consider the Bavarian city of Immenstadt im Allgäu one of the most beautiful places in, not just Germany, but all the world. Plus, it will only take one tiny look at the majestic German Alps and the crystal clear waters of the Alpine Lakes for you to agree.

Be it summer or winter, you’ll find an abundance of activities for the entire family to enjoy and some of the most glorious views you will ever lay your eyes on.

It seems that everything in Immenstadt is destined to keep you outdoors, no matter the season.

When Spring and Summer come to town, it’s a chance to get out on Kleiner Alpsee (Small Alpine Lake) for swimming (the water’s heated) or surfing (yes, surfing!). On Großer Alpsee or Large Alpine Lake you can do a bit of fishing or sailboating. Better yet, do both!

More outdoor activities are GPS treasure hunts, hiking along trails around the Alps, an Alpine Slide (called an Alpine Rollercoaster), and great festivals like the Maypole Festival on May 1st where you’re treated to plenty of music, traditional costumes, and the “best of the best” of local goodies.

In September, the Cattle Round-up is more than fun for the whole family, and yes, more local treats to eat. Small Alpine Lake is the spot to be for the Lakeside Festival and “Immenstadt Summer” with endless music and fun for everyone all summer long.

Don’t think for a minute that when the first snow comes that there’s nothing to do. As a matter of fact, that’s when the town comes alive for just about any winter sport you can imagine. Put on a parka, get outside, go ice skating, do some cross country skiing, sledding, or for the really adventurous — get snowboarding!

After a day of all you’ve certainly earned some time relaxing at one of the numerous spas and saunas you’ll find here in town.

You probably might not want to wait for warmer weather to go exploring around the castle ruins within the region (yes, they’re worth it). Two of the most notable are the 12th and 13th century beauties, Castles Rothenfels and Hugofels.

Though, the most gorgeous one is the 15th century Laubenbergerstein Ruins with its Hall of Knights. While it has been uninhabited since the mid 16th century, it fills with people at the annual castle celebration and any number of the concerts held here.

As if the outdoors and castles weren’t enough, there are quite a few old churches with some spectacular artwork as well. Just as everyone seems to love the Hofmühle, a great old local history museum that’s incredibly hands-on and kid friendly.

So, get here — no matter the season — and enjoy Immenstadt in the majestic Allgäu!

 

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