Our first destination is King Ludwig II's NEUSCHWANSTEIN, Germany's
most famous castle, and probably the most famous in the world, perched
atop Swan Rock in the foothills of the Alps.
First we go to Marienbruecke (Mary's Bridge) sitting high above the
Poellat Gorge, where you can take the best pictures.
From there we walk downhill for our inside guided tour. Neuschwanstein was
designed for Ludwig by Christian Jank, a theatrical
set designer, and built in the period from 1869 to 1876 incorporating
the latest technologies of the day. Marvel at
its architecture, opulence, and stunning views.
Our next stop is at WIESKIRCHE, the Church in the Meadow,
an oval rococo church built between 1745 and 1754 as a shrine for a new sacred
The Church in the Meadow actually is in a remote rural setting, in a
meadow, with horses grazing nearby.
The interior is decorated with frescoes and elaborate stuccowork.
The Wieskirche underwent extensive restoration between 1985 and 1991, and
is the only monument in the region on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.
We continue to picturesque OBERAMMERGAU, the village
internationally famous for the Passion Play which it mounts every ten years in thanks
for being spared during the bubonic plague.
Oberammergau is also famous for the "Lüftlmalerei," or frescoes, of
traditional Bavarian themes, fairy tales, or religious scenes that are
found on many homes and buildings.
Oberammergau has a long tradition of woodcarving, and the streets of the town are home
to dozens of woodcarver shops and Christmas shops.
Our final destination is LINDERHOF CASTLE,
King Ludwig II's beautiful palace tucked away in the mountains. This most
elegant of Ludwig's creations was built between 1870 and 1879, in an
elaborate rococo style recalling the Bourbon Kings. This is the
only one of Ludwig's own creations where he lived for any appreciable
period of time.
We tour inside the palace and you have time to go for a
stroll in the formal gardens. (The Grotto is closed for extensive
restoration until 2022.)
We arrive back in Füssen at about 6 p.m.