Florian Weidlich from Rosenheim designs elaborate jewelry and clothing for his label Mamma Bavaria in Riedering. He draws inspiration from his homeland - from the mountains and lakes where he loves to spend his free time. He wants to create a piece of Bavaria to take with him. His summit crosses are the best symbol for this: on the one hand, they stand for the most beautiful mountains in the region, and on the other hand, for achieving one's goals in life. Here he tells us what his perfect weekend in and around his home town of Rosenheim looks like.
On the doorstep Chiemsee and Simssee, in the background the Chiemgau Alps: In Rosenheim and surroundings, there is so much to do, a weekend is not enough. At Lake Chiemsee alone, I could spend days going back and forth between the three islands with my SUP and watching the steamers and sailboats come and go. It's most beautiful in the summer. "Alle san guad drauf", as we say in Bavarian, and snacks and beer taste best on the mountain tops or by the lake anyway. But if it really is just to be a weekend, then I would arrange it like this:
The best place to stop today is at the Gocklwirt on the beautiful Simssee. The cuisine is a culinary highlight in the region. The innkeepers are the Huber family, and they take touching care of all their guests' wishes. Beware, at the Gocklwirt they cook so fantastically that it won't stop at the one visit. My favorite is the Wiener Schnitzel - damn, is that good! While waiting for your meal, you can marvel at the world's largest art clock: a fully functioning clock, five meters wide and three meters high, weighing 1,250 kilograms. And after the meal, there's still a digestive walk at the Simssee.
Today we're going to the mountains and the water, so I recommend a good breakfast at Café Flower Power at the Grüner Markt in Rosenheim. Be sure to order the crispy waffles, which are available sweet and savory, and of course the best coffee in town, expertly prepared by Sebastian, a trained barista.
From the many lakes around Rosenheim the Bichlersee is the most beautiful for me. It's near Oberaudorf, about three quarters of an hour's drive from Rosenheim. The small lake is beautifully quiet, in the middle of the mountain forests and is perfect for swimming. In fact, since it's so small, it warms up quickly. And although it's only a 15-minute walk from the Gasthof Bichlersee, you feel like you're far away.
If it should rather be a hike: On the Samerberg and in the Hochries area you can go many also uncomplicated tours. The tour to the Kranzberg is particularly worthwhile. It's right on the border with Austria, and there are two crosses on the summit - one for Bavaria, one for Austria. And there's always a good snack to be had at the many alpine pastures in the area.
If you return from your nature tour before 8:00 p.m., check in with Lars Moser at Restaurant Moser in Rosenheim pure. Here you get Mediterranean-Alpine cuisine served with seasonal products from the region. Here you can end your evening comfortably.
Finally, there is a mixture of nature and culture - it goes to the Chiemsee to the castle Herrenchiemsee and on the Fraueninsel. Depending on how long you have enjoyed your meal at Lars Moser's restaurant, you can take the stand-up board or the ferry.
I personally love to be out on the Chiemsee with the SUP. The trip to Herrenchiemsee, Kraut Island and Fraueninsel is one of my favorite routes. I have christened it the "King Ludwig Tour". It's a total of eight kilometers. If then also the ship "Ludwig Fessler" is on the way and gscheid waves, then it is really fun on the SUP. With the board, I need two hours for the tour; but for the sightseeing of Herreninsel and the royal castle, you should plan at least another two hours.
If you are wondering how you can best fortify yourself during your tour: of course with freshly smoked Chiemsee mullet and other fish directly from the lake! Smoked is around the Chiemsee. I like the fish sandwiches from the Lex family on Fraueninsel best of all.
Oh yes: You can rent your SUP board from Schraml directly in the Prien district of Stock. Or at the small kiosk at the Urfahrn parking lot.
If, on the other hand, you want to take a more relaxed approach to the day, simply take the boat to the islands. The relaxed crossing from Prien to Herrenchiemsee takes about 20 minutes, from Herreninsel to Fraueninsel it is only 10 minutes.
This is how you get to Rosenheim by train: Plan arrival.
Cover image: © www.bayern.by - Peter von Felbert
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