Rottenbuch Travel Guide

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Rottenbuch Things to Do

  • Centre of the former monastery: food for...

    The former monastery centre courtyard, if it could be called that way, is still there and the leaflet about Rottenbucher Klosterrundweg (Rottenbuch Monastery Round Tour), Rottenbuch’s tourist board has available on their website, is an excellent source to imagine how well organised and how functional the monastery was over the years and centuries....

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  • Other churches in easy reach from...

    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 Rottenbuch. 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...

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  • Old pestilence cemetery outside of town

    On the quite detailed map of Rottenbuch and surroundings inside of town I discovered a sign “Pestfriedhof” (pestilence cemetery) and wanted to visit it since these kinds of cemeteries have a certain historical relevance. In this specific case finding the cemetery was also very much “the path is the goal” because the farmers were cutting the grass...

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  • Splendid former monastery church in...

    Spiritual centre of the former monastery ground is the collegiate church of Maria Geburt (birth of Mary), a masterpiece of Rococo. The first church was built on this ground end of 11th century, Romanesque. In 14th century vast fires destroyed it so it was rebuilt in Gothic. During Thirty Years War and War of Spanish Succession church and monastery...

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  • Cemetery with beautiful iron crosses

    The cemetery in front of the church’s entrance is of newer date, but it is very much worth to visit, especially because of the beautiful artwork of the crosses. I haven’t seen so many of these rural artisan work on the other cemeteries I saw (Steingaden, Hohenfurch, Altenstadt), except the one in Sachsenried. The little door was open and I assume...

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  • Former monastery brewery

    Of course the monastery also had an own brewery. Beer was important these days, it was more or less the only “drink” that was safe. The monastery had the exclusive right to produce it throughout its vast estate. On the sign at the wall is mentioned that the brewery produced approx. 220.00 litres per year in 18th century, 260 litres per person. They...

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Rottenbuch Restaurants

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    After my visit to Rottenbuch’s church and the monastery ground I was in desperate need of a coffee and Café am Tor served my need very well. I still wish that I wouldn’t have had that much for breakfast in the morning to be able to eat a piece of their delicious homemade cake. But... the fresh eggs and bread rolls and milk I got every morning at Scholderhof left no room. So I only had my coffee, Latte Macchiato to be precise, for 2,80 €. It was warm so I could sit outside on the terrace which is shielded from the street with a little fence. It was a very cosy atmosphere here with the sun, the grass, the flowers, the sun parasols. Later during my stay I wanted to come again, but it was closed. But there will be a next time for me! Their menu is for download.

    The café is being called Kunstcafé (art café), because the owners have special exhibitions of local artists from time to time. This seems to reflect also their nose-powder-room philosophy: the lid of the toilet was very much artistic (see photo).

    50 seats are available inside and 60 seats on the terrace.
    Opening hours:
    Mondays: 8:00 – 20:30, Thursdays & Sundays: 8:00 – 22:00, Fridays & Saturdays: 8:00 – 23:00. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays unless these days are holidays. [I still don’t understand why it was closed on my last day in the region, a Saturday late afternoon when I was trying to get something to eat.]

    Location of Café am Tor on Google Maps.

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

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Rottenbuch Transportation

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    by Trekki Updated Sep 21, 2013

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    I was here by car and didn’t have to worry about public transport. Nevertheless, Rottenbuch is conveniently located at federal road B23 which leads north from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberammergau and Ettal, and not far away from federal road B17 from Füssen and Neuschwanstein Castle to the northeast. This means that public transport is quite convenient.

    Train:
    Rottenbuch does not have a train station, but the nearby towns of Weilheim and Schongau do have and are connected to Munich. All these have bus connections to Rottenbuch. Have a look at Pfaffenwinkel’s ”Getting around” page: on the right hand side is the network for download (trains and busses).

    Busses:
    Bavaria’s “Bayern Fahrplan” has an excellent interactive websitewhere you look up trips. However, this is covering all Bavaria, so maybe the several bus lines listed on the so-called RVO Weilheim part of Deutsche Bahn website
    will give better information. (Regionalverkehr Oberbayern = regional service Oberbabyern). The bus lines are linked to individual new sites with pdf download of the respective schedules.

    Here is the schedule of bus line no 9822, which runs between Steingaden and Schongau with stop in Rottenbuch.
    The other option is bus line no 9651, which runs between Weilheim and Füssen (near Neuschwanstein Castle).

    If you come by car, there is a big car park area just south Rottenbuch. It is free of charge and from there it is a short walk to the former monastery ground.

    Location of Rottenbuch’s car park on Google Maps.

    © Ingrid D., November 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.) Update, September 2013: bus website links exchanged.

    This is the end of my description of Rottenbuch and surroundings. Thanks for having followed my tour. If you wish, please return to my => Intro page

    Car park in the front :)
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Rottenbuch Local Customs

  • "The Kini": still loved in Bavaria :-)

    Next to Cafe am Hof I saw this beautiful relief of Bavaria’s much loved late King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the one who had built his castle Neuschwanstein and the others Herrencheimsee and Linderhof. I think he is one of the best known “Germans” anywhere on the planet with millions of foreigners visiting his castles every year. He is often also called...

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  • Fascinating special crosses: Arma...

    These kinds of crosses are very much typical for regions where Catholic religion has a prominent place in the hearts and life of the locals. Well, crosses with crucified Christ are very abundant in Bavaria anyhow, but these ones are special. They are being called Arma Christi crosses and show not only Christ but also symbolising incidents and...

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  • Bavarian house frescoes: “Lüftlmalerei”

    This kind of painting on houses is very much typical for Bavaria. It is being called Lüft’lmalerei (something like air painting, although I have read that Lüft’l, usually Bavarian dialect for air, is actually coming from the house called Zum Lüftel in Oberammergau, where a famous façade painter lived and worked). These house paintings are...

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Rottenbuch Favorites

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    Favorite thing: Similar like in Steingaden the tourist responsibles did a lot to make the former monastery ground and buildings visible to the visitors. Each of the houses which were part of the complex has a sign on the wall where the building’s relevance in the past and its use today is explained, each with the whole monastery ground map. It is called Klosterrundweg (monastery round tour or path) and on the walkway from car park to the gatehouse is a bigger sign with more explanations about history of the monastery and the complex at the end of 18th century (just before secularisation – 1803 - which abolished the monasteries in Bavaria and elsewhere in Germany) and a suggested walking tour. Here is also a map of Rottenbuch and surroundings, on which I found the exact location of the pestilence cemetery outside of town (see to-do section). The round tour and more information about the monastery are available for download on Rottenbuch’s website, albeit all in German:
    Rottenbucher Klosterrundweg = monastery round tour, 18 pages with details about each building,
    Plan Klosterrundweg = map monastery round tour, 1 page (easy to understand for non-German speakers),
    Flyer Klosterrundweg = flyer of monastery round tour with historical details, 2 pages.

    The website of Rottenbuch is excellent! It is very much detailed and with a lot of brochures and leaflets for download, especially in the “leisure” section (hiking, cycling, summer and winter specials, museums, concerts etc). Sadly it is available only in German. But I am willing to help with translations and further information that is available there for anyone who has serious interest to stay here. Just send me an internal mail through VT.

    Location of the main sign and explanation board on Google Maps.

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

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    The walkway to the monastery ground in October :) History of the monastery Map of Rottenbuch and surroundings Example of the signs at the buildings
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