Neuschwanstein  -  Ludwig's First Castle

Neuschwanstein from below

Neuschwanstein, Ludwig's first and most famous castle, built between 1869 and 1886

Neuschwanstein from Mary's bridge

Neuschwanstein Castle, as typically seen from the Mary's Bridge vantage point.

Neuschwanstein entrance

Neuschwanstein Castle was designed by Christian Jank, a theatrical set designer.

Singers' Hall in Neuschwanstein

Singers' Hall occupies the
entire fourth floor of
Neuschwanstein Castle.

Neuschwanstein - helicopter wide shot

Neuschwanstein sits on its own height of land at the base of Mount Tegelberg.

Neuschwanstein - helicopter view from the north

A helicopter provides a rare view of the castle – the view from the north.

Neuschwanstein - helicopter view from above

This top view reveals the audacity of the architecture of Neuschwanstein.

Neuschwanstein - helicopter view from above

Neuschwanstein in autumn

Linderhof  -  Ludwig's Second Castle

Linderhof, in valley

Linderhof Castle is set in a remote valley between Fussen and Oberammergau.

Linderhof front

Linderhof was built between 1870 and 1879, and was Ludwig's favourite residence.

Lindhof fountain

Flora and her nymphs adorn the pool in front of the central Royal Villa.

Linderhof architecture

Linderhof was built in an elaborate rococo style, recalling the Burbon Kings.

Linderhof garden

Linderhof's Eastern Flower Beds, with Venus and Adonis as centrepiece

Linderhof terrace

The Southern Terraced Hill at Linderhof is crowned by the classical Venus Temple.

Moorish Kiosk at Linderhof

The Moorish Kiosk was relocated from a castle in Bohemia and enlarged.

Linderhof from behind

View from behind and above the Palace

Herrenchiemsee  -  Ludwig's Third Castle

Herrenchiemsee setting

Herrenchiemsee is hidden on an island in Chiemsee, Bavaria's largest lake.

Herrenchiemsee front

Herrenchiemsee, inspired by Versailles, was the most expensive Ludwig project.

Herrenchiemsee gardens

The formal gardens feature many fountains and statues, both in the classical style  ...

Herrenchiemsee fountain

... and in the fantastic style of romanticism favored by King Ludwig.

Ludwig's Family's Castles and Palaces

Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace, Ludwig's birthplace in Munich, begun in 1664

Nymphenburg interior

Nymphenburg was built to be the summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria.

Nymphenburg exterior decoration

Nymphenburg's facade was redesigned in 1716 and again in 1826.

Nymphenburg Great Hall

Nymphenburg's Great Hall is used by the Bavarian Royal family for major receptions.

Nymphenburg grand parterre

The grand parterre, central feature of the 200-hectare / 490-acre Nymphenburg park

Nymphenburg gardens

The gardens date from 1671 but have been redesigned several times.

Nymphenburg Carriage Museum

Nymphenburg's Carriage Museum houses the royal family's state coaches.

Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle, near Fussen, Ludwig's boyhood home

Hohenschwangau Castle setting

Hohenschwangau Castle and village, between lakes Alpsee and Schwansee

Hohenschwangau from Neuschwanstein

Hohenschwangau Castle, seen from neighbouring Neuschwanstein Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle entrance

Entrance to Hohenschwangau Castle, built between 1833 and 1837 by Ludwig's father

Hohenschwangau Castle coat of arms

Coat of Arms of the house of Wittelsbach, still the owners of Hohenschwangau Castle

Bavarian Communities

Hopfen am See

Hopfen am See, a "suburb" of Fussen (Füssen), and home base for this tour

Hopfensee Lake

Hopfensee Lake in the morning.  How necessary is the "No Surfing"sign?

Hopfen am See mountain view

Hopfen am See, looking south from the back yard of the Landhaus Koessel

Oberammergau flowers

This restaurant in Oberammergau is a joy for many senses.

Bad Tolz

Main street of Bad Tolz, pedestrian-only after the early-morning deliveries

Munich panorama

Munich, capital of Bavaria and Germany's 3rd-largest city (metro 6 million)

Munich's Marienplatz

Munich's City Hall dominates the city's Marienplatz central square.

Marienplatz Glockenspiel

Munich City Hall's animated Glockenspiel entertains tourists three times a day.

Wieskirche, Lake Starnberg, and Andechs

Wieskirche, the Church in the Meadow

Wieskirche (The Church in the Meadow) is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Wieskirche interior

Wieskirche was built between 1745 and 1754 in rococo style.

Wieskirche meadow setting

Wieskirche:  The Church in the Meadow has a real Bavarian meadow.

Lake Starnberg Ludwig cross

Cross in Lake Starnberg where Ludwig II's body was found on June 13, 1886

Lake Starnberg Ludwig Votivchapel

Lake Starnberg – Ludwig Votivchapel, near where Ludwig's body was found

Andechs Benedictine Abbey

The Benedictine abbey of Andechs is famous for its Baroque church (1712).

Andechs Benedictine Abbey, wide view

Andechs is also a successful self-supporting economic entity, active in agriculture.

Andechs beer garden

Andechs operates farms, a brewery, a restaurant, and a very popular beer garden.

Mount Zugspitze

cable car to Mount Zugspitze

The Tyrolean Zugspitzebahn goes to the 9,718 ft summit of Mount Zugspitze.

Mount Zugspitze summit buildings

The summit buildings straddle the border between Germany and Austria.

Mount Zugspitze view of mountains

Mount Zugspitze offers breathtaking views of the Alps.

Mount Zugspitze breathtaking view


Mount Zugspitze - snow on maountain

On a clear day you can see 4 countries: Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland.

Garmisch from Mount Zugspitze

Looking down from Zugspitze on the twin towns of Garmisch- Partenkirchen

Elbsee from Mount Zugspitze

Elbsee lake, as seen from Mount Zugspitze above

Mount Zugspitze Panorama Restaurant

The comfortable Panorama Restaurant at the summit of Mount Zugspitze.