Easter Colors of Burghausen, Germany

View of the Old Town of Burghausen, Germany

I came to Burghausen to visit the longest castle in Europe, I left feeling ready for Easter and thinking it’s one of the prettiest Old Towns in all of Bavaria!

Burghausen is located in Upper Bavaria, just over 110km from Munich.  Despite that I had never heard of it until two days ago.  Back in the day it was a key player in the salt trade. Today its #1 attraction is the longest castle in Europe – which is incidentally how I found out about Burghausen in the first place. But more on that in an upcoming post.

Normally you would find me huffing and puffing away on a mountain somewhere in the Alps. Cursing with each passing step, yet at the same time masochistically enjoying it. But the trade-off for all my hiking is that it leaves me with little time to explore all the non-hiking places around me.  The only reason I’m not out hiking today is because of a knee injury of which the result is wearing a full leg brace 24/7 for six weeks.

I’m not going to lie, it sucks! But the unexpected upside is that it leads me to places that I wouldn’t normally explore – since I’d be too busy hiking. Ironically it always seems to occur around Easter.  Two years ago I was recovering from knee surgery (the other knee) and itching to get out and do SOMETHING  I discovered the Easter Egg Museum, the only one of its kind in Germany! I didn’t come to Burghausen expecting to find an Easter, but it was all around me.

As we drove into Burghausen, I noticed a shiny silver larger than life Easter Egg, then another one, then another.  I counted four:
Giant red Easter Egg in Burghausen, Germany.

If that wasn’t enough to put the thought of Easter into my head, the pastel colored Old Town sure did. The entire medieval Old Town reminded me of a story book painted especially for Easter. Despite it being a cloudy, windy day, my spirits lifted as I took in the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo facades and gabled roofs.

The Old Town of Burghausen is one of the nicest I’ve seen in all of Bavaria!

And believe me Bavarian villages know how to charm.

Intricate colourful buildings in the Old Town of Burghausen, Germany

Stately yellow building in the Old Town of Burghausen, Germany

I loved how the bright yellow really showed the architectural lines of this building.

This bright orange and white building reminded me of a giant Easter Egg - in Burghausen, Germany.

This bright orange and white building reminded me of a giant Easter Egg.

All that was missing was the Easter Bunny!

View Larger Map

See more places to visit in Germany.

Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.



  1. Iain Mallory March 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I’ve seen quite a bit of Bavaria and always love returning there but I wasn’t even aware of Burghausen. It looks like a very pretty traditional town and next time I get out that way i’ll have to add it to the itinerary.

    Germany does seem to do holidays like Easter and even Christmas much better than the UK. They just seem more authentic and celebrated properly over there.

    • Laurel August 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      @Iain – I wasn’t aware of Burghausen until recently either and I live in Munich.

  2. Jennifer March 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    There is so much of Germany I haven’t seen and time I’ve spent there in the last few months has made me want to see more. What a cute village!

  3. InsideJourneys March 26, 2013 at 5:01 am - Reply

    That’s one huge Easter egg!
    I like the details and the contrasting colors of the buildings — cute, all of them.

  4. Turkey's For Life March 26, 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Awww, that just looks like such a lovely place, Laurel. Being in Turkey, Easter isn’t top of our agenda and we only realised this morning that it wasn’t far away! 🙂 This post has made me feel all ‘Easterish’ at least.

  5. Cristina March 27, 2013 at 4:51 am - Reply

    Gorgeous photos. I wonder if there’s any Bavarian chocolate in that egg? 🙂

    • Laurel April 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm - Reply

      @Cristina – If there was, I would have found it 🙂

  6. Jam @icoSnap March 27, 2013 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    The huge red easter egg looks so cute!

    • Laurel April 7, 2013 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      @Jam – The Easter eggs all over the town definitely made it festive.

  7. Elaine Schoch April 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Love the photo of the huge egg!

  8. Andrew Graeme Gould April 2, 2013 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    A beautiful destination! Get well soon…

    • Laurel April 7, 2013 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      @Andrew – Agreed and thank you!

  9. fotoeins | Henry April 3, 2013 at 5:23 am - Reply

    So bright and pretty, so schön die Osterfarben!

    • Laurel April 7, 2013 at 7:20 pm - Reply

      @Henry – Agreed! Hope you had a great Easter!

  10. jun April 8, 2013 at 7:18 am - Reply

    i love towns! can’t wait to visit europe really.
    and your blog has lots of useful information. thanks for sharing them!

Leave A Comment