Hohenfurch Travel Guide

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    by Trekki Updated Aug 4, 2013

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    The church dedicated to St. Mary (full name Maria Himmelfahrt = Assumption of Virgin Mary) sits high on the hill part of Hohenfurch village. From the outside it looks rather simple and plain with its rectangular bell tower partly covered with shingles. But as it was the case with many of the Bavarian churches I visited during my short trip: nothing prepares you for the interior, especially in this case. The church dates back to 1394 and belonged to the Benedictine monastery of Füssen for a long time. It was extended in 18th century together with the widening up of the windows. This makes the whole single nave room much lighter and also the following restoration in rococo style added to this lightness and airiness. I think it was here in this little church when I suddenly understood what the builders of this style intended: to create a room for prayers where people can feel closer to heaven in a light and bight surroundings. Something like a contrast to the dark picture which was created in the past. This is something I find fascinating anyhow in my travels: reading and learning is one thing, but experiencing it and slowly understand the meaning behind is one of the most exciting aspects of travel and life in general.
    Back to the church’s interior. What I loved inside was the very colourful and delicate yet sparsely used stucco work. Even now when I look at the photos it looks like a carefully done icing decoration in pastel colours. They all surround the frescoes, which are dedicated to Virgin Mary and the Guardian Angels. When I was there in October 2011, it was a beautiful sunny day and I was alone for quite a while, so I could take in the whole light atmosphere and look at every possible detail. Suddenly an elderly woman came in with most probably her granddaughter. They looked at the Thanksgiving decoration and talked about it in a way that I had this feeling again that this part of Bavaria is very much grounded and harmonic.

    The church should be open daily. Somewhere I have read that it is only possible to see it from behind iron bars outside of mass times. But there was no bar, so I assume it was removed.
    Entrance is free, but it would be nice to leave a donation for restoring in the box.

    More photos in my travelogues: more impressions, detail photos and more impressions.

    Location of Maria Himmelfahrt church on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., November 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

    Hohenfurch, Maria Himmelfahrt church Frescoes in the sanctuary Frescoes above the organ Pulpit Main fresco: Assumption of Mary
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    by Trekki Updated Nov 28, 2011

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    Pfaffenwinkel region of Bavaria is rather compact. It forms almost a square with a diameter of approx. 40 km. Thus, many of these gem churches of the region are in easy reach, less than one hour drive from Hohenfurch. I have visited many churches during my short stay in the region and will write separately about most of them.
    The ones in easy reach of Hohenfurch are:
    Steingaden with Wies Church and the marvellous former monastery church in the town of Steingaden (22 km to the south),
    Rottenbuch, with former monastery (22 km to the southeast),
    Schongau town and church Maria Himmelfahrt (5 km to the south),
    Hohenpeißenberg with a marvellous view and church Maria Himmelfahrt (20 km to the southeast),
    Altenstadt with the Romanesque Basilica St. Michael (6 km to the south),
    Sachsenried with the beautiful church St. Martin (12 km to the west),
    Wessobrunn with a former monastery (20 km to the northeast).

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    Steingaden, parish church Wies Church Ilgen Rottenbuch
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Hohenfurch Transportation

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    by Trekki Updated Sep 21, 2013

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    I was here by car, so I didn’t have to worry about public transport. Hohenfurch is located just a few kilometres north of Schongau, the major town of this part of Pfaffenwinkel. It has no train station, but Schongau has one, so it can be reached from e.g. Munich with a combination of train and bus.
    Have a look at Pfaffenwinkel’s ”Getting around” page: on the right hand side is the network for download (trains and busses). Bus no. 9824 is maybe the best, it is daily including weekend days and connects Schongau and Landsberg at Lech river. The other alternative, albeit only Monday to Friday with one additional bus on Saturday (but not on Sunday) is the circulating bus no. 9659 between Schongau, Altenstadt, Hohenfurch and back. The three bus stations of Hohenfurch (“B17”, “Rathaus” (town hall) and “Abzweigung Schule” (exit school) are all located west of the regional street B17, so I assume that the station “B17” is the best. That would however involve a walk of approx. 600 m (says Google Maps), uphill the last 200 metres.

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    Hohenfurch Maria Himmelfahrt church
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