Bavarian Beauty in Bad Tölz

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Bad Tölz Stadtpfarrkirche
Bad Tölz Stadtpfarrkirche

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The beautiful Bavarian town of Bad Tölz (Bad Tölz vacation rentals | Bad Tölz travel guide) is a popular day or weekend trip from Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide), offering fresh air, Alpine views, and a quaint old town to explore. Bad Tölz is located about 60km south of Munich on the Isar river, which separates the Alstadt in the east from the spa quarter in the west. This area is well known for its spas and healing waters. You can have a soak in the iodine-rich waters, or visit the Alpamare, Europe’s first indoor water park. Relax in the mineral pools, steam rooms, and saunas, or try surfing in the wave pool.

Spas aside, Bad Tölz is a relaxing experience in itself. Walk the main pedestrian street of the Alstadt, Marktstrasse, and admire the painted façades that adorn many of the buildings. The Stadtmusem, located in the old town hall, gives a closer look at the history and culture of the area. A visit to Bad Tölz around Easter time is especially lovely, as the Ostermarkt fills the main street of the Alstadt, offering Easter crafts, seasonal delights, and often the first ice cream cone of the season. If you’re there in the winter, take advantage of the opportunity to go ice skating, snowboarding, skiing, Nordic skiing, or sledding. A walk through the Altstadt or along the Isar is perfect any time of year.


Get your heart pumping by walking up to the 707 meter-high Kalvarienbergkirche. The view alone is worth the trek, but the interior of this baroque-style church is lovely as well. Next to Kalvarienbergkirche sits Leonhardikapelle Chapel, a tiny chapel in comparison. After your visit to the chapels, snap some photos of the Alps glistening in the distance and make your way back to the Altstadt via the paved path, or the footpath heading towards the river.

How to get there: Bad Tölz is about 50 minutes driving distance from the center of Munich. Parking is easier to find in lots near the river than around the Alstadt. From Munich you can take also the train; the train station is within walking distance of the river. There are also bus connections.

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Allison Stendardi-Deptolla

This travel guide has been written by Allison Stendardi-Deptolla.

Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.

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