Bad Tölz's landmark is the Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, an impressive twin-towerd baroque church which looms on top of Kalvarienberg, not far from Isar river and Marktstrasse.
Kalvarienberg itself is a German synonym for Golgatha, hence the 12 stations of Jesus' Passion along the way when you come from Marktstrasse and the crucifixion scene on top of the hill.
Beside the church is Leonhardikapelle. The tiny chapel is the destination of the annual Leonhardifahrt (Leonhardi pilgrimage). Leonhard, the patron saint of horses, is being honored every year on November 6 with dozens of flower-festooned horse-drawn carts, while locals in traditional Lederhosen and Dirndls (don't get too excited, you won't see me dead in this stuff) and brass bands are trying to keep pace with the carts.
On quieter days, Kalvarienberg provides a beautiful view over the town with the Alps in the background. Clearly a "must do."
Since crime rate is basically non-existent (in mid/late 2008 the last murder dated back more than 10 years) you can also feel free to enjoy a nightly view over Tölz.
What Marktstrasse is to Tölz's old town, Ludwigstrasse is for to spa center. A near-feudal promenade with few shops, but mostly hotels, spa houses and of course a park.
Sometimes a brass band plays live at said park, but I'm not sure if their music contributes to a speedy recovery.
Marktstrasse is Tölz's main shopping street and a pedestrian area in the heart of the old town. The most elaborate Lüftl-paintings can be seen here, especially at the Marienstift, the big complex at river Isar.
The madonna figure you can see in the photo had formerly been an imperial eagle with a swastika. It was then placed at the Isar bridge that links the old town with the spa town (a few yards to my back).
Allied forces planned to bomb Bad Tölz at the end of WWII, mostly due to the nearby SS-Junkerschule (SS Officer Candidate School). The aircraft, however, had to return to base only 3km/2 miles away from the town due to poor visibility. Before they could start a second attempt, the war was over. This is sometimes called the "Miracle of Toelz", which the locals celebrated by turning the Nazi symbol into said madonna figure.
This is a fan of Wilhelminian style residential buildings writing.
Buildings you can see in Vienna, Paris or Berlin's Prenzlauer Berg area. So you may excuse me when I don't really embrace Lüftl-paintings.
Lüftl-paintings are a form of facade shaping with a tradition that goes as far back to antiquity, when paintings should give the illusion of columns or windows which were not existent in reality.
The most recent artistic influences came from the colorful painted towns in northern Italy during the time of renaissance. Being situated along trade routes helped greatly to spread the art of Lüftl-paintings. Not only in respect of copying other countries' habits and cultural diversity, but with trade came wealth necessary to afford elaborate facade-paintings.
As the dyed-in-the-wool caholics Bavarians are, testimonials of Christian worship were often painted on facades.
Sometimes it's a more secular figurative depiction, though - such as worshipping good food and wine.
Water attracts me, and the Isar river is no exception, quite to the contrary. If it had stayed dry for a couple of days, the river is translucent turquoise and shallow, with gravel banks sticking out, but still has a notable current.
After going down Marktstrasse, you'll find yourself at the river. So which direction to take?
My suggestion would be, to cross the bridge and then turn right. You are now going down the river on the left hand side.
Trouble is, after some 2 km, there is a frequented road that apparently seduces some drivers to crank up (the speed, not the car stereo).
Still if you don' want to go back the same way and have another hour to spare, you should turn right and go down the street for perhaps 15 minutes (1 km). Then comes a path which is difficult to miss and takes you to a hydro plant with an artificial lake and a fish pass.
Cross the river at the hydro plant, and after 200 meters turn right into the path that takes you back to Bad Tölz via Kalvarienberg.
If the first part down the river could be described "Park and Street", this part up the river would be the "Meadow and Forest" part.
From the view outside I was not expecting to see such fantastic art work and architecture. Truely a great surprise to me. I later learned that many of the churches were just like this one. The doors were open but the altar was gated so I had to shoot around and through.
Getting married in your hometown. May the happy couple live happily ever after. Congratulations and Best Wishes.