Culture, customs & traditions in Kollnburg
Tradition & customs in Kollnburg!
Castle tower and castle fountain in the castle courtyard
The castle tower (11 m) and the castle fountain (17.5 m) – the landmarks of Kollnburg. The castle was built in the middle of the 12th century to protect the treasure of the Counts of Bogen. According to legend, this treasure can still be found in the castle tower today. In the days of the counts and bailiffs, the castle well was Kollnburg’s central water supply. Groundwater can still be found here today.
Today, the castle is a popular excursion destination. Every year, many tourists as well as locals visit the castle grounds for cozy garden parties in the castle courtyard or climb the castle tower for the magnificent panoramic view of the highest mountain peaks in the Bavarian Forest.
"Maibaumaufstellen" at the Burggasthof Hauptmann
Every year on April 30 or May 1, the maypole is erected on the village square in Kollnburg and in many hamlets around Kollnburg
the maypole is erected with muscle power and with the help of so-called “Schwaiberln”. Decorated with the wooden guild symbols and crowned with a ribboned tree and thick fir wreaths, it proclaims tradition and hospitality for miles around.
tradition and hospitality well into the fall.
Local festival, festivals and musical events in and around Kollnburg
Von traditionellen Fahnenweihen, klassischen Festivalen, westernmäßigen Countryfesten, geselligen Dorffesten, fetzigen Beat-Parties bis hin zu weihnachtlichen Christkindlmärkten – an interessanten Angeboten wird es Ihnen in Ihrem Kurzurlaub im Bayerischen Wald nicht mangeln. Unbedingt sehenswert ist das Viechtacher Bürgerfest in der ersten Juliwoche und die Burgfestspiele Neunußberg (Ende Juli). Musik-Openair, Jazzveranstaltungen, Theater, Kunstausstellungen, Workshops, Museen und Kirchen, Kaberettisten und noch vieles mehr.
Kollnburg - the carnival hotspot in the Bavarian Forest
At the beginning of January, the Burgnarren Kollnburg elect a prince and princess at the enthronement ball, who, together with their carnival reign and the dashing guard girls, keep the town of Kollnburg firmly under control until Carnival Tuesday. For the duration of the carnival, every weekend is filled with colorful carnival balls. At the highlight on Carnival Sunday, the funniest misadventures of the villagers and the neighboring villages are made fun of in an annual “Gaudiwurm”. Afterwards, the celebrations continue with the traditional “Faschingssupp`n-Essn” in the hall of the Burggasthof. Further information at: www.burgnarren-kollnburg.de
Farmer's theater in Kollnburg - a spectacle every year
Every year at the turn of the year, the theater group of the Kollnburg FF rehearses a funny three-act play and performs it on the stage of the hall in the “zum Bräu” inn. Dates: 2nd Christmas Day (afternoon and evening), New Year’s Day and Epiphany.
Historical agricultural and craft equipment museum
The old Troidkasten from the Göttlhof farm dating back to 1798 was painstakingly built in Münchshöfen with a great deal of personal effort and commitment and now functions as a historical agricultural and craft equipment museum. It houses a colorful mixture of everyday objects, tools and equipment from rural farming culture from the past centuries, ranging from horse harnesses, ladder wagons and wooden sledges to rarities such as a grain cleaning mill from 1843. Please call the Josef Wolf family, Münchshöfen 15, 94262 Kollnburg, Tel. (09942) 52 16 to arrange a visit.
The motorcycle and rarities collection offers real treasures, and not just for motorcyclists. The passionate collector Willi Schmid (+) has amassed more than 100 mopeds and motorcycles over 30 years. You can find all kinds of motorcycle models in the “Wurzelhaus”: Adler, BMW, DKW, Horex, etc. You can also admire almost every Zündapp ever built, as well as a beautiful, well-preserved Goggomobil. The hobbyist has even built a roadworthy wooden bicycle. In addition to the collection of historic motorcycles and mopeds, everything historic (tools, hand-operated machines, etc.) relating to the topic of “craftsmanship in the olden days” is also on display, arranged with great attention to detail according to occupational groups.
April – October: Wednesday to Sunday from 1 to 4 pm, November – March: by prior arrangement
Admission is free, but a small donation to maintain the collection is gladly accepted. Registration and information “Wurzelhaus”: Maria Schmid, Sedlhofer Str. 20, 94262 Kollnburg, Tel. (09942) 23 10.
The farmers' memorial in Baierweg Kollnburg
One of the most unusual monuments in the Bavarian Forest, dating from 1869, a monumental stone memorial in a historic location with a magnificent panoramic view. According to tradition, Georg Bielmaier erected it with his farmhands and with the help of Kollnburg painter Johann B. Reisbacher to ease his guilty conscience over a swindle he had committed against his deceased brother and his partner.
Bible garden with meditation path in the Kollnburg parish garden
The path through Kollnburg’s unique Bible garden begins below our 3-star hotel with wellness facilities. At the suggestion of our village priest, a new bible garden with a meditation path made of beautiful glass panels was created in the parish garden and around the vicarage in 2008. The impressive glass panels are made by glass artists from the Weinfurtner glassworks. Individuals or associations can also get involved. With Bible verses and corresponding artistic depictions, these panels have become an asset to the town. Guided tours of the parish are offered.
“We live in the castle. It offers us security and gives our family a feeling of safety; we also feel safe with God. Just as a castle protects its inhabitants, God protects us in our lives. As firmly as a castle stands, so firmly can we trust in God, even in times of need.”
(Founders Peter and Conny Hauptmann, Burggasthof Hauptmann)
Marterl and wayside crosses
When hiking in Kollnburg in the Bavarian Forest, you often come across wayside crosses that were erected at the edge of fields or forests out of piety or in memory of the deceased. Marterl are memorial crosses or stones erected at accident sites to commemorate those who have died there.
"Totenbretter" - Death boards
Death boards are a piece of folk culture. They bear witness to the intimate and contemplative way in which people in the Bavarian Forest have always honored the dead. The custom of erecting wooden memorial plaques is still practiced today. They commemorate the people and their fates who are remembered and respect those who have set these signs.