Freising and Surroundings

Freising, just northeast of Munich (near the airport), is also on the Isar. North of Munich the Isartal is much less dramatic than it is to the south, although it still follows a leg of the Jakobsweg. At Marzling the route heads inland past recently plowed farmland and small villages. After Altenhausen the route heads […]

Straubing – Another City Of Churches

One day was not enough time to take in all that Straubing had to offer, though we did manage to make it to the Papal Basilica of St. James as well as churches of three orders, Jesuit, Carmelite and Ursuline, in Straubing. We did not get to the oldest church, the Romanesque Basilica of St. […]

Market Day in Straubing

Another beautiful town but the real surprise was the Gäuboden Museum. (Gäuboden is the fertile plain between the Isar and the Danube, which is why the museum boasts 7000 years of history.) The first galleries are Neolithic and Bronze Age (including Celtic) finds. The second set of galleries cover the Roman period. Two more sets […]

It Should Have Been a Walk in the Park

The Isartal south of Munich is mostly a wildlife preserve (Naturschutzgebiet) with well-developed trails along both banks of the Isar. A walk from Schäftlarn to Wolfratshausen looked to be in the cards. High waters from recent snowmelt were not enough to flood the banks of the Isar. Early signs of Spring on the last days […]