What you should know, is the town isn’t overrun by a bazillion castles and festivals — no, this is more of an intimate kind of town, even though it has some thirty-eight villages to its name. Rohrdorf is quiet and serene, perhaps it has something to do with all the old churches you’ll find along the way.
Ah, I take that back. Not all of Rohrdorf’s churches are old — the Pfarrkirche (Parish Church) in the village of Thansau is a modern addition, an example of contemporary art of the 20th century, or so its been said.
Me? I’m a traditionalist, I like the Gothic and Baroque churches of old — kind of like the Pfarrkirche of Sts. Peter & Paul (located at Hochriesstraße 19 in the hamlet of Höhenmoos), a happy blend of 15th century Gothic and 18th century Baroque art and architecture.
You know, now that I think about it, the St. Johann Baptist Church (in the village of Lauterbach) is also both Gothic and Baroque. This little gem is found at Chiemseestraße 18, if you want to see it.
In between visits to Rohrdorf’s numerous churches and chapels, you might want to trek along one of the many hiking or bicycle trails that criss-cross the countryside.
You’ll also find, in addition to the well-marked trails, quite a number of local eateries — like cafes, bakeries, and pizzerias. If you get tired, just spend the night at one of the little guesthouses, and you’re all set for the evening.
It might be a good idea to book something in advance if you’re going to come for Rohrdorf’s annual Wine Festival, held every October. What a good way to usher in the cooler weather, huh?
The wine itself is good reason enough to visit, but when you add in all the other wonderful things you’ll find here — it just makes it even better.