Oberammergau and Neuschwanstein Castle

Driving through the Alps

This was a day of much anticipation with the visit to these two extraordinary sites. Oberammergau is the site of the Passion Play which occurs every 10 years.

Passion Play Theater

This event came to be when citizens in 1634 offered to do Christ’s Passion in a play giving thanksgiving for being spared the Black Plague. Since that time the play has occurred every 10 years with all townspeople participating. The play runs five days a week from May 2020 through October 2020.

Oberammergau is a quaint, quiet town surrounded by majestic mountains. Homes have painted themes on them and townspeople are friendly.

And here’s my favorite home..

During our visit the town was quiet and serene. I was the sole worshiper in the Church of St. Peter and Paul. Here are some pictures.

Then there was the church cemetery with the Alps backdrop.

And next on the agenda…

The Fairy Tale Castle Neuschwanstein

What can be said regarding this masterpiece?

Neuschwanstein was the creation of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and built in the 19th century. This royal palace was created as a tribute to honor Richard Wagner, a friend of the King. Ludwig modeled the Castle after Hohenschwangau Castle where he spent his childhood and is located near Neuschwanstein.

View from Neuschwanstein noting Hohenschwangua Castle, the boyhood castle of King Ludwig II.

The Castle was built purely from King Ludwig’s funds, no citizen or tax monies were used. In today’s terms this would be $250 million. Ludwig was uniquely and intimately involved in its construction installing many new innovations such as central heating and telephones. While he never saw the completion of the Castle he did reside there during its construction.

Scenes along the trail to the Castle

There is a bus or horse carriage ride available leading to the Castle then a long walking trail leading to the entrance. On the way is a side tour to Mary’s Bridge which gives stunning distance views of the Castle.

View from Mary’s Bridge courtesy of fellow tourist Anil Gola.

Once at the Castle entrance there is timed entry with limited numbers in each group for the visit. No pictures are allowed and tour guides are well versed in King Ludwig II and Bavarian history. Visitors are able to view grand hallways, the throne room, Ludwig’s office, and bedroom as well as a theater area dedicated to Wagner, a German composer known for operas and theater composition.

The tour lasts close to an hour and a must see is the footage post tour which describes the building of the Castle. Also available post tour is a cafe with reasonable fare and several places where one can take in the beauty of the Bavarian Alps.

The lovely village surrounding the Castle has many gift shops and great restaurants with tasty German beer. While our guide stated this area pricey in viewing shops in other areas of Germany I found the prices more reasonable with good selection. Here I found a cuckoo clock I liked for 100 euros less than at another site later in the tour. Sadly I waited and if only… The cuckoo clock remains in Germany, ? next visit… 🙂

On to the Danube, farewell Neuschwanstein.