Heck, I know that’s what comes to my mind when thinking about it. So what if it sounds stereotypical — I can’t help it when that’s what you find in towns like Rottach-Egern. ;-)
For many towns in Germany it’s all about the castles, and what-not, but here in Rottach-Egern, all that kind of stuff kind of falls away after you’ve caught a glimpse of the surrounding countryside. And there are a million-bazillion ways to experience it, too, which probably is why this place attracts rich and famous people from all over the world.
You can get an eagle’s eye view by taking a hot-air balloon ride or ride on the Mount Wallenberg Cable Car; and if you’re adventurous enough to go mountain hiking, you’ll be richly rewarded by stopping at one of Rottach-Egern’s Mountain Huts — nice places to rest and refresh.
That’s a whole lot of work to climb a mountain, so treat yourself to services at the spa by the lake, OK? That lake, by the way, is Lake Tegernsee; and the Tegernsee Lake Path is a good way travel around it by bicycle.
With scenery so beautiful, it doesn’t take much to figure how writers like Ludwig Thoma and Ludwig Ganghofer were inspired to write. These two guys made a lasting impression on Rottach-Egern, so much there are sculptures of them in town — along with their pal, Leo Slezak, a famous German singer.
Anyone wishing to do more traditional sightseeing, Rottach-Egern offers that, too. One place in town that is a must-see is the St. Lawrence Church, a medieval church that had a Baroque makeover in 1670; looking like ever nook & cranny was touched by an angel. Stunning doesn’t even begin to cover it.
You’ll also find the Kutschen- und Schlittenmuseum (Carriage & Sleigh Museum), open pretty much all year round.
And scattered throughout its 23 districts are old farmhouses, cottages, and chapels. When you’re all done, you can experience what’s known as Bavarian Beer Culture. Just so you know, there’s nothing wrong with sitting in a beer garden (so long as it’s after 10 am) drinking Weissbier and eating Weisswurst with pretzels and sweet mustard.
I take that back about the first thing coming to mind about Bavaria are the Alps — I think its going to be beer. ;-)