We just got back from a whirlwind weekend trip to so many amazing places! I took an overwhelming 743 pictures, plus even more on my phone (and Chris's phone - I need them all!). We went to Oberammergau, stayed at the Edelweiss Army Lodge and Resort, saw THE Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein castles, toured the cute ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, went to the tippy top of Germany's highest mountain: Zugspitze, drove around the scenic Plansee Lake, and topped off the trip with a tour of Linderhof Palace. I'm going to break it down into several different posts, chronologically, so here we go!
We left Friday afternoon when Chris got home from work. It was a 3 1/2 hour drive to Oberammergau, but we made a side-trip to IKEA to get our VAT money back. Everything here is taxed 20% but at some places, including IKEA, we can get the 20% back if we buy and fill out VAT forms. It's complicated, but worth it. Then on we went! Fox said he had to go potty about an hour outside of Munich and luckily there was a WC rest stop just 5km ahead. This was thew view through the fence at the potty break.
Getting closer to real civilization! I spy airplanes taking off!
We drove right through the heart of Munich. It's a huge city - third biggest in Germany behind Berlin and Hamburg. There is so much to see and do here! We don't have a trip planned in December and I'm thinking Munich just might be where we end up going.
I'm enticed by this olive-green church.
Into the mountains we go!
We reached Oberammergau around dinnertime, found somewhere to park the car, and continued on foot.
First order of business was finding something to eat. We found a little bakery and got some cookies.
The town's best sights are its woodcarving shops filled with very expensive whittled works.
Oh the enchantment of Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas stores!
The town church is typically Bavarian Baroque. Being in a woodcarving center, it's only logical that all the statues are made of wood, and then stuccoed and gilded to look like marble or gold.
The scenes we saw painted on the sides of houses in Bavaria are called Lüftlmalerei. The term came from the name of the house ("Zum Lüftl") owned by a man from Oberammergau who pioneered the practice in the 18th century. As the paintings became popular during the Counter-Reformation Baroque age, themes tended to involve Christian symbols, saints, and stories such as scenes from the life of Jesus to reinforce the Catholic Church's authority in the region. Some scenes also depict an important history event that took place in that house or town.
Here are many many examples of the painted Lüftlmalerei we beheld in Oberammergau:
By this point we were all famished so we headed to the hustling and bustling part of town to seek out some food.
So happy to still see colored leaves all around!
We found a pizza shop and ordered two pepperoni pizzas. Fox entertained himself, and everyone else for that matter, with a wooden whistle we got him at one of the wood shops.
While the food was baking I walked around some more. Loving this vine covered apartment building!
Dinner is served! We were in and out pretty quick, Fox and Jane were restless.
When we got to the Edelweiss Army Lodge and Resort it was dark, so these pictures were taken the next morning.
A view of the gorgeous mountains with nothing obstructing them.
The hotel has some Lüftlmalerei goin' on!
Not too shabby! Felt like we were in a ski lodge!
Walking down lots of hallways to get to our room. It was like a maze!
We made it! We loved our room.
One of two bathrooms and the view from the balcony.
We loved sitting outside on the deck in the AMAZING weather. It was about 70 degrees and sunny and perfect.