Riedering — From Old Churches To Mountain Biking

Just a few towns over from the country of Austria, and the German city of Rosenheim, you’ll find the Upper Bavarian town of Riedering. What makes this place so special above any other? Nothing and everything, I’d have to say.

Riedering is a typical Upper Bavarian town, full of little roadside chapels and rolling fields of green grass. It’s a town where the lakes have sandy beaches and children laugh. Riedering is a town of some 71 villages and hamlets, and doesn’t fit into a ready-made mold.

See, nothing and everything.

Do you like castles? Good, Riedering has a couple to see. Schloss Hartmannsberg (wait… that one actually belongs to Bad Endorf) has been here from the year 1166; and so has Schloss Wildenwart (over in Frasdorf) — this one being where Bavaria’s last queen died.

In addition to the little chapels, you’ll find grandiose Baroque churches, too. The Parish Church of Maria Himmelfahrt was built in 1858, and the Church of Saints Rupertus & Martinus is almost a hundred years older.

If I’m not mistaken, the Church of St. Andreas & Vitus is one of the oldest, built way back in the 1400s.

These churches aren’t the only ones to see. Be sure to stop by the Church of Sts. Stephan & Laurentius (another 15th century church), as well as the St. Johannes Wallfahrtskirche, a stunning example of 18th century Baroque art and design.

It’s never a good idea to spend too much time indoors when visiting Bavaria, so it’s off to wander around the local Flea Markets, or party at the Autumn Festival in October. The Leonhardiritt in November is always a good one to experience; and of course, some of the best gifts can be found at the Christmas Bazaar.

I wouldn’t recommend swimming, or game of beach volleyball, in the Tinninger See or Simssee when it’s cold outside — best to save that for summer. You could probably hike through Riedering in just about any kind of weather, but not too sure on Mountain Biking when snow’s on the ground.

However, if you’re that ambitious — who am I to stop you? Have fun… just remember to dress warm. ;-)

 

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