A stroll through my childhood
Bad Aibling Travel Blog› entry 27 of 28 › view all entries
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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.