In my humble opinion the most charming town gate of Schongau is Frauentor (women’s gate) in the east. The reason why I liked it so much was because I walked through it, coming from the car park, and this walk uphill gave me a good impression of how high the old town is located. And I also could imagine myself being centuries back when the majority...more
Only three of Schongau’s former town gates are still in place. One of them is the so-called Münztor (mint gate), from where the main street Münzstraße leads directly to the main square Marienplatz. Mint, because Schongau received the town rights early and this usually involved the right to mint coins. The beautiful yellow building next to it was...more
The travel books say that Schongau's town wall is the only completely preserved circular town wall ... south of Danube River. [Well, famous Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber is north of Danube River.] The oldest parts of the wall are from 13th century. I liked it a lot although it is not completely walkable. But it is somehow the perfect oval shaped...more
To be honest I don’t know what I have expected before visiting Schongau’s parish church Maria Himmelfahrt. The days before and this day I had seen already many marvellous gems of churches such as Steingaden’s Welfenmünster, UNESCO listed Wies Church, Rottenbuch’s splendid former monastery church and the charming small churches of Sachsenried and...more
Schongau is an ideal base to explore the many Rococo and Baroque churches in this Bavarian region of Pfaffenwinkel. And there is one Romanesque church very close by. The ones in easy reach of Schongau are:Steingaden with famous Wies Church nearby and a marvellous old monastery church (18 km to the south),Rottenbuch, with former monastery (16 km to...more
On my way from the main square to the entrance oft the town wall walk I passed the so-called Steingadener Richterhaus of 1493 (something like Steingaden justice house). This once belonged to Steingaden’s monastery. It was home to the town chronicler in early 19th century. But I didn’t find any explanation as of why just this house belonged to the...more
During my visit to Schongau I passed this beautiful house and given its marvellous location at the main square Marienplatz and the delicious menu with Mediterranean specialities, especially salads, I knew it was my place to stop by for a snack. I was not disappointed. I chose the “Salat Ballenhaus” with tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese, olives and bell peppers and with balsamico dressing (7,80 Euro). It was delicious and I could easily have eaten other dishes if I would have been longer in town. They also have sandwiches, pasta, burgers, pizza, Schnitzel and other pork dishes, each less than 10 Euro, which I found very reasonable. And they serve a breakfast in different varieties.
The house itself is also interesting. Built in 1419 and expanded a century later it was once the storage house for all the goods which were transported through Schongau.
The restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from 9 in the morning until 1 a.m. in the night and Sundays from 10 in the morning until 1 a.m. in the night. Credit cards accepted. And seating outside provided. Although it was a bit chilly when I stopped here at 4 p.m. in the afternoon (early October). The sun was already gone.
Location of Ballenhaus on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., December 2011.
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For everyone who likes to stay in small towns rather than in big cities or very small rural hamlets during a visit, Schongau is an ideal base for visiting Pfaffenwinkel, Bavaria’s region with the highest density of fine Baroque and Rococo churches. Schongau also has a train station with frequent connections to and from Munich and quite a few bus lines stop in Schongau. In general I’d say that getting TO Schongau is best by train and getting around to the several smaller towns and villages is best by bus or, in case of Peißenberg and Hohenpeißenberg, by train.
Schongau’s train station is east of the old town centre. Trains from Munich via Weilheim stop here on the way to Landsberg (at Lech river). Have a look at Pfaffenwinkel’s ”Getting around” page: on the right hand side is the bus and train network for download (trains and busses).
In case you want to visit places south or west from Schongau, for example Rottenbuch, Steingaden, Altenstadt, Schwabsoien, Sachsenried or Ingenried, the bus is the best alternative. Have a look at the bus network of RVO Weilheim on Deutsche Bahn website (Regionalverkehr Oberbayern = regional service Oberbabyern). The bus lines are linked to individual new sites with pdf download of the respective schedules. The most appropriate busses are:
9659 circling between Schongau, Schwabniederhofen, Hohenfurch and Altenstadt,
9657 circling between Schongau, Sachsenried and Schwabsoien,
9822 circling between Schongau, Rottenbuch and Steingaden (and Wies Church),
9821 circling between Schongau and Steingaden (western route, nos top in Rottenbuch),
9656 circling between Schongau and Weilheim with stops in Peiting, Peißenberg and Hohenpeißenberg.
For the world famous places of Neuschwanstein Castle, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Ettal and Oberammergau there is bus no. 9606, which runs between Füssen and Garmisch Partenkirchen with stops in Ettal, Oberammergau, Steingaden, Wies Church and Eschelsbacher Brücke. The latter stop is the one which has connection to and from Schongau.
Schongau town bus:
There is also a convenient town bus in Schongau which travels to the outer parts of town and has two stops in the old town centre as well as one at the train station:
bus tickets and prices (Erwachsener = adult: 1,30 Euro for a single ticket and 2 Euro for a day ticket, Jugendliche = kids from 6-17 years: 0,90 Euro for a single ticket and 1,20 Euro for a day ticket, Familientageskarte = family day ticket: 4 Euro;
map and schedule (for download)
In case you come by car, there is a free parking area west of town. It only takes approximately 10 minutes walking slightly uphill to reach the old town centre.
Location of the free parking area of Schongau on Google Maps.
Location of Schongau’s train station on Google Maps.
© Ingrid D., December 2011 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.), updates June 2013: bus and train links adjusted.
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Haha, yes, life saving figuratively. I have to mention this although it sounds silly. When I visited this part of Bavaria it was a beautiful sunny early October time (2011) and I had packed only summer things. But then it was clear that cold weather would be on its way and to my horror I realised that I simply didn’t have any piece that would warm...more
The ones who know me might know that the “diamonds are the girls best friends” thing was certainly not invented for me. I simply don’t care and in the rare moments I look for these things I prefer jewellery that is out of the norm. When I was on my way to the Tchibo store, I passed the shop of goldsmith Hans-Otto Schmid. Just by chance I looked...more
Opposite of the church St. Sebastian, the one where I took the photos of the town wall with red autumn leaves, is an interesting fountain. Now I don’t intend to blow up my pages with photos and tips about each fountain I find in a town. But this one is special, because it is related to a very much local customs of Bavaria, the so-called...more
Inside of Schongau’s church Maria Himmelfahrt I noticed beautifully carved objects left and right of the benches. When I looked more closely I saw little icons below the saint statues and immediately knew that these were relating to guilds. And yes, when I looked into the little book I had bought at the entrance I saw it confirmed: these are guild...more
The Venetians in Schongau is an annual party which is celebrated on August. This party remembers the glory of the town in the past when it was an important commercial center on the routs that connected Germany with Italy. The party is characterized by people in the typical Bavarian customs, music and beer.more
Already before I visited Schongau I have read that it is something the centre of Pfaffenwinkel, Bavaria’s region with the highest density of fine Baroque and Rococo churches. So it was logical that I wanted to find the tourist information and see if they have additional information material I could use to better understand what I was seeing and...more
When I visited Schongau I approached it from the west and just after I have left B17 (federal street 17) and drove downhill on street ST2014 I saw a beautiful image of the town. Luckily there was a small lay-by in the street bend so I could stop for a photo. I only had to walk up a few stairs to get to the best position for the photos. These are...more