Some folks that get to Zorneding in Upper Bavaria decide to not drive but to take the S-Bahn train from nearby Munich, which leaves every 10 minutes. Figuring if one didn’t like the place it would only take about 20 minutes out of someone’s life to get back to classy Munich.
Turns out thousands of folks do like it so it isn’t a waste of precious time.
Zorneding might have some wonderful old buildings to see, but it was the countryside and the Ebersberg Forest that stole my heart.
The Ebersberg Forest was once a medieval hunting ground, so imagine yourself as such (the hunter, not the hunted). Go ahead and laugh, but it sure makes the time pass pretty quickly. ;-)
You’ll see all sorts of Spruce, Fir, and Oak trees along your walk, finally ending up at the nearby Observation Tower where you’ll get the best aerial view imaginable. So, this is what all the birds around here see. I think you’ll fall in love with Upper Bavaria all over again.
As you wind down from your Forest experience (there’s even a Forest Museum within the Ebersberg Forest) and return your rented bicycle walk around the rest of the way.
Some of the best of Zorneding’s history can be seen at the Baroque St. Martin Church (1719). It was originally a medieval church from the very early 14th century.
St. Georg is also a Baroque Church (1696); and the St. Anthony Chapel was also built around the same time in 1683. The grandeur and opulence of the Baroque period is never more evident than in its churches.
OK, maybe the castles too, but there aren’t any here.
I had to jump ahead to the 19th century when I saw the Marienkapelle (1864) in the village of Ingelsberg and the Neuwirtskapelle, built in 1887.
The 20th century gave us the Ludwig Monument and the War Memorial, built in 1923 for fallen soldiers of the Great War with World War II soldiers added later.
Your last stop in Zorneding might be a beer garden. You know, with train service running as frequently as it does, I think you can sit here for a while and still make it back to Munich at a decent hour. ;-)