Monday, November 16, 2015

Bavaria: Neuschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau and Mittenwald

Next was the journey into Bavaria to the fabulous Neuschwanstein Castle. It was the coldest day we had and a serious hike uphill for what seemed like forever, the spectacular views and the fascinating history of this castle was worth every step! Such a fun day!

This Castle was used as the model for Disney’s Cinderella’s Castle. You’ll see why!

(This is one of my favorite pictures of the trip! Love these women…and that baby!)


They wouldn’t let us take pictures until we exited the castle into this huge kitchen.


But we did get some fabulous sunset pictures from that high perch!


For positively fabulous pictures and the history of this amazing castle look HERE on Shawni’s blog!

Our destination that night was Oberammergau, the location of the famous Passion Play held every ten years, following a promise to God during World War II, that if He would spare their village, they would show their thanks with a Passion Play celebrating the last week of the Savior’s life every ten years.

We stayed at this cute hotel in a village full to the brim with wood carvings and a lovely church!









This gorgeous White Church right in the middle of the town was something to behold!

Cute Julie and Dean caught a little shuteye whenever there was a moment!  We’ll never know how much time these two spent in the wee hours of the morning together!


At Saydi’s suggestion, we drove to Mittenwald, the capital of violin as we made our way to Salzburg. How can it be that there are so many interesting and thoroughly charming places in Europe, especially Bavaria/Germany? It reminded me that America is such a baby country! Europeans laugh when we tell them that we started our history about 1620. Europe has history that goes back eons before the birth of Christ!

Mittenwald was a delight! (Darn, this is blurry but you get the idea of this beautiful violin shop!)


After exploring the city, we took a fun old one-person tram to the top of the hill which was so fun. I loved seeing this farmer with his old fashioned pitch fork piling his hay in clumps as we slowly glided by:



Some good German food at the top and a spectacular view added to the thrill of the day:


For beautiful pictures and more details on our journey through Bavaria at Nueschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau and Mittenwald take a look at Charity’s blog HERE and Shawni’s blog HERE.

On to Salzburg!

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