Laufen is the village opposite of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, and besides a few lovely baroque buildings and 2 nice, medieval towngates it is mainly the old gothic church that would deserve a little tour by the tourists, beeing interested in old churches.
First of all you will see that unique arcades around the church, partly with great frescos and a few nice tombs of noble men, but also the interior is worth seeing.
The bridge between Oberndorf and Laufen is the only place to cross the Salzach for quite a wide area, so you have to decide, how to choose your way to get to the right places !
Burghausen in Bavaria, about 15 km from Holzoester is another great day-excursion. High above the city of Burghausen there is the largest castle of Germany and you may spend hours there exploring different museums, great medival walls, lovely churches and many other great buildings. That castle is just like a small town on top of the hill.
Also the town of Burghausen is really worth a closer look, especially the town-square with lovely baroque houses and there is something else, that Burghausen is well known for all over the world :
The Burghausen Jazz-festival that saw celebrities like Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Fatty George (he was Austrian) - see all of the at the "walk of Jazz" in the city of Burghausen
Tittmoning is a small town in Bavaria, about 25 km from Holzoester and it is really worth seeing, not only for the fact that pope Benedikt XVI spent his childhood there, the village has also a great townsquare with many baroque houses, some parts of the medieval townwalls and moat are left over just like 3 medieval town-gates.
High above Tittmoning you will see a great castle with an intersting church and a nice museum.
Tittmining is not a very touristy place, restaurants and hotels are quite cheap and it makes a great place for an excursion from Holzoester.
In Tittmoning you will also find one of the very few bridge to get across the river Salzach.
Braunau is the district capital (Bezirkshauptstadt) of the district in which Fúcking is situated. And it is (in)famous for being the birthplace of Adolf Hitler. But that is already all what connects Hitler with Fúcking. It seems that Hitler never enjoyed it.
Braunau is immediately at the river Inn which here forms the border between Austria and Germany. Hitler was born only a few 100 meters from the bridge where was the frontier checkpoint.
If you feel the wish to do water sports under your time in Fúcking you find several tiny surprisingly warm lakes in a comfortable walking distance from Fúcking. We enjoyed the Holzoestersee but there are several others of similar size nearby.
Did you know that worlds most famous X-mas song was written and composed only a few km from here and first performed in a tiny church of the nearby Oberndorf? You may read more of it on Globetrott's page.
All of the surroundings are " Off the beaten path " - nothing else than a great landscape and blooming trees. No restaurant, no kiosk, no church, but simply a few farmhouses , a nice landscape and a great view on the alps around Salzburg. A few meters outside of the village-centre you will find Gasthof Lindlbauer, a great restaurant and cheap hotel !
F*cking is great area when you simply want to relax and simply do nothing at all...
Holzoester is a small village closeby Fûcking and it has the warmest lake of Austria, even with a healthy peet-water.
Click on ym link below and take a look at my page about Holzoester !
Marienberg is a great pilgrim-church just a few kilometers south of Burghausen, on your way to Raitenhaslach, and it might make a perfect place to visit, when you are doing a daytrip from Holzoester :
This church it under restoration at the moment, and obviously still till the end of 2007, BUT you may take a look through the glass-door at the entrance, just like I did, dee my pictures !
This church will be a gem, when it will be finished with the restorations !
Raitenhaslach is a great monastery just a few kilometers south of Burghausen and it might be another great place to go to in a day-trip from Holzoester :
This lovely monastery dates back to the year 1345 and it was rebuilt in baroque style between 1690 and 1696 and a few years later in Rokkoko-style.
In 1780 pope Pius VI came to Raitenhaslach and spent the night in the so-called "Praelatenzimmer" that is still one of the most beautiful rooms today.
You may visit the ornate church freely and without restrictions during the day. The monastery could also be visited, but I have no idea about the time-schedules. The doors were open, while I was there and I could walk around.
This monastery would need a lot of repairs and restorations still, BUT it also looks great already the way it is today.
between 1396 and 1502 many members of the Wittelsbacher Dynasty were buried in Raitenhaslach.
Below you may click on a link to the Klostergasthof, the well-known restaurant of the monastery !
Oberndorf bei Salzburg is about 18 km from Holzoester and might make a great day-excursion in combination with Burghausen, Tittmoning, F*cking , Braunau and Marktl or Altoetting. Oberndorf is the small village where the world-famous christmas-song "Silent Night , Holy Night" was performed for the 1st time in history. The original church does not exist anymore, it was damaged by high floods of the river Salzach and was replaced by a small chapel, that you may visit freely and without restrictions during the day. Opposite of that chapel you may see the town-museum that shows also lots of interesting facts and exhibits about the rafting on the river Salzach, that was a priviledge for the town of Oberndorf for several centuries : nobody else was allowed to take the precious salt down the river Salzach.
Across the river there is Lauffen, in Germany, a different village, although it looks like another part of Oberndorf
So, you made the drive to F*cking and were disappointed there there wasn't much to see. No worries, friend, because there is another town nearby you might want to check out! I didn't go there myself...one funny-named town in a weekend is enough for me...but maybe this is right up your alley. Check out Tittmoning!