Kempten Travel Guide

  • In the chapel - skulls
    In the chapel - skulls
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    St Lorenz Basilica
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    Town hall of Kempten
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Kempten Things to Do

  • Allgau Museum

    We stumbled across the museum on a Good Friday morning. It was a pleasant find and we spent the best part of a couple of hours wandering around. It gives a look at the history of the local area, social and industrial mostly. All of the information was in German inside. I'd give it some time if I were you in Kempten.

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  • Duke Abbots Residence

    The Residenz was a Benedictine monastery founded in the 8th century and developed into the Residence of the Duke Abbots of Kempten until 1803. This baroque building with double courtyards includes the “Fürstensaal” (Hall of the Dukes) with its austere stuccowork and the “Prunkräume” (Rooms of State) with gorgeous Rococo decoration which is unique...

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  • Erasmus Chapel

    Erasmus chapel is an almost mystic underground place. You won't see it if you don't know where it is. All that's visible in the square is a modern entrance to a stairway which looks as if it leads to an underground parking garage. Signs indicate what it really is.Once upon a time St.-Mang-Platz was a cemetery with a funeral chapel, a two-storey...

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  • St.-Mang-Brunnen

    The fountain in St.-Mang-Platz is an art nouveau work, created by the sculptor Georg Wrba in 1905. The central sculpture under the canopy is St Magnus of Füssen, the "Apostle of the Allgäu". Wrba shows him as a young man clad in a short tunic, holding up a cross. The vaults of the canopy bear the coats of arms of Bavaria, Augsburg, Kempten and the...

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  • St Mang Church and Square

    St Mang square is, after Rathausplatz, the second large square in the lower town. The large gothic church of St Mang (= Magnus) is the parish church of the imperial city. In 1525 the magistrate introduced the reformation in the imperial city, since then the church has been protestant. In the middle ages the square served as churchyard. Through the...

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  • Orangerie and Gardens

    The former court gardens behind Residenz are a public park. The upper terrace has some flower beds and trees and lawns. The lower part is directed at the Orangerie building, erected around 1780. Instead of flower pots the Orangerie nowadays hosts books: It is the seat of the city library. Benches are there but not many, I would have appreaciated a...

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  • Gate Towers

    Two gate towers along what used to be the Southern edge of the town have been preserved. They have no function as gates any more, there is a main road past them. Only pedestrians walk through the arched passages. Waisentor ("orphanage gate" - I can only assume that there used to be an orphanage nearby or even in the adjacent building) looks a bit...

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  • Burghalde: View of the Alps

    The Alps begin about half an hour South of Kempten. On clear days you can spot the mountain chain from elevated viewpoints within the town - the best is probably the one on Burghalde behind the open-air theatre. A good zoom is useful to have...An information board up there depicts the scenery and provides the names of the mountain peaks and...

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  • Burghalde: The Castle

    A short steep climb takes you to the top of Burghalde, the castle hill. In the middle ages the castle was the starting point of the settlement. In those times this hill used to be an island, surrounded by two branches of the river. The castle was demolished in 1705, apart from the keep little is left of it. The present, romantic-looking castle is a...

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  • Residenz: State Apartment of the Prince...

    A guided tour of the Residenz will take you through the state apartment of the Prince Abbot. There is no monastic simplicity, the abbot resides and represents like, and as, a worldly prince. Paintings and stucco deal with some religious and many worldly topics.Decorating and furnishing the rooms took ten years from 1732 to 1742. The result is a...

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  • Residenz

    The Benedictine abbey of Kempten had the status of an imperial abbey and their abbot that of a prince. The prince abbot had the worldly rule over a medium-sized territory. After more or less total destruction in the 30 Years War both the church and the convent building and abbot's residence were rebuilt from scratch right after. Works on both...

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  • Basilica: Scagliola Pictures on the...

    The art works inside the Basilica of St Lorenz that impressed me most are the scagliola pictures of the choir stalls. The stalls are placed around the intersection under the dome. Each seat is ornated with a colourful picture on the back wall. They show landscape scenes, buildings, ruins as taken from baroque paintings. All of them are different....

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  • Basilica St Lorenz, Stiftskirche

    The church of the Benedictine abbey is Kempten's main catholic church. After the destruction of the medieval precedessor in the 30 Years War, construction works started in 1652. It is one of the first large churches in early baroque style that were built in Southern Germany after the long decades of the war. The architects Michael Beer and Johann...

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  • Roman Cambodunum: The Roman Baths

    The excavations of the Roman baths are protected under a roof and can be visited for a small entrance fee. In the hall you can walk around the excavation site and look at it from all sides. Boards and showcases show reconstructions of the baths, explain their use and present some original pieces which were found during the excavations. To...

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  • Roman Cambodunum: The Forum

    The excavation site at the ancient Roman Forum can be visited for free, it is a park with meadows and trees and open to the public any time. To be honest, there is not much left of the buildings. Their foundations are lined out, and there is a copy of the famous statue of Emperor Augustus. On top of the stone structure in the middle of the meadow...

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  • A Walk along the Iller

    The Iller, a side river of the Danube, divides Kempten in two. The Roman settlement was located on the high right river bank, the medieval town was however built on the left bank which remained the centre of the town. The water has the typical light turquoise-green colour and opaqueness of the rivers coming down from the Alps. A weir controls the...

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  • Rathaus and Rathausplatz

    Kempten's city hall is a medieval building from the 15th century, though with some changes and refurbishments in the renaissance era and also in later centuries. The coat of arms with the double-headed eagle, vertically divided in black and silver, indicates Kempten's status as free imperial city. The small tower with the onion-shaped roof has a...

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  • The roman forum

    In the archeological parc in Kempten you can visit three different location, which are located close to eachother. Two you have to pay for (roman bath and temple district) and one is for free (forum foundations).On the large grass area closeby the roman bath you will find the foundations of the former roman town Cambodunum, the roots of modern...

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Kempten Restaurants

  • Beautiful Beer Garden

    After the visit to Stiftskirche, the beer garden on the opposite side of the square immediately caught our attention. It has everything you'd expect from a Bavarian beer garden. You sit in the shade under chestnut trees, enjoying the products of the microbrewery... a pleasant lunchtime activity. The location is perfectly convenient for a pit stop...

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  • Stork's nest - not only for babies ;-)

    The Storchennest (stork’s nest) is a cosy and nice decorated restaurant which offers German/ local food. You could get several of the dishes also as small portion which I found great. I had the turkey steak with rice as small portion which was good and enough for me, except that there was not much sauce. My husband the aspargus toast and also...

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  • Hotel, restaurant and nice beergarden

    The Bayerischer Hof is a 4-stars-hotel which also has a restaurant - and above all a very nice beer garden. The hotel is located at a busy street, but you don’t notice that in the beer garden. You rather hear the fountain! As May is the typical season for aspargus they had several aspargus dishes on their menu, but of course also others. I had...

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  • Brewery restaurant with nice beer garden

    The restaurant „Zum Stift“ lies very central, just next to the St Lorenz basilica and the Residence. The beer garden is very nice, with large chestnut trees that provide shadow. Only that live music there wasn’t my cup of tea! Food was good, too, I had a baked potato with a kind of sour cream sauce and a salad. It only was too much, especially as...

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  • Hotel, Restaurant and Beergarden

    The Hotel and Restaurant 'Bayerischer Hof' is located close to the center of Kempten just on the other side of the river Iller. During the premeet here in Kempten for the Euromeet2012 in Bergamo we went here for dinner in the beergarden. The beergarden in Bayerischer Hof has an excellent calm atmosphere as tables are rather far apart in a nice...

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  • Brewery Restaurant

    The name of the restaurant gives you a good hint of its origin, 'Stift' can be translated to monastery. The restaurant is located in old buildngs that formerly belonged to Kemptens monastery. Outside you will find a traditional and cosy beergarden that invites on a sunny day. The food here is traditional Bavarian food. It might be good to inform...

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  • Nice atmosphere + great food.

    The restaurant serves local swabian food. Very tasty.Address:Restaurant StorchennestFamilie PreschlBahnhofstr. 8, 87435 KemptenTel. +49-(0)831-29237, Fax 0831-23253eMail: info@restaurant-storchennest.de Opening hours: 10.00 - 24.00 Warm food: 11.00 - 22.00Closing day: June - November on Sundays

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  • A local beergarden

    The Bachtelweiher Garten is a beergarden and Cafe at the outskirts of Kempten in the beautiful area close to the Bachtelweiher, a small lake. Beside coffee, beer and cake they also serve warm local food.There are possibilities for kids to play and you will find a minigolf place.

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  • Brewery tap

    The tap of the Allgäu brewery was close to our hotel so had to visit. Maybe a little more upmarket than we are used to, friendly and comfortable all the same. Excellent food, we had a little trouble with the menu - unusually for us we had to resort to an English one. Tasty vegetarian food for Mrs B as well.

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Kempten Transportation

  • Good train links

    Tha main train station is some way from the town centre, regular bus service or a short taxi ride.There are rail links to Munich, Augsburg, Ulm, Lindau and Oberstdorf that we saw, probably more as well.This makes Kempten a good place to explore the Allgäu region from.

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  • Alex and DB Munich to Kempten

    Over the day each hour there is a train connection from Munich to Kempten. You can find the times and prices on the homepage of the german train company (Deutsche Bahn). See the link. Enter 'Kempten Hbf' as destination. It is the main station. Unfortunately the trainstation here is not downtown, so if you have much to carry it is better to take a...

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Kempten Sports & Outdoors

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    Allgaeu, Bavaria

    by gubbi1 Written May 1, 2005

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    From Kempten you can make a tour of 40 kilometers on an old train track, where the rails are taken away and the track is rebuilt for bikers. It goes through a fantastic nature with views towards the mountains in the south.

    Equipment: The path is in a good condition, but you can't use a race bike. A standard bike is definitely OK, a mountain bike is better.

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Kempten Favorites

  • Reichsstadt: The Imperial City

    Old Kempten is historically and topographically divided into two independent cities and states with the same name. A settlement formed around the Benedictine abbey already in the early middle ages. The settlement grew into a town in the run of the centuries and, together with rising wealth and influence, the self-consciousness of the citizens and...

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  • Stiftsstadt: The Abbey City

    Old Kempten is historically and topographically divided into two parts. The abbey was a religious institution and at the same time possessor and ruler of a worldly territory. Their abbot had the rank of a prince. The settlement around the abbey developed into the so-called Stiftsstadt, located on higher ground around and behind the basilica and...

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  • Oldest City in Germany?

    Kempten is one of the oldest known settlements in Germany, its history begins with the ancient Roman city of Cambodunum. Kempten and Trier are competing who is really the oldest, then there are Speyer, Worms, Köln and Augsburg who also have their say in the matter. Superlatives seem to be important... Fact is, though, that Kempten is older than...

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APC = Archeological Park Cambodunum
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Erasmus chapel
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St Mang square
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A modern mill wheel
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Court Gardens and Orangery
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St Lorenz Basilica
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The residence
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Town hall and square
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Orangerie
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Basilica
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Erasmus Chapel
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Always visit the church
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Motorsports - Exhibition of Abt Sportsline
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Allgäu Museum Kempten
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The roman bath
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Currency Exchange and BoA
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Old town walk
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Hotel Peterhof
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Rathausplatz Fountain
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