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Explore the Aichach-Friedberg Region Bavaria, Swabia Germany, Tourism, Travel Guide
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In parts of this region we heard a different dialect to that which was spoken in Upper Bavaria.
Unfortunately, we only took a few trips to this region because Elizabeth wanted to see "her" beloved mountains and the lakes. So I put it a little bit on the back burner and suddenly we were back in Canada.
I was aware that there is so much to explore and to see. Especially much evidence of the "Wittelsbacher" who ruled Bavaria between 1180 and 1918.
There are castles, churches, monuments and museums which have been built by them or are dedicated to members of their family.
When you travel through this region you also will see many signs of the religiousness in the past. Pilgrims came to villages such as Inchenhofen, Sielenbach, Schmiechen etc.
"Kloster Maria Birnbaum" - many thanks to "TPO" and Wikipedia
We discovered this monastery in Sielenbach when we were driving along a little creek called the "Ecknach" on our way to Adelzhausen were we wanted to visit a former colleague from me.
We learned that the church was built around the middle of the 17th century. The proper German name of this pilgrimage church is "Unserer Lieben Frau im Birnbaum".
This name is based on a legend. When Swedish soldiers damaged a painting of the virgin Maria and dumped it in a pond a shepherd rescued it and put it in a hollow pear tree (Birnbaum).
Soon after he had done this mysterious healing occurred and pilgrims came to the tree hoping also for a wonder. Then the church was built around the tree who died after that, but remains can still be seen.
Pilgrims and normal visitor are still coming. There is even a restaurant now as well as a souvenir shop.
Willprechtszell (part of Petersdorf) - many thanks to "Django_il_bastardo" and Wikipedia
Inchenhofen with the church "St. Leonhard", the destination of many of pilgrims
We wanted to go to one of the open air performances in the ruins of the castle Schiltberg which are mostly related to historical events. We loved that in Kaltenbach but returning to Canada had a higher priority. So we visited many events in Fort Erie.
The same happened with some castles which we missed. We never made it to Unterwittelsbach, Haslangkreit, Affing, Pöttmes, Scherneck, Hofhegnenberg and Mering.
Please do this if you are interested also more pilgrimage churches can be visited.
Just ask at any tourist office for details.
The village with the name Kissing raised our attention because in Canada we were surrounded by some "kissing places".
We did not dig into the history of this community which was widely affected by religious leaders.
We also did not dare to ask wether there is any special "kissing spot".
Many people who work in nearby Augsburg settled here in the last decades. Also industry can be found here. Only parts of Kissing show still the old expected character. It is more or less a modern suburban today.
Kissing (name of the village), little chapel (Burgstallkapelle)
Many thanks for pictures to the Tourist Board of Bavaria and involved communities
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