Today was our big tour of Bavaria with Mike from Mike’s Bike Tours. No we were not on bikes – it was a private, guided tour. We visited the towns of Garmisch, Ettal, and Obergammerau, as well as Castle Linderhof and Castle Neuschwanstein. The towns were the model of Bavarian towns seen in pictures and copycat towns like Helen, Georgia. Many painted buildings, picturesque churches, mountain and lake scenery. My pictures do not do it justice. The fountains of Linderhof were all boarded up for winter (naturally) so there really wasn’t much to see there. Castle Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are within sight of each other, but we only took pictures of Hohenschwangau. It was quite a climb up to Neuschwanstein and once we went in there were another 120+ stairsteps up inside. To travel all this way and not visit this well known landmark would be a shame even if the climb was quite strenuous for an old, fat guy. I also climbed around the fences blocking the path to the Marienbruke overlooking the castle. It was quite slippery and brutal climb, but I made it up and down only falling a couple of times.
After our tour we went to the Christmas Market in Marienplatz. It was very cold and we were worn out from our day, so we didn’t spend much time there and came back to the hotel to rest our bodies. Of course before leaving we did get some market delights – crepe with banana, Nutella, and Bailey’s plus a sausage sandwich.
This may come as a shock to some, but it is true – there are pretzels everywhere here! Pretzels with cheese (melted – like cheese bread), with creme cheese, with butter, with sunflower seeds, plain… practically any way you want. So far I’ve had a few and all have been good.
Well I will post a couple pictures for your viewing pleasure, but as I said they won’t do justice to the beauty we saw…