Did you ever hear the joke, “I just flew in from (add your favorite city here), and boy, are my arms tired”? Well, I’m not going to pull that one about the town of Obertraubling.
But (and this is a really big BUT), after you’ve done all the outdoor activities that are found around Obertraubling you’ll be saying you’re tired.
I don’t even think it’s possible to list all the outdoor recreational sports, yet I’ll give it the old college try.
Hmm, you’ve got swimming, surfing, kayaking, canoeing (no, it’s not the same thing), cycling, hot air ballooning (yes, that counts), fishing, Nordic Walking, golfing, hiking, sledding, skating, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing.
Boy, are my arms tired, and all I did was type this. ;-)
In between all the sporting activities, how about a little bit of history? Germany’s got some of the most beautiful castles in the world (biased, hello!); and I think you’ll like both of Obertraubling’s water castles (called Wasserschlösser in German) — one’s from the 14th, the other from the 13th century.
The town even has four outstanding churches. St. Martin’s might have been built in the 12th/13th centuries, but its Rococo altar is worth mentioning. The St. Peter Church is a new addition (17th century), but its late-Gothic Pieta was created in 1470 & its tower dates to 1533. St. Michael’s 32-meter high tower hovers over the Upper Palatinate landscape, and has done so since it was built in 1508. Nice.
I saved the St. Georg Church for last, because I’m still trying to figure out if its a Romanesque, Gothic, or Baroque church. OK, it’s none of the above, because those churches have all been demolished & rebuilt in a Neo-Baroque in 1908.
To see the way Obertraubling looked back then, go to the Home & Farm Museum (open 2nd Sunday of the month). What a charming museum that highlights the town’s long history.
Lastly, don’t miss out on partying during the Street Festival (odd-numbered years), or the annual Christmas Market (3rd Advent weekend), or shopping during the weekly Farmer’s Market (Fridays 2pm-5pm).
Wow, I did so much shopping & boy, are my arms tired. ;-)