Thursday 3 November - Munich day
From planes and villages to
rolling hills and forest and now.... ta daaaaaa....
the snow capped mountains....
Not far now from Munich Station
and our destination for the next four days. A
pretty scene post card perfect below....
And four hours later we arrive at
Munich Station.... This was our carriage.
Munich Station. Lots of
shopping centres and restaurants here. We had
dinner at one of them tonight.
We have booked castle tours for
tomorrow. Can't wait.
Friday 4 November - Munich day 2
- Castle Tour of Neuschwanstein & Linderhof
Views along the way..... a fairly
cold start - frost on the ground. They
locals say it will be snowing here next
week. Even Vienna had snow forecast for
Pictured below the Bavarian Mountain Range (aka alps)
An example of the
type of architecture in the towns we pass
through on the bus.
The pretty country side.
Heading into a little village on our way to
Linderhof still not far away and the views
continue. The peak in the background is over
The mountains through the Bararian woods.
Linderhof Castle is hidden in there someplace.
Found it - Linderhof
Castle. Teeny Weeny! Well
compared to others we have seen. This is a
guided tour with a set time of 1/2 hour.
Considering how small it is we got a lot out of
through the front doors to a square entry
area (a lot of marble) fairly plain then
move through the first hallway where the
guide starts to explain the room and how it
is decorated. Strictly no photographs
allowed so sorry guys. (Ed. Grrrrrrr!)
You may find some if you google Linderhof
Castle. We then did all the upstairs
rooms. Very opulent, very over decorated
with an over abundance of gold leaf.
All the statues in the garden have been covered
over for the winter. Bit
Moving on to Oberammergau. Pictured below is
one of the many buildings in the village that have
these paintings on them. They are based on
fairy tales and old legends of Bavaria. This
building illustrating Little Red Riding Hood.
No fairy tale or legend on this one but it was the
prettiest building in the whole village.
The main street of the Village. Lots of
great stores for specialty gifts.
Unfortunately we barely had time to find something
decent for lunch. Its all ice cream, cream
cakes and chocolate!
An hour later the castle we have been waiting a
very long time to see. Neuschwenstein.
It took our breath away. Built by Ludwig II
in the 1800s, a relatively young castle. He
wasn't very good with money it seems because he
had already built two other castles and had run
out of money. He died under suspicious
circumstances and never finished the castle.
Thousands of tourists to the castle now contribute
the entry fee to keep the castle going.
The castle below - Hohenschwangau, is many
centuries older and stands on another peak
diagonally across from Neuschwanstein.
The back view of Neuschwanstein castle on the last
bit of our walk to the castle. There are
several ways to get up to the castle but be
prepared to still do some walking because the mini
bus and the horse and cart options stop short of
the castle but about 15 minute walk.
First glimpses of the courtyards.
Views from an outside balcony.
And of course a close up of a nearby mountain peak
serves as a tremendous backdrop for the little bridge
The tour is guided and handled in much the same style
as our previous castle. They get bazillions of
people through this way. It is very orderly and
you do get enough time in each room to fully
appreciate it. There is also a rather handy
little inexpensive guide with photos of each room that
you can purchase to refresh your memory later and as
we cannot take any photos inside the castle (Ed.
Grrrrr!) the booklet has all the photos your
need. For more information go to Neuschwanstein
Pictured above is our goodbye view of the castle.