Sonneblumenfeld in der Gemeinde Obing
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Obingen local history

Similar to other places in the region with the ending "-ing", Obing also has a settlement history that goes back at least to the Celtic period. A row of graves uncovered in 1930 indicates traces of the Bavarians (6th century). The first documented mention dates from a gift from Bavarian Duke Theodebert to the Archbishopric of Salzburg in 716. Until the 19th century, Obing, with its own castle (burned down in 1860) and Hofmark rights, was often the property of changing high-ranking families and personalities. The railway connection in 1908 was followed in 1978 by the merger to form the Obing-Pittenhart-Kienberg administrative community.

Pittenhart local history

The place name Pittenhart (Bidenhardt) is derived either from the Aribonen Boto or Buto, a brother of Aribo II, known from the Hungarian wars and as a co-founder of the Millstatt monastery (around 1070), or from the Celtic water god Bid, who is mentioned in the Pittenhart Roman stone from 219 when Bedeius appears. The Roman stone was attached to the south side of the church until 1808. A Roman column in the basement of Oberbrunn Palace suggests early settlement by a Roman fort. The district was first mentioned in 924 in the Salzburg document book. What was probably an Aribon property from the 10th century in Oberbrunn became a manor for ducal Bavarian officials in the late Middle Ages and around 1530 a noble seat with a castle and estate. In 1818 the independent municipality of Pittenhart was formed, which merged with Obing and Kienberg to form an administrative community as part of the district reform in 1978.

Kienberg local history

The name Kienberg refers to a mountain once covered with pine or pine trees, which was settled by farmers as early as the 5th century. The name of the town first appeared as "Chyemberch" in 790 in the "Breves Notitiae" of the Archdiocese of Salzburg. In 1818, the community of Kienberg was formed on the basis of the community edict of the Kingdom of Bavaria. Since 1978 the place has belonged to the administrative community with Obing and Pittenhart. Also worth mentioning is the brick factory in Oed, which existed from 1850 to 2002 and was one of the largest companies in the region.

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Obinger personalities

As true originals, John and Rita Gonzalves have turned the Gasthof zur Postinto a nationally known cabaret stage. After Mozart spent the night there, many artists have been performing here for over 25 years.

Activities in Obing

The originality and authenticity of Bavarian culture, which distinguishes Obing in the summer, loses none of its power in the winter months. If the lake is frozen, curling and ice skating on the natural icei invite you to a sociable experience. The late Gothic hall church of St. Laurentius, consecrated in 1491, houses real gems of art. The high altar contains three of the most beautiful figures by the late medieval master carver "Meister von Rabenden" (1515). Cabaret and concerts, plus Bavarian-American cuisine - this is what the Gasthaus zur Post offers in an original way. A rich cultural program can also be found in the nearby educational center in Kloster Seeon.

Winter in Obing am Obinger See mit Blick auf die katholische Kirche
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Activities in Pittenhart

The town of Pittenhart has been closely linked to Seeon Abbey for centuries. It now houses a culture and seminar center for the district of Upper Bavaria, which is popular as a national attraction due to high-quality exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events. In winter, the Advent market that takes place there with its bright lights is a worthwhile destination. From Pittenhart, passionate ice skaters will find a suitable place for relaxed gliding on the ice on the frozen lakes in Seeon or Obing. The Church of St. Nicholas in Pittenhart is not only worth a visit on December 6th. Highlights of its remarkable interior are the Gothic figures of Saint Erasmus by the Master of Seeon (c. 1430), a large wooden crucifix (c. 1530) and the left side altar by Johann Georg Lindt (1766). With its wild mix of styles, the Hilgerhof, which has been expanded into an original cultural stage, is also a real unicum. Here you can get in the mood for the Advent season with concerts and readings.

Activities in Kienberg

The fire brigade museum in Kienberg, operated by the association "Historical Magirus - fire brigade vehicles Bavaria eV" is dedicated to a very special collection area. The association maintains, restores and maintains historic Magirus fire service vehicles and puts them on display until October. The exhibition with 26 large vehicles and six trailers brings the history of the fire brigade to life. The gems include an airfield fire engine and a crane weighing up to 20 tons. Both in summer and in winter, the geological peculiarity of so-called thunder holes draws experts and interested people to Kienberg. 112 of these mysterious craters, up to eight meters deep, have been found there since 1936. Experts disagree as to whether these are dead ice holes from the Ice Age or relics of a meteorite impact.

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Chiemgau local railway at the station in Obing
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Kienberger Straße 5
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