Don’t you love it when you learn something new?
Well, if you come to the Upper Bavarian town of Kipfenberg, you’ll learn a lot of new things. Just don’t go expecting Kipfenberg to open all her secrets at one time, though; it takes patience to find out everything she has to offer.
One place that you’ll see right away is Burg Kipfenberg, an 800 year old castle. No one will let us in because it’s privately owned, but an outbuilding houses the Römer und Bajuwaren Museum. In English, that’s essentially a Roman and Old Bavarian Museum. It’s only proper because the Romans were just swarming all over the area two thousand years ago.
Kipfenberg is along the Via Raetia, a biking trail that’s all about the old Roman Route, which follows the German Limes Road. Hence parts of the town are a UNESCO area. Over by the St. John the Baptist Church in the village of Böhming is what used to be a Roman fort, too.
In honor of the town’s Roman beginnings, Kipfenberg hosts a Limesfest (in conjunction with its Folk Festival in August) that last for four days. One of the biggest honors is being voted Limes Queen.
Hey, I wanna be royalty — then maybe they’ll let me in the castle. Ahh, no time for whining — there’s more to see. ;-)
Where was I? Yes, telling you about how Kipfenberg is also the geographical center of Bavaria — easy to find it then. They even have a stone to mark the very spot. Cool.
Other festivals in Kipfenberg are just as fun, ya know. The Maibaum celebrations are always a treat, as are both the Florianfest and Summer Festival. Plus, the Wine Festival is utterly fantastic, as well.
Still, this is Bavaria, so every minute you spend outdoors is good indeed. Spend the time visiting the Burgruine Arnsberg, or checking out the Arndt Cave if you’re adventurous.
You could always try Nordic Walking or mountain biking. And art & architecture lovers will get a kick out of the Baroque altars at the St. Andrew Church, or visiting the St. Sebastian Church.
To the folks over at the Tourist Office, if I missed something the error is totally mine — you know so much more than I do. I told ya it would take time to get to know Kipfenberg; but it was nice to make your acquaintance, and hope to see you again.