Our wealth of natural treasures are best explored on foot – on a relaxing stroll, a circular route in and around Freising, an exciting adventure trail or a meditative pilgrims’ path. There’s something for every taste!
Rundweg Kultur & Natur (Culture & Nature Tour): The 13.5-km circular route takes in the main sights of Freising, including the former abbey church of Sts Peter and Paul in the district of Neustift, Freising’s historic centre with Cathedral Hill, the Wieskirche church, the Schafhof – European Center for Art Upper Bavaria, and Weihenstephan, with the world’s oldest brewery and beautiful show gardens.
Kunstpfad Weihenstephan (Weihenstephan Art Trail): Two circular routes, each taking over an hour, guide visitors through the campus sculpture park past a host of works by various artists. The works were created by regionally and internationally renowned artists for specific locations on the Weihenstephan campus between 1976 and 2001.
A detailed brochure on the creation of the Art Trail, its works and their artists is available from Freising Tourist Information for a small charge.
Jakobus-Pilgerweg Freising (The Freising Way of St James): The north-eastern arm of the Munich Way of St James starts on Cathedral Hill in Freising and runs south-west through the city to Vötting and past Hohenbachern chapel to Kranzberg (length: approx. 11 kilometres). This ridgeway affords panoramic views over the Isar valley, and even as far as the Bavarian Alps in favourable weather.
More details are available in the brochure for Jakobus-Pilgerweg Freising (currently available in German only). It is available from the Tourist Information Office or can be posted on request.
Walderlebnispfad Freising (Freising Forest Trail): A great excursion for families and nature fans in Freising Forest A circular route around 2 km long leads through the shady woods, encouraging visitors to discover their diversity and magic through play and exploration. The trail has 23 stations with information signs, displays and games as well as shady rest spots. The Forest Trail starts and finishes at ‘Plantage’ forest restaurant.
The Bird Observation Tower in Freisinger Moos was set up by the Bavarian Society for the Protection of Birds and can be freely used for nature observation. Large displays on the second floor of the wooden tower provide information about the birds that can be spotted here, including grey herons, buzzards, kestrels, white wagtails and pheasants. Don’t forget your binoculars to make the most of the extensive Freisinger Moos region, which takes in meadows, fields and stretches of shallow water and includes the River Moosach. The views of Freising, marked by the striking high points of Weihenstephan Hill and Cathedral Hill, are also a great photo opportunity. And with a little luck, you might be able to snap a stork –a stork’s nest of willow twigs has been placed on the roof of the observation tower. The Bird Observation Tower is directly outside the district of Vötting and is visible from afar.
The Bird Observation Tower is directly outside the district of Vötting and is visible from afar. Its coordinates are 48.37971,11.698127.
Gehölzlehrpfad (Forestry Trail): The Forestry Trail in the grounds of the Bayerischen Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft (Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture, LfL) provides an introduction to most of our native deciduous tree species, with numerous information signs along the route. The trail through the LfL’s extensive grounds is a chance for the whole family to learn how to recognise the most frequent native trees. Over 60 species are signposted, with more detailed descriptions in a flyer available at the main entrances. Signs provide information on the habitat of wild bees, including insect hotels, and point out wild orchards, wild-flower meadows and hedgerows.
Visit the website of the Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft for more details and to download the flyer (currently available in German only).