Dießen am Ammersee Travel Guide

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Dießen am Ammersee Things to Do

  • Phone home..... in case ET comes back...

    Just in case E.T. comes back to earth, tell him to travel to Bavaria because here he can ... phone home. What looks like a huge space centre in the hollow south of Dießen, in the village of Raisting, is almost that: a huge ground communication centre or earth station, used for communication. It was built in 1963 and used by German federal...

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  • The magnificent church: Marienmünster

    Marienmünster, Dießen’s church, is said to be one of the most magnificent Baroque churches within whole Germany. I have visited a handful of these, such as Wies Church, Rottenbuch and Benediktbeuern, and can fully understand this statement. The whole complex of Marienmünster, built 1732-39 on the ground of older monasteries from 815 and 1120, is...

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  • Countless collection in the Tin Figures...

    Tin soldiers have been popular kids’ toys since ages. I have read that they were meant as teaching toys originally, to show kids “the big, wide world”, and only later the focus was on war figures. Thus this little shop-museum is especially interesting, because the owners do just that: show the big wide world. The tin masters produce a huge variety...

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Dießen am Ammersee Restaurants

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    In case you need caffeine and sugar fix, Zinn Cafè is an excellent place to do so. Apart from it being museum and a shop for these cute little tin figurines, part of the houses’ ground floor (US first floor) has been converted into a cafè. I love the way they arranged the chairs and tables – amidst trees, plants, little tables with additional goodies, mostly for home decor, but also jewellery. One room (photo 3) is equipped with old furniture: sofa, chairs, table and shelves – also a nice place to sit and enjoy your coffee and cake. The whole atmosphere is like sitting in a garden or in a home.

    The cakes are all home baked. When I was there I could choose between three different cakes, but since cheesecake is one of my favourites, it was cheesecake for me. Delicious, as was my latte macchiato. And the bill was surprisingly low: only 5 Euro for both.

    The cafè with museum and shop is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 18:00, Saturdays from 09:00 – 16:00. Closed on Sundays and holidays, exception is Ascension Day, when the Pottery Market is being held in town.

    Directions:
    From the train station, walk west, on Mühlstrasse, pass the city hall (Rathaus), the road will turn into Herrenstrasse. It is on your right, no. 17, the blue house (photo 4).

    Location of Zinn-Cafè, Dießen, on Google Maps.

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Dießen am Ammersee Transportation

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    Dießen is easily accessible by train from Munich and Augsburg. Trains every hour from Munich with change in Geltendorf will take approx. 1 hour. Trains from Augsburg, also every hour, are direct trains and will take approx. 1 hour. The train station is located almost directly at the lake, so in easy reach to the town centre, and approx. 10 minute walk uphill to the church “Marienmünster”.

    If you come by car, it is approx. 25 km southeast of the town of Landsberg, at A 96.

    There is a big car park nearby the train station, but since I wanted to visit the church uphill I was looking for a parking spot nearby and found one in Von-Eichendorff-Straße, which was free of charge.

    Location of free parking on Google Maps.
    Location of train station on Google Maps.

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Dießen am Ammersee Shopping

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    Zinn-Cafè, the tin cafè, is not only a museum and cafè but of course you can also buy the charming little tin figurines. And I highly recommend to do so, because they are lovely, definitely hand-made and hand-painted in the manufacture in the upper floors (and thus a real “Made in Germany”) and light in weight, which is a real bonus for the luggage. I swear that you will find nice gifts for family and friends who might have even the fanciest taste or hobbies.

    I was overwhelmed by the selection; they must have more than 20000 moulds. The shelves in the little shop are crammed with the figurines, often arranged in scenes, like in the glass cabinets inside of the museum and cafè part. At the end I bought a lovely Christmas tree and a typical Bavarian maypole for me, a cat for Sarah and Chris and a monstrance for a friend who is priest.
    And since the selection of the home decor and artwork inside the cafè is exquisite too, I bought two candles in lavender decorated ceramic boxes and a little heart made of silver wire.

    Be aware that the figurines are not cheap – the more complicated painting is involved on the tiny figurines, the higher the price. The maypole was approx. 30 Euro, the Christmas tree approx. 60 Euro. But smaller figurines with less complicated paint will be cheaper, from 5 – 10 Euro on.

    The shop with museum and cafe is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 – 18:00, Saturdays from 09:00 – 16:00. Closed on Sundays and holidays, exception is Ascension Day, when the Pottery Market is being held in town.

    Directions:
    From the train station, walk west, on Mühlstrasse, pass the city hall (Rathaus), the road will turn into Herrenstrasse. It is on your right, no. 17, the blue house (photo 5).

    Location of Babette Schweizer, tin art work, on Google Maps.

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Dießen am Ammersee Local Customs

  • Elaborate guild staffs inside...

    Anyone who visits the interior of churches in Bavaria (and other regions with a high portion of catholic people) you might notice staffs mounted left and right of the benches. I saw these in Schongau and Mittenwald so far. And I saw them in Dießen’s Marienmünster, however, more elaborate than the ones in Schongau. These are guild staffs or guild...

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  • Countless painted houses: Bavaria...

    Southern Bavaria is famous for very colourful paintings on house façades – Dießen is no exception. Especially since the town received “market right” in medieval days, the right to hold markets in town, trade between countries south of the Alps was quite intense and the town became wealthy. I haven’t been in the town centre as of now, but already by...

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  • Tourist Information will provide further...

    I was only shortly in Dießen, to visit the church and the tin cafè, and somehow I didn’t made it to go back during my summer trip in 2013. But that was a shame because the whole town is marvellous according to the photos I saw and the glances I could see when I was driving towards the church. And then there is also the viewpoint high above town and...

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  • Museum dedicated to the master of...

    Famous German composer Carl Orff lived in Dießen almost 30 years and so it is not surprising that the town has set up a museum dedicated to his work and music. Unfortunately it is open only on weekends, so I must leave it for my next time.However, the region around Ammersee (Lake Ammer) has not only established the museum in his honour. During...

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  • Boot trip

    There are several possibilities where you can rent boots and rowing boots. We didn't have enougth time but maybe the next time ...

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