Markt Stamsried, Bavaria, Germany

Markt Stamsried, Bavaria, Germany, has had a 35-year development process and has since impressed with extraordinary continuity and simultaneous innovation, thanks to which a modern market town has emerged from an economically underdeveloped village on the Iron Curtain.

Among the most interesting projects are the revitalization of the baroque castle park with the natural pond and the „path of self-discovery“ as well as the renaturation of the Kirchbachaue, which has developed into an attractive recreational area thanks to the Kneipp basin, a barefoot path, a playground and a Celtic tree circle. The good and substantial urban planning with lots of external expertise is leading the way and in this spirit, the handling of empty sites and vacancies along with the pedestrian-friendly measures in the center are also exemplary.

Partnerships, for example in the field of tourism, are just as worth mentioning as the sound dealing with new citizens. The path to energy autonomy, which manifests itself in numerous coordinated projects, is highly impressive.

Therefore, Markt Stamsried is awarded a European Village Renewal Award for sustainable, holistic and motto-adequate village development of excellent quality.