I think I can see Austria from here in Simbach am Inn! Oh wait, I CAN see Austria from here. More specifically, Braunau am Inn, Austria. Simbach is THAT close to Austria, right on the border.
Like with most towns in Lower Bavaria, you’re always welcome to enjoy a fantastic festival. And Simbach’s got them!
Every year Simbach hosts the very popular Pfingstdult Festival (around Pentecost), then there’s the City Festival on the last Sunday in June. The first weekend of September brings the Fischerfest or Angling Celebration (oh, don’t you just love fishing?), and October brings on the horses at the Leonhardiritt.
My favorite festival in Simbach is the Winter Swim, which is held on the Saturday before Christmas. A Bavarian Winter gets mighty cold, so only the real hearty folks should give this “polar bear” swim a shot. But, come root for those willing to give it a go!
If you’re the warmer weather lovin’ folk, a Bavarian summer is when you’ll want to come. Make sure you do the whole bird watching thing over by the Forest lake, where you can swim and let the kids play in the sandbox. If you get hungry, don’t worry about leaving — there’s a restaurant, too.
Any calories you’ve managed to consume can be worked off on Simbach’s many cycling trails and walking paths. Or, just walk around the center of town, where you’ll see the Maria Himmelfahrt Church (check out its high alter, it’s stunning) and the Art Nouveau style Rathaus (Town Hall).
Simbach’s Local History Museum (or Heimatmuseum) is also fantastic to see while in town.
Like what you hear? Good, because on top of everything else, getting to Simbach am Inn is quite easy. Just hop on the B12 from Munich or take the train along the Munich/Vienna route.