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Coat of arms Grafenau

Grafenau is a nice little town located in the Bavarian Forest.
It's coat of arms show a bear and bears are used everywhere for advertising.
You must not be afraid to have an unpleasant encounter when you go hiking. They are not any longer roaming the surrounding forest. You must ask the tourist office where you can see them safely in a protected area.
The "Maibaum" - that is the painted post is typical for many Bavarian villages. It is always an event with music and beer after it is erected. Sometimes the younger men from one community steal it from a neighboring one before it is put in place. Another party with beer is the outcome. So it is fun.
At the end of this site I installed a link to a video which shows this even - but not in Grafenau.
Downtown Grafenau

Grafenau - many thanks to "Aconcagua" and Wikipedia

The old city hall from the 16th century had been destroyed a few times by fire but had been re built. It is now used for the administration of the national park.

A fountain dedicated to the trade - many thanks to "Oliver Abels" and Wikipedia

Many thanks to "MdE" and Wikipedia
Many thanks to "MdE" and Wikipedia

Stroll through the old town and do some sightseeing, sit down and relax with a coffee or a cold drink. Stop at one of the museums. If you want to learn more about snuff - here is a museum dedicated to this habit. Naturally Elizabeth could not say no when somebody offered it to her during an event in Zorneding. She got tears in her eyes from it and me from laughing and feeling sorry about her. Try it instead of smoking - it cleans you out!

The "Snuff Museum"
The "Bauernhausmuseum"

One of the most unique museums is the "Bauernhausmuseum" (farm house museum). It consists of two old farm houses. You will find beautiful examples of painted country furniture there.
Just drive - or better - walk around and you will find some eye catchers. Don't hesitate to enter some of the churches. They are normally always open. Visit little stores and browse around.

Watch the video "Maibaum aufstellen in Gmunden 2007 ":

Many thanks for pictures to the Tourist Board of Bavaria and involved communities

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