Schloß Neubeuern: A fairy tale castle in the Alps near the Bavarian/Austrian border

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This week I would like to introduce you to the Bavarian market village of Neubeuern with its impressive castle or schloss (Schloß Neubeuern). Neubeuern is a particularly picturesque village and was voted as Germany’s most beautiful village in 1981. The village is built around a hill, which has an amazing back-drop of the Austrian/German Alps. I have a particular affiliation with Schloß Neubeuern because my son, Pascal, went to the Gymnasium (Grammar school) there. This is a well-known German mixed-sex boarding school and being based in a castle has something of a ‘Hogwarts‘ feel to it. Any young ‘Harry Potter‘ fan will not need to be asked twice to become a student there!

Pascal jumped at the opportunity to leave home for the Neubeuern castle at the age of 12. Coincidentally his brother Alex, 6 years earlier, had attended another castle school, Schloß Traunsee, in the Austrian Lake district – I will try to feature this in a forthcoming article. OK so J.K. Rowling may have had a titsy bit of influence on the selection of the boy’s educational establishments. I featured the boys in last week’s blog which can be found here).

Let me explain where Schloß Neubeuern is. The castle sits upon a hill which is surrounded by the pretty village of Neubeuern in the south of Bavaria not far from the border which leads into the Austrian Tyrol. It lies about half way between Munich and Salzburg. Here is the Google map which you can expand to find the nearest Autobahns and Towns:

Driving from my weekend retreat I crossed over the river Inn on the short journey from Bad Feilnbach to Neubeuern. The river Inn runs parallel to the Inntall Autobahn which is one of the key transit routes through the Alps between Bavaria and Italy.

View of Austrian Alps from bridge near the Inntal autobahn over river Inn

View of Austrian Alps from bridge near the Inntal autobahn over river Inn

Wherever you travel in this region you are not far from staggering alpine views.

View of Austrian Alps from the river Inn on the way to Schloss Neubeuern

View of Austrian Alps from the river Inn on the way to Schloss Neubeuern

Some of the best views of the castle ‘Schloß Neubeuern’ can be enjoyed by driving towards Neubeuern from the Austrian direction. It stands proud at the top of its own hill surrounded by the immediate countryside which is relatively flat. All of my photographs are prepared in high-definition so if you would like to see more detail just click your mouse with the cursor over the picture. After viewing the photograph use the backward arrow on your search machine to return to this article.

View of Schloss Neubeuern coming from the Austrian border

View of Schloss Neubeuern coming from the Austrian border

In order to enter the village square at Neubeuern you must drive through one of two villages gates or ‘Tors‘. This only allow traffic to pass in one direction at a time so drive slowly. These small gates ensure that large lorries do not enter into the village square.

One of the two gateways (Tors) leading into the historical market village of Neubeuern in Bavaria

One of the two gateways (Tors) leading into the historical market village of Neubeuern in Bavaria

As soon as you enter the gate you will be struck by the impressive old buildings with their colourful Frescos.

House with impressive wall paintings just inside the gate leading to Neubeuern village (southern Bavaria)

House with impressive wall paintings just inside the gate leading to Neubeuern village (southern Bavaria)

Once you arrive at the market square you get a view of the castle towering over the village. It is possible to park in the square and the town council is currently considering how they can increase the number of parking spaces. This has caused quite a heated debate because one of the proposals would involve removing two old trees from the square; an issue that has divided the residents of the village. If you would like to read more (in German) about this subject a local press article can be found here (don’t let it be said that http://www.ChrisDuggleby.com doesn’t bring issues of major environmental importance to the World stage!).

View of the square of Neubeuern market village overlooked by the castle or schloss

View of the square of Neubeuern market village overlooked by the castle or schloss

From the market square you can get a close up view of the beautiful hanging gardens which flow down the cliff face from Schloß Neubeuern to the village.

Schloss Neubeuern with its beautiful hanging gardens as seen from the market village square

Schloss Neubeuern with its beautiful hanging gardens as seen from the market village square

The colours of the hanging gardens are complemented by the well stocked window boxes of the many individually painted buildings below.

The pretty hanging baskets match the colour from Schloss Neubeuern's hanging gardens

The pretty hanging baskets match the colour from Schloss Neubeuern’s hanging gardens

Even the buildings without flower baskets are artistically painted. Some of the paintings depict historical events or stories like the one below.

Many of the Neubeuern buildings have interesting frescos

Many of the Neubeuern buildings have interesting frescos

At the opposite side of the square to the castle is the village church. In addition, the castle has its own church which is also worth a visit. This ‘Schlosskapelle St. Augustin‘ has fine examples of Bavarian late Baroque Rococo architecture. If you would like to see a 360 degree sight-seeing tour of the schloss and the staggering sights from its grounds please visit the interactive tour from the school’s website which can be found here. (it can take a while to load!)

The Neubeuern village church sits at the opposite side of the square to the schloss

The Neubeuern village church sits at the opposite side of the square to the schloss

Just to the back of the church you will find a couple of the village’s picturesque restaurants. Many of the restaurants have garden terraces which allow customers to enjoy the amazing sights of the mountains and local countryside.

In between Neubeuern's many picturesque cafes and restaurants you can catch glimpses of the Alps

In between Neubeuern’s many picturesque cafes and restaurants you can catch glimpses of the Alps

Turning the corner I discover yet another pretty restaurant in Neubeuern

Turning the corner I discover yet another pretty restaurant in Neubeuern

All around the village it is possible to catch views of the Alps which provide the perfect back-drop to this scenic masterpiece.

Take a look at the Alpine backdrop: In 1981 Neubeuern was elected as Germany's most beautiful village

Take a look at the Alpine backdrop: In 1981 Neubeuern was elected as Germany’s most beautiful village

It is difficult to find a building without pretty hanging baskets and impressive fresco work.

Next to the church another ornate Neubeuern building in bloom

Next to the church another ornate Neubeuern building in bloom

The next one is one of my favourites.

Anyone surprised why Neubeuern was voted as Germany's most beautiful village?

Anyone surprised why Neubeuern was voted as Germany’s most beautiful village?

After a great day enjoying one of Germany’s most beautiful villages I departed through the old village gate, but not before sampling some of the delights from the village baker.

Neubeuern's village baker with beautiful frescos next to one of the village gates

Neubeuern’s village baker with beautiful frescos next to one of the village gates

In my view Neubeuern with its Schloß is well worth a visit and I will certainly be coming back. I hope you like the pictures and please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any suggestions or recommendations using the comments box below.

Chris Duggleby.

Close up full-frontal view of Schloss Neubeuern from the direction of the Austrian Tyrol

Close up full-frontal view of Schloss Neubeuern from the direction of the Austrian Tyrol

If you are interested in other scenic articles I have prepared from the Alpine countryside please take a look at the following photo-blogs:

here (Spitzingsee or Spitzing Lake in the Bavarian Alps)

here (Bavarian Schwarzenberg or the Black Mountain in the Voralpen region)

here (Thiersee or Lake Thier in the Austrian Tyrol)

here (Bayrischzell: a Bavarian village with an impressive background), and

here (Achensee or Lake Achen: The largest lake in the Austrian Tyrol and one of its best kept secrets)

Alternatively you might like to read some of my interesting reviews of interesting news items taken from the local press (some with a touch of humour). To see these simply click over the titles below:

18th March 2014: Germany and Finland Joint Investigation: New Case of Sexual Cannibalism Including Self-mutilation (Castration) During Intercourse.

7th March 2014: Invasive Alien Species (IAS) Discovered in France – Potential for European Ecosystem Disaster

4th March 2014: 30,000 Year old giant virus found in the Siberian Permafrost and ‘resurrected’ – it is still infectious!

2nd March 2014: Wolves are better at learning from their ‘pals’ than dogs.Through domestication dogs have lost a capability that is key to success in the wild.

24th February 2014: NAZI Research into the use of Mosquitoes as Biological Weapons to Infect Allied Troops with Malaria.

24th February 2014: Ant Wars: Crazy Ants deploy Chemical Warfare against Poisonous Fire Ants and their Amphibious Craft.

9th March 2013: Insects getting hooked on psychoactive drugs – How plants take advantage of bees by giving them a caffeine buzz.

29th December 2012: Spreading diarrhea and vomit through the washing machine – The Norovirus propagator in our kitchen. 

23rd December 2012: Lower Saxony puts naked winter sports event on ice for safety reasons following massive popularity of undressed ladies on sledges and fears of over exposure. 

18th August 2012: How Bavarians and Austrians use their middle finger – Fingerhakeln: a men-only sport (did Arnold Schwarzenegger start training this way?).

4th August 2012: Alpine Cows are Fined 100 Euros by Judge for Ringing their Cow-bells too Loud (Steiermark Kuhglockenstraffe: die Kirchenglocken zunächst?)

28th July 2012: Naked Night Swimming in the Lakes Around Munich (costumes and towels are for wimps!)

28th July 2012: Naked In-line Skating in Dachau (Is this Germany’s Preparation for a new Olympic Event? – Watch out Beach Volleyball!)

7th July 2012: Sexual Equality in the Black Forest town of Triberg: Men only parking spaces.

If you find these articles interesting why not visit the contents list of my Alpine Press page and take a look at some of the other reviews, just click on the link here.

Now prepare for an uplifting experience! 

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