Munich Orientation and Munich Residence

   
Munich skyline

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

Munich's Olympic Park

Munich's Olympic Park, site of the 1972 Summer Olympics

Munich's Olympic Park

Olympic Park is still an integral part of the life of Munich (München)

Konigsplatz, Munich

Konigsplatz (Königsplatz), created at the command of Crown Prince Ludwig

Munich's Ludwigstrasse

Munich's Ludwigstrasse, Residence, Odeonsplatz, and Theatine Church (L-R)

Munich's National Theatre

Munich's opera house, the National Theatre

Marienplatz, Munich

Marienplatz is Munich's central square, dominated by the Rathaus (city hall).

Munich Residence

Munich Residence, the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs

Neuschwanstein Castle

   
Neuschwanstein Castle, with fog

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

Neuschwanstein - helicopter wide shot

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

Neuschwanstein Castle

Schloss Neuschwanstein (Neuschwanstein Castle), seen from Mary's Bridge

Neuschwanstein Castle entrance

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

Neuschwanstein - helicopter view from the north

The 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.

Singers' Hall at Neuschwanstein

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

Hohenschwangau, seen from Neuschwanstein

Hohenschwangau as seen from Neuschwanstein in the 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

Bavaria – Oberammergau and Wiekirche

   
Oberammergau restaurant

This restaurant in Oberammergau is a joy for many senses.

Oberammergau frescoes

Businesses as well as homes are adorned with elaborate frescoes.

Oberammergau Christmas store

Oberammergau's many Christmas stores feature local wood carrvings.

Oberammergau Christmas store

Christkindlmarkt

Wieskirche - The Church in the Meadow

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

Wieskirche

It was built between 1745 and 1754 in rococo style, and restored 1985-91.

Wieskirche interior

The interior was decorated with Wessobrunner-style frescoes and stuccowork.

Wieskirche's meadow setting

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

Vienna and its Schönbrunn Palace

   

Vienna's Hofburg Imperial Palace was the home of the Hapsburg dynasty

Austrian Parliament Building

The Austrian Parliament Building in Vienna, built between 1874 and 1883

Vienna State Opera House

Vienna State Opera House, home of the world-famous State opera company

Vienna City Hall

Celebrations in front of Vienna's Rathaus (City Hall), built 1872 - 1883

t. Stephen's Cathedral, Vienna

St. Stephen's Cathedral in central Vienna, on the site of an 1147 parish church

Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

Schönbrunn Palace evolved over centuries from a hunting lodge begin in 1696

Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

Queen Maria Theresa made Schönbrunn the imperial summer residence

Neptune Fountain, Schonbrunn Palace, Vienna

The Neptune Fountain, one element of Maria Theresa's gardens and park plan

Schonbrunn Palace gardens

The 18th century gardens are used for current day concerts and celebrations

Gloriette, Schonbrunn Palace

The Gloriette crowns a 60m / 200 ft hill overlooking the Palace and Vienna

Tiergarten, Schonbrunn Palace

Maria Theresa's Tiergarten first opened in 1752, and is the world's oldest zoo.

Palm House pavilions, Schonbrunn

The Palm House pavilions with temperate and tropical sections, added in 1881-82

Salzburg

   
Salzburg skyline

Salzburg has one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps.

Mirabell Palace, Salzburg

Mirabell Palace, built by a Prince Bishop in 1606 for his mistress

Mozart's birthplace, Salzburg

Mozart was born in a home on Getreidegasse and raised in Salzburg

Salzburg Cathedral

17th century baroque Salzburg Cathedral was the site of Mozart's baptism

Fortress Hohensalzburg

Fortress Hohensalzburg, on Festungsberg hill, can now be reached by funicular.

Fortress Hohensalzburg

The fortress, begun in 1077, is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.

Fortress Hohensalzburg

Its hilltop location gave the fortress a view (and control) of a wide region.

Hellbrunn Palace, Salzburg

Hellbrunn Palace, built in 1613-19 by the Prince-Archbishop of Salzburg

Melk Abbey

   
Melk Abbey in	Wachau Valley

Melk Abbey overlooks the Danube River, adjoing the Wachau Valley in Melk.

Melk Abbey

The Benedictine abbey was founded in 1089 with a gift from Leopold II of Austria.

Melk Abbey

Today's Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736.

Melk Abbey Church

The high point of the monastery is the church, noted for its frescoes.