After four lovely days of sightseeing in and around Munich, we met our London children and grandchildren. The boys favorite thing is to go to the Bayern Munich sports store as they are big fans. They also cheered for the USA team in the World Cup, but were very excited that their favorite team, Germany, won it all!
|Our interesting tour guide in native dress!|
|Neuschwanstein Castle from the observation bridge|
The artwork in the castle was inspired by the operas of Richard Wagner, to whom the king dedicated the canstle, and the corresponding medieval legends from his works. Apparently, Wagner did not appreciate the lavish expenditures and never set foot in the place.
The throne room is magnificently decorated with frescos of angels, ironically the king died before the actual throne was built. Despite the medieval motif of the decor, the castle was actually outfitted with latest technology of the time with running water and central heating.
We had an interesting tour with a history professor who poked a lot of holes in the stories told about Ludwig and this castle in particular. He was insistent on giving on the FACTS! He was both entertaining and somewhat annoying, but made for an interesting day.
|Max & Alex at the Medieval Christmas Market|
Katie and the boys took us to the Nymphenurg Palace that was a short walk from where we were staying. The boys enjoyed running in the garden to work off some of their energy and excitement. We did not go into the Palace since they had been there before and were more interested in getting to the Christmas Market and Bayern Munich store. We will visit again the next time we are in Munich.
Nymphenburg Palace, i. e., "Castle of the Nymph", is a Baroque palace in Munich, Bavaria, southern Germany. The palace is the main summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria of the House of Wittelsbach. The palace, together with its park, is now one of the most famous sights of Munich. The baroque facades comprise an overall width of about 700 meters. Some rooms still show their original baroque decoration while others were later redesigned in rococo or neoclassical style.
After a two hour train trip from München Hauptbahnhof, we arrived in Oberstdorf in the Bavarian Alps where the kids frequently vacation in summer and winter. The train is a great way to travel with the only challenge being all of the luggage. We have been traveling with four large duffels without wheels (ugh!) and they had ski clothes and Christmas presents in four large roller bags. It was quite humorous to watch us shuttle all the bags off the train, onto the platform, then on to the connecting train, then off again and through the ski village to our chalet! Where is a SkyCap when you need one?
|Look who we found walking down the street!|
While they skied in Germany and Austria, we enjoyed the village and lunches out. And, of course, the Mulled Wine, called "Glühwein" in German, as it is a traditional and tasty Christmas drink in Germany and the prefect treat for cold winter days. We were enjoying the various German sausages, drinks and hot chocolate! I don't think we could handle it everyday without gaining a lot of weight!