Thursday, August 15, 2013

A few days in Bavarian fairy tale

Bavaria always was in my list to visit because of well known castles like Neuschwanstein or Linderhof Palace. But I never ever could imagine how beautiful is the nature, the mountains...people! We just grabbed last minute deals from my favorite site where we usually order hotels for our European and North American trips, and were not dissapointment this time as well.
Our major destination was Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a cozy mountain resort town in Bavaria located in southern Germany. Here are many photos from that lovely place!

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Not far from Garmisch located village of Ettal which became famous for tourists because of Benedictine monastery.

Ettal Abbey was founded on 28 April 1330 by Emperor Ludwig the Bavarian in the Graswang valley, in fulfilment of an oath on his return from Italy, on a site of strategic importance on the primary trade route between Italy and Augsburg.

Not only monastery you can see in that village. Very good restaurants and pleasant views as well !

The roads in Bavaria are amazing! You can see these views from your windshield!

If you continue to drive HW23 up north, you meet another picturesque village of Oberammergau which is also known as the home of a long tradition of woodcarving. Just walk along the streets and you will not be dissaponted!

Another pearl of our trip was Fussen, town on the border with Austria. F├╝ssen was settled in Roman times, on the Via Claudia Augusta, a road that leads southwards to northern Italy. "Hohes Schloss" (High Castle) is the former summer residence of the prince bishops of Augsburg.

St Mang's Basilica and former monastery over the River Lech (look at the color of water in that river!)

Another sightseeing close to Fussen is very famous Neuschwanstein Castle in southwest Bavaria.The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner.

In upper Bavaria there is rural pearl Scholderhof. We just found this place by accident but very very love beauty of that small castle! and look how amazing is surrounding nature!

And finally we arrived to Linderhof Palace. We tried to visit it twice because of bad rainy weather we needed to caome back to this number 1 castle in our listing. Linderhof Palace is located close to Ettal Abbey. It is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed.