Our whole purpose in taking a trip to Bavaria is to visit a small village named Wertach. If you don’t remember hearing that name before, there is a good reason. Wertach is located in the far southwestern reaches of Bavaria close to Switzerland and Lichtenstein. As the cuckoo flies, Austria is only about 2 miles from our condo.
|The path to Wertach|
Wertach is situated in a region of Bavaria which is known as the Allgäu. It is in the foothills of the Alps, and snow covered peaks are visible from our balcony in June. It is in the center of a major destination for German tourists looking to escape the larger cities, although it is essentially unknown to Texans and other Americans. In the winter skiing, snowboarding and other snow sports dominate. In summer, mountain biking and hiking lead the list of possibilities. There are rivers and streams in every little valley, some of which allow for white water rafting and kayaking. Several large mountain lakes provide venues for boating and water sports, and campgrounds abound. Hang gliding and para-sailing are popular and we’ve seen several of these daredevils on our drives.
The Wertach Bergkäsesennerei(Cheese Co-op) makes a variety of cheeses native to the area using locally produced milk, and sells them in the cheese shop located behind the Rathaus. A tour and explanation of the history of Wertach cheese making stretching back to King Ludwig is presented every Wednesday afternoon.
It is hard to characterize Wertach simply. Yes, it is a tourist destination with all that entails. There are Gasthaus, restaurants, hotels and condos to accommodate the seasonal influx. But there is a core group of year-round residents who vigorously work the land producing the bounty which is in turn enjoyed by all. Quiet and peaceful, but with lots of outdoor activities to fill your time if you want.
|Sunset - Our view every evening|