Sachsenried Travel Guide

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    Sachsenried and St. Martin Church
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    Sachsenried from the little picnic area
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    by Trekki Updated Aug 4, 2013

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    When you leave the church, make sure you walk around on the cemetery. I only realised it when I read the information inside the church, otherwise I would have missed this marvellous collection of old wrought iron crosses around the church. The majority of them are not marking graves but have been collected by one of the former priests. I don’t know what happened to the graves as such or where he had collected them, but I assume that they come from a cemetery which was enlarged and the crosses didn’t have their space anymore. In total there are 60 crosses. On the southern side of the church are some of these crosses which are on the graves of the former priests. The others are mounted around the church and behind these is a small part of the cemetery where other old crosses have been set into the ground.

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    Location of the cemetery of St. Martin on Google Maps.

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    This tiny little church is being called Baroque gem of Pfaffenwinkel and I am really glad that I drove to Sachsenried to visit it. It is very small, has only one nave but the inside, as far as I could see it from behind the iron fence, is beautiful. White walls, sparsely stucco work, small round medallions with frescoes of patron St. Martin and Virgin Mary. With the fence I couldn’t take close-up photos, but on the website I have linked below are clickable photos on the right side which show two of the major frescoes. This fence is the only downside, but I fully understand why they have put it up; the wooden statues of the saints are surely of value.

    The church was built early 13th century and belonged to former Füssen Monastery for quite a long time. In the little entrance hall are some information boards, although all in German. Unfortunately there was no little book with detailed information about the church for sale (as it is the case in every other church I have visited during this trip). There is also a big sand stone relief of church patron St. Martin on the wall of the hall.

    Location of St. Matrin church on Google Maps.

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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 each other. 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 Sachsenried are:
    Rottenbuch with a fascinating former monastery (25 km to the southeast),
    Schongau town and church Maria Himmelfahrt (10 km to the east),
    Hohenfurch with church Maria Himmelfahrt (10 km to the east),
    Altenstadt with the Romanesque Basilica St. Michael (7 km to the east),
    Steingaden with Wies Church and the marvellous former monastery church in the town of Steingaden (25 km to the southeast).

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Sachsenried Transportation

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    Sachsenried from the little picnic area

    by Trekki Updated Sep 21, 2013

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    I was here by car, so it was just a short drive from Altenstadt/Schongau/Steingaden to this little village in the western part of Pfaffenwinkel. But given the excellent public transport system in Bavaria, it is easily accessible via a combination of train and bus.

    Train:
    Sachsenried does not have a train station, but the nearest towns of Weilheim and Schongau do have and are connected to Munich. But only Schongau has a direct bus connection to Sachsenried. Have a look at Pfaffenwinkel’s ”Getting around” page: on the right hand side is the network for download (trains and busses). The bus you’ll need is the pink circle No. 9657 on the very left,

    Busses:
    Bus line No 9657 is a circle line between Schongau (bus stop train station), Altenstadt, Sachsenried, Ingenried and back to Altenstadt and Schongau. It runs Monday through Friday plus one bus on Saturday. From Schongau, each of the circle line busses are connected to a train from or to Weilheim, with waiting times less than 10 minutes. First bus leaves Schongau at 12:52 and arrives in Sachsenried at 13:26, so approx. 40 minutes travel time. Sachsenried has three bus stations, but only two are appropriate for visiting the church (the links are the particular bus stop locations on Google Map):
    Gartenweg: cross the street into Gartenweg, continue walking this street (slightly uphill), at the T walk left into Donaustraße, follow this street until you arrive at the church.
    Feuerwehrhaus (which is at the southern part of the village): walk north and follow Hauptstraße, when this street turns left, walk straight into Kirchenweg and the church is there.

    I came by car from Altenstadt via the village of Schwabsoien, on street ST 2014. Between Schwabsoien and Sachsenried is a small picnic area with good photo opportunities of the village (see my photo). In Sachsenried just follow the main route (past the bus station “Gartenweg”) until you arrive in the village. Turn right (north) into Hauptstraße and when this turns left, drive straight ahead into Kirchweg. There is no separate parking lot near the church but you can leave the car in one of the side streets.

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