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...and it's NOT Disneyland.......... [emoticon]

hello friends,
I would like to present you a trip report of our recent trip to Bavaria, the "kingdom of King Ludwig II".
It's not really a trip report because we didn't move much, but stayed mainly at a few places at campgrounds.

Let's start in the city of Füssen, that's the place where the famous kings castles Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein are located.

King Ludwig's parents lived in the castle of Hohenschwangau, the little boy Ludwig was very inspirated by this environment, because it has really the charme of a castle of fairy tales.


King Ludwig II (1845–1886):

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This is the image of Neuschwanstein the world knows:

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But lets start at castle Hohenschwangau:

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Hohenschwangau ist already a very impressive castle, but King Ludwig wanted to realize his dreamings and projects.
Most people during his life time didn't understand why to spend so much money for any phantasy creations, but nowadays the state of Bavaria is quite happy to own such rich source of income....

First we wanted to have an overlook, so we walked onto the "Marias bridge", quite impressive over a deep canyon, with the outlook to castle Neuschwanstein:

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Neuschwanstein was constructed between 1869 an 1888, but never really completed due to the dead of King Ludwig II in 1886 and due to financial problems.

May be crazy, but isn't this castle realization of everybodys dreams ?!?! [emoticon]


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After the visit og the castles we returned to the historical center of Füssen:


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As we were quite hungry we enjoyed a authentic bavarian meal: [emoticon]


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Our next location should be the village of Oberstdorf, which we try to vosot every year. Sometimes I already posted a photo in this forum.

In the center of the village there is a large campground, of course always occupied after the Christmas days. Not only by the appropoiate location but due the every years ski-jumping championsships.


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Crazy people, preparing for the ski-jumping championship:


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and then always must follow the "aprés-ski-party":

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original bavarian ox steak, yummmmmm:

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As Maria and I are enthusiastic mountain hikers, we love to explore the sourrounding tales and mountains, especially because at the end of the trip you might be expected with a fresh beer and delicious meal at a mountain lodge:

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regards to Grand Whazoo: [emoticon]


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New Year's Eve:


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At New Year's Day it's tradition that musicians walk form house to house, playing some traditional bavarian music or marches.
They wouldn't be authentic bavarians of the would reject the obligatory Schnaps (spirit) [emoticon]


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and here the original "sound track" (just CLICK onto the photo):

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ok, we had to discover another walk onto the heights, to Germanys southernmost edge, called Einödsbach.


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wonderful landscape, absolute silence:


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in the middle og the photo you can see a mountain chalet for hikers:


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and one time more.......... [emoticon]

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changing the location we visited the famous baroque "Wieskirche", with rich ornamentations:


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next stop at monastery of Ettal:


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funniest thing is, that those monasteries are not only important for devout chrisitan practitioner, but - of course - for devout friends of all kind of spirits......... [emoticon]


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ok, my friends, we hope you enjoyed so many pictures.
There only remains one thing to say:

CHEERS and a Happy New Year 2013 !

Felix & Maria
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Posted: 01/05/13 08:12am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great pictures. 40 years since I was in Bavaria.


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My wife and I stayed at Neuschwanstein and after all the tourists left for the day, we walked down to the lake for a glass of wine. A local rode up on his bicycle and put his Alpen horn together and began playing. Somewhere up the valley, he was answered by another horn. It went on for about half an hour. He was not dressed in costume, he was not looking for a donation, he just wanted to play his horn. One of our best memories of Germany.





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Felix, nice trip. I noticed the nice German tile stove in your pictures. My sister purchased a small one back in the 1970's and it really gives off a nice even heat. I would be interested to see if they are still avaliable in the USA.

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Fantastic, Thank you so very much

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Vielen Dank für die Bilder.

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Thanks. When it comes to castles Europe certainly has some things the US does not have. Wonderful pics.


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I enjoyed your trip report very much. Thanks

I have been to Bavaria for extended trips (work related) 3 times in my lifetime. Enjoyed all three trips. Great food, excellent beer, beautiful landscapes, and good folks.


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Thank you so much the pics are awesome I love to see other parts of the world.


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Hi Felix,

It was lovely to go onto the forum and see your trip report from Bavaria - I've just been showing Sally. I haven't been there and it has been many years since Sally was last there. We definitely plan to head in that direction with the camper, and your photos have whetted our appetite even more.

Of course having seen your pictures Sally is now asking about using the camper for Skiing, but given that we don't have a bathroom in the camper trudging through snow between the camper and the shower / toilet block tends to put me off the idea slightly :-)

It seems like ages ago we were camped in your back garden (so good of you to arrange that, and great to meet you and the family, and your other truck camper friends from Germany) and many miles have been covered since, but your pictures remind me of how much I love Germany.

Happy New Year from Sally and I.

Steve.


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