Rosenheim is situated in one of Germany’s most beautiful landscapes and awaits you with an incredible diversity of activities. Rosenheim is regarded as the cultural and economic center of southeastern Bavaria. The city distinguishes itself by its long tradition, historic Old Town, idyllic beer gardens and many leisure opportunities. Its proximity to the Alps offers the possibility to go hiking after work or enjoy a traditional Bavarian Maß beer (one liter) on a mountainside. Besides the various attractions that make Rosenheim so diverse, travel fans have the whole world at their feet. The central railway station offers access to Munich in just 30 minutes as well as direct connections to Vienna, Verona and Rome.
In Bavaria, Rosenheim is well known for its Rosenheimer Herbstfest (autumn festival). Over the course of two weeks, people from around the state and beyond pour into Rosenheim to celebrate the end of summer in two large beer tents. Comparable to Oktoberfest and with a lot of feel for tradition and local customs, the festivity fascinates one and all. Visitors from Italy, for example, can hardly resist the vortex of enthusiasm, traveling to the Upper Bavarian town on occasion of the Herbstfest year after year. Strong beer fans won’t be disappointed in Rosenheim either. Every March, the Starkbierfest (strong beer festival) takes place in the Inntalhalle, attracting thousands of visitors to the festival area.
Rosenheim also has plenty to offer in winter. It is a tradition to visit the beautiful Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market) on Max-Josefs-Platz after work. Stands serving mulled wine, huts with delicious “Schmankerln” (Bavarian delicacies) and a skating rink are just some of the little market’s highlights.
To experience a hearty evening full of Upper Bavarian tradition with family members, friends or colleagues any time of year, don’t miss a visit to Flötzinger Bräustüberl, where guests can enjoy beer from the in-house brewery.
The close proximity to Chiemsee lake thrills many people from Rosenheim and attracts them with loads of leisure opportunities. The boat rental offers both pedal and row boats so that nothing stands in the way of a nice excursion on Chiemsee.
The summer toboggan run in Oberaufdorf can be reached within half an hour from Rosenheim. To enjoy unique sliding fun on the newly built track with modern sleds, one will first need to climb the mountain of Oberaudorfer Hocheck. Less sporty adventurers can take a cable car, reaching the starting point of the toboggan run within minutes while enjoying the impressive view.
Should you prefer spending the day in the city, you have a wide range of choices. The Landesgartenschaugelände (national horticultural show terrain) in the center of Rosenheim was landscaped in 2010, as part of the Landesgartenschau, and is a little oasis in the bustle of the city. Colorful flower meadows, riverscapes with beautiful bridges and plentiful green areas attract joggers, families and anyone wanting to relax. Everybody will find his or her spot and a silent place to unwind.
Even on rainy days, there are also great alternatives to staying on the couch. The thermal spring in Bad Aibling is one of the region’s most beautiful thermal and sauna worlds, offering pure relaxation and inspiration in an unique architectural setting. Different cupolas stand for different thermal areas, including a relaxation room, a hot/cold water basin and a great outdoor and kids area. Beautiful Rosenheim indeed has plenty to offer, whatever your taste, whatever the weather conditions!
Few other towns its size have so many fine, small cafés as Rosenheim. Dinzler in Kunstmühle, close to Rosenheim’s central railway station, attracts coffee lovers from all over. With its own roastery and a wide choice of breakfast delicacies, it offers every gourmand just what they want during an extended brunch. Café Aran is also very popular. Bread with any kind of topping, many tea types and great coffees are just some of the café’s highlights. Café Aran has loads of regulars, and it’s here that you can enjoy the best cake in town in a modern yet cosy atmosphere.
With a large variety of bars, clubs and events, there is nightlife in and around Rosenheim to suit any taste. In this university town, there is always something going on. Asta-Kneipe is considered a cultural landmark of Rosenheim’s bar scene and invites you for a game of Bingo every Thursday. Alte Spinnerei in Kolbermoor can be reached within a couple of minutes by car from Rosenheim and captivates with impressive events and little concerts at the weekends. Parties in Kesselhaus will rarely be missed by the real Rosenheim crowd!
For nice evenings during the week, there are plenty of restaurants in Rosenheim’s Old Town. Loads of Italian restaurants and pizzerias offer great Mediterranean cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. In Entenwirt on Samerberg and in the Hirzinger tavern in Riedering, guests can enjoy traditional and fine Bavarian cuisine. The latter is famous for its Kaiserschmarrn (shredded pancake) far beyond the region’s borders.
Rosenheim has great cultural offerings for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and music fans. The Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Rosenheim, also called Kuko, organizes a variety of events with famous artists. Its location in the center of the city makes Kuko an ideal venue for events.
Spend a day in the rainforest, visit the Vikings or travel to the dinosaurs? The Lokschuppen center in Rosenheim makes these unforgettable experiences a reality. The former railroad workshop, renovated in 1988, shows all year long temporary international exhibits and counts as one of the best cultural centers in Germany. The Lokschuppen is known beyond city borders for its excellent exhibits and inspires over 180,000 visitors a year. An attractive educational offering, based on the Bavarian school curriculum, makes every visit an experience for the whole family.
With changing artists and themes, the Städtische Galerie Rosenheim completes the exhibit offering with modern art.
Another highlight can be found in the middle of Chiemsee, a lake only 40 km away from Rosenheim: The island Herrenchiemsee, also known as Herreninsel. It is the largest of three islands in the “Bavarian Sea” and can be reached from the mainland with a liner all year round. King Ludwig II built the world famous Herrenchiemsee Castle (New Palace), which attracts tourists from all over the world and can be visited all year round. In addition to Herreninsel, it is worth visiting Fraueninsel, where Germany’s oldest monastery is located: Kloster Frauenwörth (the Benedictine abbey of Frauenwörth), a place of pilgrimage for many visitors.
The monastery itself cannot be visited, but its grounds are open to guests searching for silence and shelter. The island also owes its fame to the Chiemseer Künstlerkolonie (artists’ colony), one member of which was Max Haushofer. The 300 permanent residents distinguish themselves by their great hospitality and appreciate their life on the Chiemsee island, which, in summer, can give you the feeling of an Italian summer’s night (hence the motto “Dolce Vita – in Bavaria”). For those who prefer remaining on the mainland, the seafront promenade in Übersee, with its lovely sunsets, is a fine alternative.
Family life is an important theme in Rosenheim. The city has plenty to offer to children of all age groups, regardless of weather conditions.
The ice hockey stadium, located right in the city, invites you to the exciting derbies of the famous Rosenheim Starbulls, where kids and adults can cheer for their team. During the week and on weekends, the skating rink is open to the public, ensuring that everyone gets a shot on the ice. As a “Rosenheimer Kindl” (kid from Rosenheim), one should also get to know the amusement park in Ruhpolding. This family business, which can be reached in no time at all from Rosenheim, thrills all children. From the mountain roller coaster Gipfel-Stürmer (for the very brave) to Kristallbergwerk (crystal mine) or the Bayerische Bockerlbahn (Bavarian stag train), you can explore the park and spend an exciting day full of thrilling adventures in the middle of nature.
As a university town, Rosenheim is also great for young people, and with a variety of events at the University of Applied Sciences, it offers professional orientation and diversity. The students create a lively atmosphere in the city and in the course of their studies regularly organize new programs.
Another attraction in Rosenheim is the Mehrgenerationenhaus (multigenerational house), which offers plenty of benefits for children, young people and grown-ups. The place has a nursery school and opens up a wide range of opportunities for encounters between the generations. Immigration counseling, a senior citizens meeting point and the possibility to get to know the social life in Rosenheim are just some of the many offerings of this much appreciated house.
As a large town in the Alpine upland, situated at the southeastern German border, Rosenheim has plenty of travel opportunities to offer. The following destinations, all easily reachable from the MARC O’POLO headquarters by car or train, represent only a few of the attractive excursion possibilities:
|Kufstein, Austria||40 km ― 34.00 min car / 32.00 min train|
|Munich, Germany||76 km ― 1.00 h car / 52.00 min train|
|Salzburg, Austria||86 km ― 1.00 h car / 1.10 h train|
|Innsbruck, Austria||110 km ― 1.20 h car / 1.20 h train|
|Regensburg, Germany||199 km ― 2.00 h car / 2.50 h train|
|Riva del Garda, Italy||330 km ― 3.30 h car / 4.00 h train|
|Wien, Austria||376 km – 3.50 h car / 4.00 h train|
|Verona, Italy||380 km ― 3.50 h car / 5.00 h train|
|Prague, Czech Republic||455 km – 4.30 h car / 6.40 h train|
In addition, there is a coach station very close to the university and only 6 km away from the MARC O’POLO headquarters. From there, the ADAC post-bus services take you to various cities all over Germany.
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