A stroll through my childhood

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My old school (built in 1900)

My landlords from my new home near Stuttgart were vacationing at Lake Chiemsee and since I was in Bavaria as well, I told them they needed to come and experience my hometown.  They agreed and came on this Friday morning following my directions to my childhood home. They did great and as I spotted them from my mum's balcony I quickly ran downstairs to greet them.  They had their little dog with them. He's quite old and doesn't hear well anymore so we left him in a shady spot in the garden before we set out to stroll through my hometown. My mum felt so bad for him that she decided to stay behind to keep an eye on him. 

So the three of us, me and my landlords, set out to explore town.

Another shot of Maria Himmelfahrt
We parked near the city center on top of the hill by the nice church you see in the pictures. Parking is free if you're not in the lower area of the city. There you can "only" park for free for less than 30 minutes to run your errands.  The mayor is very focused on keeping traffic out of the city. A few years ago they decided to turn the biggest through street into a one way, so now there is less traffic, which is not necessarily better for the shops downtown. You won’t find big chains in Bad Aibling. It’s a small town after all. Population is only about 18,000 people so we don’t have H&M or Karstadt. There are smaller boutiques and stores one needs to keep a somewhat big city rolling.
Maria Himmelfahrt church
Banks, post office, drug stores (there are at least 10 of them) and we recently got our very first Irish Pub. Lol Things are looking up!  There are no McDonalds or Burger Kings either. It’s a “rehabilitation” city, hence the title “Bad” which means spa or bath. 

Back to our walking tour: We took a stroll around my old stomping grounds. The weather was perfect - not too cold, not too hot. Unfortunately my camera died after the first hour. :(  We saw both of my old school buildings which are both still in use for grades one through nine.  We walked passed my Kindergarten which is right next to the big church that you can see from almost anywhere in town, because it’s located on top of the hill. There are old fortress walls surrounding the hill that the church stands on.

The alter - Sat here every beginning and ending of the school year.
I learned about the history of my hometown from 1stgrade on, but the only two things I can truly remember was that the Black Death or plaque rummaged the area and that the town was attacked by Swedish tribes at some point, but the city survived.  

The city center is a huge construction site at the moment.  The mayor and city council decided on building themselves a new and “improved” city hall. Okay, the old one was ugly, but the new one is just…  a joke? It doesn’t fit in the city picture. It’s big and boxy and made out of wood. Yikes.  The tax euro at work. 

We walked around that area, because driving is out of the questions until they are done with fixing both bridges and the city center. I was shocked to see that the fountain in the middle of the center square was gone.

Schloss Planeck
L This was the spot where my husband proposed to me in June of 2005. How sad. I do hope they just keep it somewhere safe and put it back when they’re done remodeling. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad that things are being kept good looking; I just wished they would leave some of the city’s integrity intact.  After the construction viewing we headed toward the park. Bad Aibling has a fairly big park.  In the park you can find tennis courts, volleyball courts, miniature golf, and lots of trails and benches.  The annual Park Fest had been the weekend before and I was surprised to see that the grass areas were still green.  There are a few bird cages with local birds near the Kurhaus (think small convention center for events). There’s a museum there as well.
A memorial
I remember going in there when I was 10 years old. It’s all about local history in there. I doubt any of it is in a foreign language. I’ll have to check it out when I have more time.

We circled back around the way we came from but on a different road. They really enjoyed this fairly old city with the new building surrounding the city center.  There are no sky scrapers or tall building; the tallest buildings are usually the clock towers.  We headed back toward the car and I asked them if they were hungry. They said they could last a little while longer. It was around 1:00pm when we headed to the suburb of Mietraching and the old American base that was closed in 2004. That was where I had met my husband in 2002. We drove through the old base or camp (as we used to call it).

A little chapel
It is sad to see a lot of things had been torn down, but lots of positive changes happened as well.  There are now an open hotel and a private school and lots of apartments for rent and to own.  It was a quick tour of the base; after all, it’s not that big.

They were now ready for some traditional and original Bavarian food and I knew just the place. It’s pretty hard to find something open on a week day in the early to late afternoon, but there is one brewery/beer garden that I knew would be open.  Maxlrain.

Maxlrain is a short drive from Bad Aibling past Mietraching in the north west of town.  The beer garden is big and as it should be surrounded by big chestnut trees.  The menu is mostly Bavarian with some Swabian aspects.

Somebody's home - must be a iron lover. Very nicely renovated.
  They also have fantastic beer and a small castle with the same name in this tiny little “town”.  It’s really just the brewery, the beer garden and restaurant, the castle and a golf club. They enjoyed the food and drink and view and after we headed home to my mum’s.  The dog had been fed by several neighbors by the time we got back. Lol

Landlord took photos too but they're still vacationing, so this far you'll get my pictures. My camera died only 1 hour into the stroll. More to follow. 

 

 

missandrea81 says:
I enjoyed it very much, Ian. I couldn't believe that I had forgotten to bring my spare battery. I could have snapped a lot more picture... This reminds me.. I still have to grab those from my landlord.
Posted on: Oct 27, 2012
Dr_Seuss says:
Nice stroll down memory lane :)
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012
missandrea81 says:
hehe If you're ever in Germany I would love to!
Posted on: Aug 19, 2012
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My old school (built in 1900)
My old school (built in 1900)
Another shot of Maria Himmelfahrt
Another shot of Maria Himmelfahrt
Maria Himmelfahrt church
Maria Himmelfahrt church
The alter - Sat here every beginni…
The alter - Sat here every beginn…
Schloss Planeck
Schloss Planeck
A memorial
A memorial
A little chapel
A little chapel
Somebodys home - must be a iron l…
Somebody's home - must be a iron …
Cross on the side of the church
Cross on the side of the church
Old markers on the outside. Some c…
Old markers on the outside. Some …
Detail
Detail
Shrine to Mary at the door
Shrine to Mary at the door
Shrine to Jesus by the door
Shrine to Jesus by the door
Pews
Pews
The organ
The organ
Ceiling
Ceiling
Another shot of the alter
Another shot of the alter
Another marker this time inside th…
Another marker this time inside t…
My old kindergarten
My old kindergarten
..and the middle school building
..and the middle school building
The playground I used to play on d…
The playground I used to play on …
Another shot of the playground
Another shot of the playground
A little castle tugged away behi…
A little "castle" tugged away beh…
Yet another cross
Yet another cross
The park we used to play in during…
The park we used to play in durin…
The memorial was put in memory of …
The memorial was put in memory of…
Maria Himmelfahrt again
Maria Himmelfahrt again
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photo by: missandrea81