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St. George In Snow - Freising Bavaria Germany
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Beer aficionados and admirers of stunning architecture alike flock to Freising, a quaint and lively town in Bavaria, southern Germany. It lies along the Isar River, north-northeast of Munich, and is the oldest town between Regensburg in northern Bavaria and Bolzano in South Tyrol (Italy). It was the site of a castle in the 8th century, and, after the missionary bishop Korbinian came there in 724 and St. Boniface established the bishopric in 739, it became the ecclesiastical and cultural centre of old Bavaria in the early Middle Ages, long before the ducal towns of Munich and Landshut.
Many historic buildings and works of art serve as reminders of Freising's rich and important cultural past. The greatest collection of ecclesiastical art in Germany is presented in a museum: the Diözesanmuseum houses paintings, textiles and goldsmith works of nine centuries. The most famous exhibits are of paintings and sculptures by Erasmus Grasser, Ignaz Günther, Peter Paul Rubens and the Lukasbild, a Byzantine St. Mary's icon. In the center of town, just off the Marienplatz or market square, is the massive 15th century late-Gothic Catholic Parish Church St. George, built in 1440 by an unknown architect, with its magnificent baroque tower. And on the hill, known as Domberg, or “Cathedral Hill,” regular tours showcase the Romanesque architecture of St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Freising is also home to the oldest working brewery in the world: Weihenstephan. The lounge in the Weihenstephaner beer garden, on the grounds of the world famous Weihenstephan University - which is where beer scholars from all over the world come to learn the fine art of beer brewing - is well worth a visit throughout the year. So is The Weihenstephan abbots' former courtyard. Nowadays the yard is looked after by the Staatliche Versuchsanstalt für Gartenbau, the state research institute for horticulture. The research institute is also in charge of the plantation of the herbaceous perennials, which is known to be the best of its kind in Germany.
With stunning views of the majestic Bavarian Alps, Freising has become a favorite of Germans and travelers looking for an affordable alternative to Munich. Simultaneously modern and historic, the picturesque old town captures the hearts of visitors by maintaining keen attention on its cultural heritage, while encouraging a modern take on art and elegance.
July 2nd, 2012
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