Why not in Bavaria?
|The Bavarian flag has blue and white diamonds. A
native will tell you that these colors stand for the blue Bavarian sky and
its white clouds. Yet, Bavaria has much more to offer. Germany's most
southern State is famous for its lakes and mountains, its castles and Rococo
churches, and the stately farmhouses with geraniums and petunias hanging in
colorful magnificence from the wooden balconies. Munich, world-renowned for
the Oktoberfest, is sophisticated and artsy on one hand and earthy and
rustic on the other.
Last year we were invited to the wedding of our niece,
which took place in Fischbachau, a quaint village in the foothills of the
Alps. (See: A Wedding
with Heart) Bride and groom, avid hikers, knew the
Aurachhof in Fischbachau as a
conference center and corporate retreat.
They loved the elegant Bavarian-style hotel with its
park-like surroundings, the shaded garden, and its exceptionally helpful and
friendly staff. The Aurachhof can accommodate about 100 people in 37 double
and 28 single comfortable rooms. The reception can be celebrated outside in
the garden, shaded by chestnut nut trees, or inside in the reception hall
with an elegant, yet rustic Bavarian feel. The Hotel has a list of excellent
event professionals who have worked at the hotel before.
The couple, true gourmets, had picked a wonderful meal.
It had nothing to do with the rustic sauerkraut-sausage-Bavarian-fare of the
countryside; it reminded me much more of California Cuisine with
German fusion. Later in the evening the lights were turned down and two
servers pushed a decorated cart carrying the wedding cake set amidst sparkling Roman
If you want to entertain your guests, there are lakes
for swimming and mountains for hiking. There are serviced alpine huts along
the way where you can quench your thirst with cool beer and apple spritzer,
have a simple meal, and enjoy the breathtaking view. The famous castle
Neuschwanstein and other castles of the Bavarian King Ludwig are close by, as
is great shopping for clothes and souvenirs. Whatever you plan, the
English-speaking staff of the hotel is happy to help you.
How to get there:
You can rent a car or use the extensively developed train and bus system to
reach your destination. If you come from Munich, it is about a one hour
ride with the Bayerische Oberlandbahn. You will share the train with hikers
and bikers in summer and skiers in winter; they love to take advantage of the great
outdoor activities Bavaria has to offer.
The population in southern Bavaria is predominantly Catholic. Therefore, you
will find many Catholic churches and chapels all over the countryside, in
the villages, on the meadows, and even on mountain tops.
The church in Fischbachau is among the oldest in Bavaria
and dates back to the beginning of the 12th century. The cheerfully painted
Romanic basilica has a church tower that sports the region's typical
onion-shaped stipple. The richly decorated inside in late Baroque is just
Birgit Brubach, the director of the Aurachhof, did the
research for having a Catholic ceremony in Fischbachau. Here it is:
Provided the American couple signs the papers at home, it is fairly easy to
tie the knot in a Catholic church. A precondition is that either bride or
groom is Catholic and neither one has been divorced previously. Then
bride and groom are required to take marriage preparation lessons at their
local church in the US. At least two months prior to their wedding, the
couple's pastor has to send the paperwork to the Archbishop in Munich. To
have smooth sailing, it is advisable that the couple also contacts the
pastor in Fischbachau. After he receives the permissions from the Archbishop,
the pastor can marry the couple.
Phone: +49 8028 903-0
Fax: +49 8028 903199
Rooms, breakfast buffet included:
double occupancy: â‚¬110
average four-course dinner with wine for fifty people â‚¬4,800 to â‚¬6,500
Phone: +49 8028 90670
Send papers to:
ErzbischÃ¶fliche Ordinariat MÃ¼nchen
Postfach 33 03 60
Important: Allow 2 to 3 months for the processing of the permission!
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