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Viechtach in the Bavarian Forest - many thanks to "Mike aus dem Bayerwald" and Wikipedia
I was looking forward re-visiting Viechtach again with Elizabeth. I hoped that it would not be raining again as it did during our first visit. We wanted to come the following year but we were already back in Canada at this time. Elizabeth was very happy about that because she could see her parents now frequently who lived in Fort Erie.
Using Elizabeth's notes and pictures which I had received from the community and from Wikipedia I try to show you what we experienced in Viechtach and what we had missed.
Viechtach is a small town with a population of a little bit more than 8000. Just the right size for somebody who wants to use his vacations to relax by doing little things such as sightseeing, walking, biking, canoeing on the river "Schwarzer Regen", swimming in summer or winter sport in winter.
Local events should not be ignored. Many of them are not targeting tourists.
We both were surprised when we learned that this area got the name "Bayerisch Kanada" which means Bavarian Canada - thanks.
The so called "Pfahl" or devil's wall
Obviously they did not know that we still miss here real beer gardens - at least in those provinces which we have visited.
The "Pfahl" is quartz rock which runs on a length of approximately 100 km through this area of the Bavarian Forest. It is not visible all the length.
There are some fables about the devil's wall or "Pfahl". I hope that the special exhibition about this rock formation is still open. You will learn more about it and the mystical stories which are hundred of years old.
After Elizabeth became so excited visiting the Provincial Park in Point Pelee in Canada with all the birds, she would certainly also loved to see the local "Vogelpark" (bird park).
Downtown Viechtach - many thanks to "Mike aus dem Bayerwald " and Wikipedia
The town hall - many thanks to "Konrad Lackerbeck" and Wikipedia
You can do your own treatment according to pastor Kneipp in various places- many thanks to "Mike aus dem Bayerwald " and Wikipedia
If it nice and sunny visit the local "Freibad", which is a public swimming pool. Don't get fooled by the word "Frei" which means free. In this case it does nor mean that you can go there for free =- a fee is charged.
An afternoon there, is certainly refreshing and relaxing.
The water is heated and the pool is considered to be one of nicest ones in this area.
I always feel better after some exercises in a pool.
The bird park which we missed
I am confident that except the nature certain things may have changed over the years. But not tradition and having clean fun and "Gemütlichkeit".
At the end of this page I have added a link to a video from an event held by the local fishing club. You must not understand German to follow the presentation.
Try your own little Kneipp treatment just following what you see watching other visitors. It is free and I loved this part which is not asking for any diet.
Watch the video "Fischereiverein Viechtach Fischerfest 2008, BFV e.V. Viechtach ":
Many thanks for pictures to the Tourist Board of Bavaria and involved communities
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