"Kempten" Personal Page by gubbi1
Kempten has been founded by romans about 2000 years ago and is one of the two oldest german cities. It is located between Munich and the lake constance (Bodensee). The advantages of a small city and the close distance to the nature of the alps make Kempten a nice place to live.
In Kempten you can see rests of the roman forum, therms and temples in the archeological museum APC. The foto was taken from the Burghalde, a hill with remains of a fortress, now used as open-air stage. The church is called St.-Mang church.
From Kempten the alps are pretty good visible. With a distance of just 20 kilometers to the first higher mountains it is easy to go for hiking in summer and skiing in winter. As it is really flat around the river Iller you can bike south to Oberstdorf easily. Mountain biking is as well something popular in the region.
The Rathausplatz is located close to the Iller, in the lower part of town. On the picture you can see the old city hall. In summer you can find a lot of places on the square for taking a drink in open air. In winter before christmas the christmas market takes place here as well.
The upper part of town is dominated by the Sankt-Lorenz-Basilika and the Residenz, located just beside.
If you are in Kempten, have a look at the Sankt-Lorenz-Basilika. It is a really nice decorated church. Best thing is to visit the church on a different day than sunday, because there are several church services. If you do not have another possibility go in inbetween to get a short impression.
Beside the St-Lorenz-Basilika you can find the Residenz. Even it doesn't look like it, inside there are extremely nice rooms. You should not miss them. You will have to take a guided tour. Ask for a tour in English, it should be possible.
Inside the Residenz you will find stucco and paintings on the walls and ceiling. Some parts are a mixture of both giving interesting effects.
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