Oberammergau, Linderhof Palace, the Wieskirke, and Füssen, Germany – Tuesday

After Nymphenberg, we stayed overnight in Oberammergau, which is in the mountains and has lovely scenery. It’s also the site of a huge Passion Play that has been put on every 10 years for centuries. Basically, after war and plague decimated much of the area, the residents of Obserammergau promised God that they would be a Passion Play every 10 years, if He would spare them further deaths from the plague. They were spared, and thus, every 10 years, they still do a Passion Play. And people travel to see it. There was no Passion Play this year. We didn’t see much of the town, as we weren’t there for very long. But there are some pretty painted houses like the Red Riding Hood House:
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Here is the Zugspitze – the tallest mountain in Germany! The hotel in Oberammergau was somewhat disappointing, which is a shame. The sheets smelt a bit smoky, and it just wasn’t as nice as other places we’d stayed. We packed up and left in the morning after an ok breakfast, and headed to Linderhof.
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The short walk from the parking lot to where you queue up to get on a tour was lovely:
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Linderof was Ludwig II’s private palace, which is very influenced by Versailles, and le Petite Trianon there. No pics allowed inside, but it is stunning – very beautiful – and all for just him. He didn’t give audiences there or entertain – he didn’t have mistresses or wives. Honestly, he kind of seemed like the Michael Jackson of his day (minus the small boys). He very much liked trying to create a fantasy for himself – and had several cottages decorated in Moroccan or Arabian theme, and he’d make his servants dress up and lounge around like scenery.

The Moroccan House was built in Morocco for the International Exhibition in Vienna 1873. The king bought it in 1878 and redecorated. Here are some pics:
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And the Moorish Kiosk, designed for the International Exhibition in Paris in 1867 – Ludwig ended up buying it – it has an impressive Peacock Throne:
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Then, of course, there is the obvious fantasy of creating a French palace from centuries earlier (Ludvig post-dates the Sun King by quite a bit of time.) He had an artificial grotto created to resemble the Realm of Venus from Tannhauser – Ludwig was a big Wagner fan and like Michael owns the rights to the Beatles catalog, he owned the rights to much of Wagner’s work. Ludwig would have operas acted out for him – where he would watch them in his grotto, from his swan boat.

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Not surprisingly, he was finally declared insane, and died under mysterious circumstances – drowned, with his doctor, in the lake by Neuschwanstein. Murder is speculated but was never able to be proven.

Linderhof is mainly where he lived, since his other two castles were never finished. He had a beautiful bedroom with blue velvet, a table that could drop down a floor below and be loaded with food. Only one chair at the table! He had a throne room with a gorgeous throne with green velvet curtains lined with ermine. It took two women 2 years to embroider the Bavarian coat of arms that hangs above it. 100 stitches to the centimeter.

The grounds are lovely, with parterres – it stretches up the hillside in a line, in both directions from the palace. We climbed up both ways, and I took pics of what I could!

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Next we headed towards Füssen, stopping in Wies to see the Wieskirke – a rococo church – gorgeous! I took lots of pics there. It’s a pilgrimage church in the middle of a cow pasture – you wouldn’t expect to see such a thing there. But it’s stunningly beautiful inside!

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Then on to Füssen – we did pass Neuschwanstein…
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…and Hohenshwangau as we drove, way off in the distance. We’ll visit those tomorrow.
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We are staying at the Hotel Zum Hechten in Füssen – it’s very nice – our room is new, very modern and clean. And it’s right on the Haubtstrasse equivalent – so very convenient for shopping/eating. We were very happy with it!
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And a few quick pics of Füssen:
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