We can thank Miesbach for the traditional style of dress that’s one symbol of Bavaria. Silly me, I thought beer was the main symbol for Bavaria. Don’t know what I was thinking…
The Miesbacher costume isn’t as old as you’d think, only becoming popular a little more than a century ago. The town itself? Much older.
How do I know? Simple, the town’s been holding its weekly market since the 13th century. And, Schloss Wallenburg was built in the 1270’s with there evidence to prove that the Burg is even older. Though, the castle’s donjon and chapel are long gone.
On top of it, the Miesbach Local History Museum (say, Heimatmuseum) has some local 15th/16th century artwork and a Gothic clock (circa 1600).
If you want to see all of Miesbach the best way is to follow on one (or, all) of the fifteen tourist walking routes. They’re broken down by area (one follows to the Weyarner Monastic Church, another to the Tergernsee with a great view of the Alps) and most can be done within an hour & half to three hours.
Another one of the tourist routes will take you through the old part of town and to the former 18th century pilgrimage church of Maria Ascension.
If you get tired, don’t worry, Miesbach has some comfortable guesthouses for the weary traveler. The Gasthof Bräuwirt, right at Marktplatz 3, will do the trick with its tidy rooms and umbrella shaded beer garden.
I know. I know… I’m always talking about beer in Bavaria. If you’ve never had a good German beer, wait ’til you try it. If you have had it before, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Even better if you stay the night, because then you can catch an opera, musical, or theater performances by the National Theater Bavaria. The most popular venue for the troupe is in the Waltzinger Celler, a historical building in its own right.
Well, you may even decide to stay right here for longer since this area, also known as Oberland, was chosen (my us Germans) to be the most preferred location to live.
OK, so beer isn’t really considered the rightful symbol of Bavaria. But, I’ll be waiting around until August for the annual Miesbacher Brauereifest where I can have a toast to my symbol of Bavaria. :-)