Germany/Italy/Switzerland 2006: Table of Contents

Heidelberg, Germany – Monday Heidelberg, Germany – Tuesday/Wednesday Heidelberg, Germany – Thursday Würzburg, Germany – Friday Rothenburg, Germany – Saturday Rothenburg, Germany – Sunday Nymphenburg Palace, Germany – Monday Oberammergau, Linderhof Palace, the Wieskirke, and Füssen, Germany – Tuesday Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles, Germany – Wednesday Füssen to Austria to St. Moritz to Lake Como, Italy – Thursday Lake Como, … Continue Reading →

Interlaken, Switzerland – Monday

The morning after our day in Zermatt, we caught the train back to our car, and then headed for Interlaken, also in Switzerland. It was a shorter drive, so we got there by lunchtime. The drive was really cool:

The Klein Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland – Sunday

After lunch, we headed out to the cable car to go to the top of the Klein (Little) Matterhorn. On the walk to the cable car ride, we found that the Matterhorn had come out of hiding!

The Gornergrat, Zermatt, Switzerland – Sunday

Sunday morning, we took the Gornergrat, a cog train up to a glacier with a nice view of the Matterhorn and the whole range of mountains, include the tallest mountian in Switzerland, the Dufourspitze. All the way up the mountain, it was a wall of white clouds and we couldn’t see anything. But we only had the one day, so … Continue Reading →

The Drive to Zermatt, Switzerland – Saturday

Goodbye to Lake Como! I think this picture of Lake Lugano. The drive to Zermatt was interesting. It took us so long to drive around Lake Como, that we were afraid we’d have the same agony driving around Lake Maggiore. So we opted to take this little road that cuts across from one side of the V shaped lake to … Continue Reading →

Villa Carlotta, Lake Como, Italy – Friday

After visiting Villa Balbianello and lunch, we went to see Villa Carlotta,in Tremezzo, which has a lovely lake view, but is on the oother side of the road from the lake. It has immense gardens that are vertically built into the hills, so lots of ups and downs and tiers. The villa itself is full of statues and art and … Continue Reading →

Lake Como, Italy – Friday

Today, Friday, went better than I had hoped – we met the lovely Gigliola at 9am, and she is a professional tourguide and worked with the Star Wars production when they shot here. She gave us a lovely tour of all the places they shot scenes from Star Wars, all along the way, she pointed out spots where the crew … Continue Reading →

Füssen to Austria to St. Moritz to Lake Como, Italy – Thursday

Goodbye to Füssen! Today we drove to Italy – through the mountains in Germany and Austria, through the mountains of Switzerland, and into Italy. Four countries in one day. Easy border crossings – just gestured through. We stopped for a restroom break and to take in the view in Austria – they had a beautiful view of the tallest German … Continue Reading →

Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles, Germany – Wednesday

Here are a few more images around Füssen: Today was Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, two castles used by Ludwig – Neuschwanstein, was built by him, Hohenschwangau, was his parents, and his after his father’s death. His father rebuilt Hohenschwangau, and designed it in a gothic style – gorgeous paintings on the walls. I really liked them. Unfortunately, no pics were allowed … Continue Reading →

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 … Continue Reading →

Nymphenburg Palace, Germany – Monday

Monday morning, August 14, we packed up and left Rothenburg, and continued (in the correct direction), down the Romantishe Strasse, towards Munich. Outside of Munich is Schloss Nymphenburg, which belonged to, among others, Ludwig I. The castle is immense and sprawling, with huge grounds. It was a little hard to find, because we didn’t have any good maps of Munich … Continue Reading →

Rothenburg, Germany – Sunday

Sunday, August 13, 2006 Sunday, the 13th, we continued wandering all over town: Along the Herrngasse: Here is the Burgtor, the largest and oldest gate tower in Rothenburg, dating from the 12th century. (And a building and the wall near it!)