Only but a few kilometers south of Augsburg is the Swabian town of Kissing. It’s a town with many historical buildings and seems like its always got a festival going on. Oh, then there’s the German Robin Hood.
There must be something about the Swabian air as people have lived here for millennia. You’ll find a few prehistoric grave hills in town and the remainder of what was once a 10th century castle.
Kissing does have two landmarks; and, no, they aren’t two lips. I know, that was an awful joke. They’re the 13th century St. Stefan Church (its pulpit dates back to 1660) and castle stable.
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Other than visiting the Schloss Mergenthau (not to be confused with the castle ruins, the Burg) is a real beauty of a Baroque castle, the Pilgrimage Chapel at the Castle Stable, the Chapel of St. Peter, and the little Bavarian Hiasl Museum (a museum dedicated to the German Robin Hood) most of Kissing is enjoyed outside.
Alright, Bavarian beer tents during Oktoberfest (which is held mid September) doesn’t count as being indoors. As do the Summer Celebration (end of July), the Garden Celebration (mid August), and the Weinfest (Wine Festival) in October give you more chances to take in the fresh Swabian air (and beer).
Seriously though, Kissing is a really beautiful land and you’ll really notice it in the Kissinger Heide (its Heath). Just whatever you do, don’t leave the footpaths, this is a delicate nature preserved area with many rare plants and orchids.
You got more leeway for frolicking around at Kissing’s swimming lake. Besides swimming, you can play a game of beach volleyball or let the kids enjoy the playground. There’s also a restaurant, in case you get hungry.
There’s no reason not to pretend you’re Robin Hood (or, Maid Marian) while out on any one of Kissing’s walking, hiking, or horseback riding trails. It’ll make you feel like a kid again! :-)