Oberstdorf and its sights: Mountains, a ski jump, a local museum and Allgäu delicacies
Oberstdorf rings a bell! Of course, the market town in Oberallgäu is world-famous thanks to winter sports. But there's not only something to do here in the cold season ... Discover Oberstdorf and its sights!
Oberstdorf is famous thanks to the Four Hills Tournament. It is here that one of the four ski jumps is enthroned, on which Sven Hannawald won his first of four jumps in the 50th Four Hills Tournament in 2001/2002. With four victories, he broke the myth that you can only win three jumps. But Oberstdorf has so much more to offer than winter sports. We introduce you once again to the varied tourist magnet Oberstdorf with its sights.
Arrive and switch on the relaxation mode
You can reach this pretty spot in the south of Bavaria comfortably with the regional trains of the Deutsche Bahn. From Munich it takes two and a half hours, from Nuremberg a good three. The railway station is located in the centre of the market town, so all distances are pleasantly short from here on. The relaxation mode even starts before you arrive, as you pass through the beautiful Allgäu region, criss-crossed by numerous mountains and lakes, which are also lovely destinations for excursions around Oberstdorf.
To Dos in town
When you get off the train at the station, the first Oberstdorf sight and a real eye-catcher is waiting for you: pay a visit to the "Wilder Mändle" statue. In popular belief, the "Wild Man" is a kind of primitive man close to nature who lived in the rough mountain and forest areas of the mountains. Even today, the traditional Wilde-Mändle dance is performed in Oberstdorf every five years.
Now follow the main road south for 10 minutes on foot and you can't miss the Oberstdorf Haus in the town centre. Here you can get all the information you need for your perfect day of excursions and Oberstdorf sightseeing - whether in the mountains or in the valley.
If you prefer to stay in the valley, set off on a discovery tour in the old town. We have picked out three Oberstdorf sights for you, each of which is only a five-minute walk away from the other. From the Oberstdorf Haus it is only a stone's throw to the local history museum. In this old farmhouse from the 17th century you can dive deep into history and also marvel at the world's largest ski boot (shoe size 480!). Continue on to the church of St. Johannes Baptist, which belongs to Germany's southernmost parish. And now for a touch of art: on to Villa Jauss! In this wooden house, built in Tuscan style, you will find art for every taste.
If you want to spend the day in Oberstdorf's beautiful nature, pack your hiking boots and enjoy a tour with a unique view. The municipality offers a great selection of hiking experiences on its website. Take one of the four mountain railways up to the top. Up there, you can also visit one of the rustic alps (Almen) that produce the original Allgäu mountain cheese. The term "Allgäu mountain cheese" is even protected. It may only be produced in certain regions. A real must-see and excursion destination near Oberstdorf is of course the breathtaking Breitachklamm gorge, although it takes a good hour to get there from the town centre. The famous ski jump in the Audi Arena is only a 20-minute walk away.
Allgäu specialities - hearty and tasty
The Allgäu is a special corner of Bavaria and therefore serves up its very own traditional delicacies. Typical Allgäu specialities include Kasspatzn, Krautkrapfen and, of course, spicy mountain cheese from the many family-run small businesses. For an enjoyable "Einkehrschwung", we recommend Das Jagdhaus in the village (Ludwigstraße 13, around the corner from the local history museum) or, of course, one of the rustic alpine inns in the mountains. You can store your Allgäu day in your personal picture memory on the return journey by train. To get to the station from the town centre, it's easy on foot, following the main street from the market square.
An Eldorado for those who love exercise, an oasis of peace for those seeking relaxation - if you only associate Oberstdorf with winter sports, you are missing out on a whole host of beautiful sights and excursion destinations.
Plan your next trip to Oberstdorf with the "Audio Guides" . In the Oberstdorf episode, actor Paul Sedlmeier guides you through the natural paradise in the Allgäu. Listen now!
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