Unterschleißheim sits just 10 km north of Munich, where it has enjoyed a beautiful natural environment for more than 1200 years. It’s very easy to get there by train or car from Munich. The distance is just far enough to get away from all the urban sprawl and back into medieval forests.
So naturally a forest still full of medieval trees just calls out for a nature trail or two to be carved into it. Unterschleißheim has several trails suitable for hiking, biking or the Nordic Walking that is getting so popular. Along the trails there are all kinds of little treasures like picnic areas, streams to cross and ponds for fishing.
Dedicated anglers will want to pick a spot on the shores of Lake Unterschleißheim. The lake is fairly young, as it was made when they dug out dirt for the Autobahn. The water is shallow so the fishing is not ideal, but it is a great way to sunbathe. And what better excuse for jumping in the lake than to chase “the big one who got away”?
In the winter you can also ice skate or try your hand at curling on the lake.
You can’t lose yourself too much in the woods, though, because twice a day you will hear the call of town — literally! For the millennium, the town installed an outdoor glockenspiel on top of the town hall tower. It plays at 11:00 and 18:00, mixing classical tunes with seasonal ditties.
Once back in Unterschleißheim proper, you can see the old church towers that stand as tall as the glockenspiel. The Church of St. Ulrich is recognizable by its onion dome in black and yellow, while the Church of Mallertshofen attracts with its stonework. The building is the oldest Roman style stone work north of Munich.
You can see both of them and the town hall on foot with an easy walk through the downtown area.