May 3, 2013

0619, 0625, 0626 GERMANY (Bavaria) - Bad Tölz

Posted on 28.04.2013 and completed on 03.05.2013
Located in Upper Bavaria, on the Isar River, Tölz was mentioned for the first time in 1180, and in 1331 it became a market town, with an extensive Marktrechte, due to the fact that there was on a crossroads for the salt and lumber traffic on the river. A great fire destroyed large parts of the town in 1453, but soon it was reconstructed, and flourished again. It became also famous for crafts with the beautiful coloured chests, cases and beds. In 1845, iodine was found close to the town, so Markt Tölz became Bad Tölz (spa resort) in 1899. During the WWII near the town was an officers' training school for the Waffen-SS, and also a subcamp of the Dachau concentration camp.

In the second postcard is the historic Marktstrasse (Market Street), with Stadtmuseum (City Museum) and Bürgerbräu, which is characterized by Lüftlmalerei, frescoes illustrating Bavarian myths, religious scenes, fairytales or architectural trompe-l'œil found on many buildings. Lüftlmalerei is common for Oberbayern (Upper Bavaria) and its name may be derived from an Oberammergau house called Zum Lüftl, which was the home of facade painter Franz Seraph Zwinck (1748-1792). On the buildings can be seen also the town's flag, with the colours black and gold, and Bavaria's flag, with the colours white and blue.

A climb to Kalvarienberg (Calvary) is rewarded not only by the wide view of the Isar valley and the city, but also by a baroque church with the double two slim towers, Krone von Tölz (Crown of Tolz). The Holy Stairs can be found inside the church; these stairs were initially built outdoors and the church was built over it later on. In addition, visitors can take a look at the Golgotha hill with its larger-than-life crucifixion ensemble, which was erected in 1735. Another cruciform church with a holy sepulcher was built at the base of the hill between 1723 and 1726.

About the stamp
On the first and third postcard
The stamp is part of a common issue Romania - Germany, Biertan Fortified Church - UNESCO World Heritage Site, about which I wrote here.

On the second postcard
The stamp, depicting a Balloon Flower, also known as Chinese Bellflower, is part of the Blumen series, about which I wrote here.

Bad Tölz - Wikipedia
Bad Tölz - official website

sender 1, 2, 3: Cătălin Frolov
sent from Bad Tölz (Bavaria / Germany), on 20.08.2013

sent from Bad Tölz (Bavaria / Germany), on 29.08.2013
sent from Bad Tölz (Bavaria / Germany), on 30.08.2013

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