On the Way to the Allgäu
Posted on December 25, 2014
From Oberammergau, where we had stayed for a week, we expected to have a leisurely one hour drive from the Garmisch-Partenkirchen district to our next destination in the Algäu, to the town of Pfronten. We know from past experience that many interesting diversions lay in wait every few miles or so along the way.
First, we had to traverse a very imposing bridge that would make life difficult if it were not there. Then not far down the road, we found a sign pointing to the outstanding Rococo Wies pilgramige church, Wieskirche. We couldn’t resist stopping there to renew old memories.
We proceeded down the road a piece until we found another sign pointing to a Christmas market in the village of Steingaden, population 2700. We found parking near the tithing barn and went inside, turning off the road at the Maypole.
Across the street in the massive, beautiful building was a display of traditionally decorated trees. We took a good look and enjoyed coffee and homemade pastries there while an ensemble played seasonal music on traditional instruments. For sure, we were having a good time.
We thought this was it and were about to go to our car when we saw action across the highway in the main part of town, as it turned out. Santa was about to deliver treats to all the good boys and girls of the town.
Santa (actually St. Nicholas) doles out treats while the youth band plays for the crowds.
St. Nicholas, or Weihnachtsmann, in parts of Germany has a scary assistant named Krampus who accompanies him. Here he is with the dark locks.
Wandering around amongst the town folk, I couldn’t resist capturing some interesting characters and winter wear.
Now we must speed along to Pfronten because our hostess is expecting us to arrive before dark.