Grainbach also has a chapel which is located at the Kapellenweg. We first passed the chapel as I was looking for something much bigger. This chapel has an iron grate through which you can take a look at a fresco featuring various holy people.
This „Marterl“ is to be found a bit outside of Grainbach by the Widholz forest next to the road. It says something like that here Simon Schmid, the sacristan of Grainbach, was cut to death by the Croats.
This happened in 1704. In that year marauding soldiers from Austria came through Grainbach because of the Spanish succession war. The sacristan would let them into the church and they axed a hole into the door. The sacristan managed to flee but they caught up with him at the Widholz….
Today’s church dates back to the end of the 15th century and is built on Roman walls. But already before then there was an old fortified church from the high middle ages that was connected with the castle of the ministrials who were in the service of the counts of Dachau. In the 18th century the windows very extended. The interior is rokoko. On the northern walls you may see what is left of a fresco showing the holy Christophorus.
The high altar is from 1766-68 by Joseph Anton Froehlich. The side figures show the holy Kaiser Heinrich II. and holy Valentin. Also the figures of the side altars are well worth looking at as they are of very high quality and were made by Joseph Goetsch and the paintings are by Joseph Anton Hoettinger.
The Dorfcafé doubles as a bakery shop. It also sells soft drinks to take away and sweets. Until a while ago Grainbach had its own grocery shop but after the retirement of the couple that ran it, no successor was found. So the Dorfcafé is your only choice if you don’t want to go to a restaurant.
The bread and buns which are very yummy get delivered from the main bakery in Rohrdorf.
We came by car to Grainbach. This is necessary if you want to stay a few days and carry suitcases etc. as public transport is practically non-existent.
From Munich/Rosenheim or from Salzburg you travel on the motorway A8 and take the exit Achenmuehle. Then just follow the signs for Samerberg and then somewhere uphill before Toerwang you will turn off to the left for Grainbach.
Grainbach is an excellent place to start walking and hiking from, if the weather is alright. The center of Samerberg “Toerwang” is reachable on foot in about 40-45 minutes. Near the road leading to Toerwang you will see the sign on the photo for the pedestrian path. This path takes you across the fields and the Filzen, a popular walking area with trees.
In many villages in Bavaria you see a maypole all year round. The ones I’ve seen feature little figures of local professions, so it may be more of guild pole than a maypole after all.
Another local custom we noted, but didn't photograf was the new years musicians. A group of people playing various instruments play in front of each house to welcome the new year or to say good-bye to the old one. They receive a drink or some money and then move to the next house.
In the center of the village at the crossroads you will notice a large rectangular building. At least part of it is a local “watering hole” or restaurant.
On the square you will also find an interesting shaped fountain. In winter it was dressed with a metal lid. On top of the fountain you will see the figure of a “Samer” which is a “Saeumer”, a person transporting goods on his horse.
At one corner of the village square you will also find a mail box. In Grainbach there is one more Gasthof (restaurant) next to the church which also seems to have a few rooms for rent.
Favorite thing: I was quite surprised to see a war memorial in the middle of the village. It is dedicated to the local fallen heros to both world wars.