Rathaus Gauting | Bahnhofstraße.7 D - 82131 Gauting
Family walk by Michael Nguyen
Who does not feel reminded of a painting by the impressionists Monet or Caillebotte in this photo by Michael Nguyen? The comparison is not so far-fetched: after the construction of the Munich-Starnberg railroad line in 1854, more and more city dwellers came to the romantic and charming Würm Valley for a cure or summer retreat, to relax and enjoy the enchanting landscape. Industry and companies also took advantage of the benefits of the location. Artists came with their daughters and wives, and they painted, drew portraits, taught, and indulged in all kinds of cultural activities. The villa colony of the Wilhelminian era thus brought the upper-middle-class cultural life to the craftsmen and farmers' village. Freethinkers such as the eccentric Theodor von Hallberg-Broich (the "Hermit of Gauting") or filmmaker Herbert Achternbusch found and still find a home in Gauting, at least temporarily. This explains the partly special "Gauting feeling" from the mixture of old-established, established cultural business and a touch of Bavarian anarchism...
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