couldnt find a better place to put this link...
well - they moved the webcam, so now there isn´t much to see any more
short description of the webcam picture: the market place in town center
the monument in the middle: Mariensäule
Many towns in Germany have adopted a mascot of some sort – lions, dragons, and pigs are some of the mascots that we have seen. These mascots are then decorated and prominently displayed in front of shops and in other places where they will be seen. In Freising, the mascot is the brown bear. Painted statues are around the town, a local fountain is a bear playing in the water, and the local brewery has a bear wearing a monk’s robe and tonsure while carrying casks of beer.
Why a bear you might ask? Saint Corbinian was a monk in the 8th century that established a Benedictine monastery in Freising, just northeast of Munich. According to legend, St. Corbinian was traveling to Rome when a bear attacked and killed Corbinian’s pack horse. This bear was commanded by Corbinian to carry the load of the horse he killed, which he did…all the way to Rome where Corbinian released the bear from his burden and the bear returned to Bavaria. One will often see a bear near Corbinian in artworks, similar to other saints and their symbols. The bishopric of Freising has this bear in its coat of arms as well as the papal coat of arms of the current Pope Benedict XVI who, as Archbishop Joseph Ratzinger, was appointed to Freising-Munich area in 1977.
The local school band regularly performs at Freising's beer garden. They bring a lot of German marches, overtures, very rhythmic consonant pieces, and even some jazz. They also sell their CDs at the beer garden. Enjoy your lunch while hearing them play!