Our trip included attending the last performance for another ten years of Oberammergau's famous Passion Play, riding a cable-car to the glorious top of the Zugspitze in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and hiking up verdant hillsides to visit King Ludwig's castles. We enjoyed lazy afternoon picnics beside deep clear green-water glacial lakes accessed by private roads, and long exploratory drives trying to find the homes where I lived over 40 years ago (before the road system expanded). It wasn't hard to recreate my middle-of-the-night ambulance route through the Black Forest from Bad Tölz to Munich where my second child was born (while my late husband was in Norway). And the downhill sweep of Bad Tölz' charming main street is still there, with its long-remembered outstanding bakery, although now the town center is reserved for pedestrians and scaffolding while old stucco and frescoes are being renewed. We found the much-restored house where I lived in Bad Tölz, but my homes in Fleck (with its German proverbs painted above the doorways) and Lenggries were harder to pinpoint after so many years.
King Ludwig's Linderhof Castle
Fresco painting in Garmisch
Typical carved and flower-covered balcony
Lakeside for an afternoon picnic
Small private chapel on farm
Would you like to have a tour of the Versailles-inspired Schloss Linderhof, my favorite of King Ludwig's three castles? And see more examples of beautiful Bavarian frescos? Or some exquisite Oberammergau wood carvings?
If so, I'll be back. :)