View of the Waginger See near Petting from the Heinz am See holiday park
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Recreation and more at Waginger See

With its typical farmhouses and pretty gardens, Petting conveys a piece of Bavarian serenity. As a magnet for visitors, the Schönramer Filz with its moor and heath landscape never ceases to amaze both guests and locals on guided hikes through the special flora and fauna. Camping enthusiasts enjoy the closeness to nature and special lake atmosphere in the Hainz am See Resort.

Tranquility and culinary delights

Anyone who appreciates the special atmosphere of relaxing tranquility will be drawn to Seehaus Castle, which is idyllically situated on the Weidsee. The Salzburg Prince Archbishop of Raitenau expanded it in 1610 for his secret lover. Bathing fun and fish on a stick make the lido in Kühnhausen an attraction for young people and families in summer. The epitome of Bavarian cosiness can be enjoyed in the inn and beer garden of the Schönram brewery. The beer specialties and the brewery festival with classic car meetings have a legendary reputation.

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Local history of Petting

The moraine landscape with its gentle hills in the southern area of Lake Waginger was significantly shaped by the last ice age 18,000 years ago. Cereal pollen in the sediment of the lake indicate early signs of settlement. The first documented mention of the place can be found in a donation document from the year 1048. For centuries, the prince bishops of Salzburg shaped Petting and the region, which served as a "granary" for the archbishopric. The construction of a hunting lodge in Seehaus began as early as the 13th century. Four years later, after the bid to Bavaria in 1816, Petting became an independent municipality. In 1860, farmers around the Tachensee founded a community for land reclamation, dug the Götzinger Ache and lowered the lake level by two meters: Since that time, the lake has been divided into two as Waginger and Tachinger See. In 1971, the parishes of Petting and Ringham merged.

Pettinger personality

Artist Konrad Kurz (b. 1934) has earned a reputation far beyond Petting as the creator of meaningful bronze sculptures and metalwork. Among other things, he created the fountain in front of the Petting town hall.

Petting in winter

The location on the south-eastern shore of the Waginger See made the area around Petting, with its wealth of fish, interesting for settlers early on. On the historical circular route, evidence of the past can be found at any time of the year: themed tours lead you from burial mounds from the Hallstatt period, to parts of a "villa rustica" from Roman times, to the remains of a Celtic four-sided hill and to a burial ground from the Bavarian period, which is near Construction work for the Kirchfeldsiedlung came to light. The parish church of St. John the Baptist is also worth seeing. If there is enough snow, guests and locals enjoy the groomed trails for cross-country skiers around Petting in the cold season.

Blumenwiese im Winter in der Gemeinde Petting
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Tips about petting

Waginger See-Rundweg

Child-friendly bike tour around Lake Waginger and Lake Tachinger

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Moorlehrpfad Schönramer Filz

Family-friendly and full of information through the felts

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Waginger See

Bathing, cycling, relaxing or feasting on the warmest lake in Upper Bavaria

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Luftbild der Gemeinde Petting
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83367 Petting
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