Ok, I officially love this town. 

We had two dinners here that were memorable so I’ll cover them but the main point is, as I was walking around by myself (around 10,000 steps per FitBit), I realized that I could come and live here for awhile and be happy,  the old town especially and within minutes you have a train and pretty much every store you need (up the hill and off to one side from the castle and old town). Even a Subway…

So I’m going to just bring you along to see some of what I liked. 

First, wanted to add a castle picture – did not include any showing the various courtyards, this was one of my favorite with the current cafe on the left which was the bakery and brewery at one time. 

St Jacob’s Church was first built in 1140 but fires and other damage over the years have necessitated various rebuilding and repair. 


Not as ornate as some but I found it very beautiful inside.



One side altar was particularly interesting.


St Joseph –  a Jesuit church from about 1630 and behind it is a school founded in 1629, Maximillian Gymnasium. 


Cute little grocery store in the Am Bichl area.


I just love this one! I took lots of door pictures. I always am tempted to do that in Paris but its been done, and published. Maybe hasn’t been for Burghausen, but those are for another post. Just had to include this here though.


A display for the Jazz Festsival which has been held annually here for 47years. 


A few of the greats who have commemorative plaques in the sidewalk. 


I noticed the water was down a lot since yesterday – almost 150 cm lower than yesterday.


I watched this big crow pulling wool off this sheep – nice lining for a nest.  He kept at it until he had a bunch and then took off. 



Just liked this mailbox – this guy is a business consultant and trainer


Love how these old buildings (which are protected as historical buildings) still have original structures – this in the Rathouse (town hall). 


A couple of night pictures

So

And dinner the first night at a Sardinian/Italian restaurant. Owner (from Sardinia) was very friendly, he’s been here 17 years and loves the town. Food was very good.


And the second night at Knoxoleum – an artist/restauranteur where the food is good enough but not the main attraction. The decor is over the top. That night a singer gave a concert of Bob Dylan songs.


one more view from our window


And because the sun came out. 


The walk I did while Bill worked was to the west end of Burghausen and back to the east, over the bridge to Austria, back down to the west bridge (about a mile each way) and then back to the hotel. About halfway through I realized I really like this town, it made me happy to be here. Friendly, cute, historical, pretty, I’d like to come here again. 

Ok, that’s it. So many unused photos but that’s enough for now.  Well, not quite. Here are two professional photos because it is hard to capture the whole town. You can see the eastern side bridge here, the west one is just out of view. 


The whole castle

Burghausen Castle

Walking around the first day we decided to go UP to the castle – wasn’t as bad a walk as it looked. Here is a picture of the whole town that I found online showing the extent of this castle. 

So up we went and this is one cool castle. Found out that in July they do a three day medieval festival at the castle and town – maybe I need to go back for that too.

I’ll throw in history as I got too. This hill was already settled in the bronze ages.  The castle itself was founded before 1025.  It was the second residence for the Dukes of Lower Bavaria in those early days. The main castle was built about 1255. So entering the main castle to the left in the picture from the town side.





It was modernized in the 1500’s to provide more military protection against the Ottoman Empire. It was also a place that ducal treasure was stored represented in the third picture of this set. 



A view of the town from the castle – probably part way up here.

And of the back of the castle – the side away from the town. 


This town was walled also in the medieval days but the walls of the castle were a secondary protection, it seems like it would have been quite a secure site. 

A chapel down in the 4th courtyard.


I promise I left out the great majority of my pictures but wanted to include some of the coolest areas.  And I’m tempted to do more so I’ll stop myself soon. But here are two picture I did with zoom lens just to see what they were mostly – beautiful church up on a hill quite a distance from Burghausen and I believe it was actually in Austria. 

And of course die Bergen – the mountains.


Ok, that’s the castle  – I will finish up in the next post with photos from walking around the town which I did a lot of the second day there while Bill was working. Also will fill you in on the interesting meals we had. 

Burghausen on the Salzach River.

So walked to the Bahnhof to get our train to Burghausen, a city near the 3M plant Bill was visiting. The plant people suggested the Post Hotel in Burghausen and it was a good choice to stay there. There is almost nothing in Glendorf where the plant is part of a huge complex of companies. 

It required 3 trains and almost 3 hours to go what would have been about 1 ½ hour drive. But it was interesting and actually quite cheap.  One ticket takes you on any/all Bavarian regional trains. 

But first I had to include this – I saw several of them in Munich. It’s a shortened name for Croissant and Bagel. The other store called themselves close to Parisian…. But the name just sounds funny in English.


First train and Bill is working. This took us to Lundshut.


Second train and Bill is working. This took us to Muhldorf.

Bavarian country side


One more train and we’re in Burghausen. 

The train station is in the higher area of town, away from the river and the old town. It’s like a different world – wide streets, stores, car dealers, “normal” houses, then you start down the hill into the “Altstadt” with the castle up on the hill above it.  Now this is a town I can love!

Our room in the 500 year old Post Hotel. Up three long flights of stairs (no “lift”).


The view out the window


Zoomed in

So we decided to walk around and find a place for lunch.  I had learned a few days before we left home that there was an International Jazz Festival in Burghausen and it started the night of the day we had to leave. Sad we had to miss it. This area ahead in the picture is called “Der Gruben”.


Lots of paintings on houses, typical in this area. 


And many houses had a plaque telling the history of the house. These buildings are all hundreds of years old. 



And then we came to the area called “Am Bichl” and decided to eat at Cafe Bichl

This was so good – don’t know what the cheese was but GOOD. The young waiter tried to explain what the crust was and came up with “a little like phyllo”. – I was impressed he knew that word but it wasn’t like that – really a very thin pizza crust. 

And of course, beer.


The Salzach river, walking down on the Burghausen side – the other side is Austria. 


a little Austrian (pretty much the same as south Bavarian) look


We walked down the river and across the bridge where we saw a building where they measure and record the river’s height and conditions. It had risen almost 200 centimeters in the past two days and was at over 400, flowing very rapidly and full of branches flowing downstream. 


Here is an old picture of the bridge – now it is steel but still keeps the wooden framework of the original bridge. 


On the bridge is Icarus (Ikarus in German).


And the small town of  Ach in Austria.


So next we walked up to the castle and visited the largest church.  Next post for that. I’m already liking this town.