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Three days in Munich

July 17,18,19

We drove to Munich and checked into Holiday Inn hotel in Munich. We avoided the tollway and drove through small towns and villages to reach Munich. On our way, we stopped at a small German Bakery and had had some bread filled with meat and salami and then coffee. We found the bread to be very fresh and coffee excellent.


Having coffee at German Bakery

We did not go out and decided to relax in the hotel for a change. In the late evening , we were looking for a place to have dinner.


Dinner at Restaurant Delhi Palace

We needed a change and found an Indian restaurant called Delphi Palace, not very far from the hotel. We had early dinner and came back to the hotel.


Munich Holiday Inn hotel

On the second day, we decided to visit the world famous Neuschwanstein castle and the well known town Oberammergau. This was about two hours drive from the hotel.

The Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited castles in Germany and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. More than 1.3 million people visit this castle every year. It was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as the “Fairytale King”. King Ludwig was a great admirer and supporter of Richard Wagner, the world-renowned composer. The Castle was built in his honor and many rooms in the castle’s interior were inspired by Wagner’s characters.


Neuschwanstein Castle seen from the bridge

Neuschwanstein castle is located in the Alps in Bavaria, Germany, in a magnificent landscape, on the top of a hill. Neuschwanstein overlooks the Hohenschwangau valley with an extremely beautiful landscape. The construction of the Neuschwanstein castle began in 1869, and originally it was projected to last three years. But Ludwig II wanted the castle to be perfect, so the immense building was not finished even at Ludwig’s death in 1886 and it is not completely finished to this day.
This fairytale look of the Neuschwanstein castle inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom. Today, Neuschwanstein is the most visited castle in Germany, and one of the most popular tourist destination in the world.
There are day tours which take people from Innsbruck to the castle and back. We decided to drive there on our own. When we are about two kilometers from the castle, we get a very good view of the castle. Many people stop their cars on the road and take photos of the castle. When we arrived at the bottom of the castle, the place was full of people. We managed to park our car at the bottom of the castle. The narrow road up the hill to the castle is restricted to passenger buses and horse carts. You have to either walk up the steep road or take the bus or take the horse cart. We decided to take the bus.


Mala and Andrew with the castle in the background

The bus took us up to a point and dropped us not very far from the castle. On the way to the castle there is a side road and a foot bridge. You cannot go to the castle that way. People go there because the bridge is the best place to take a photo of the castle. You get a fantastic view of the castle from the bridge. We took some photos and then took the real path to the castle which was another ten minute walk from the bridge. When you reach the castle, you can see how big the entire castle is. It is a huge structure. Restoration work on the front part of the building is still going on.


Walking down hill from the castle

We spent some time in the castle and then started climbing down. We could have taken the bus, but we decided to walk back along the steep path. It was easier to walk down hill.


One of the Oberammergau shops

Next stage of our tour was to visit Oberammergau. This small Bavarian town has become world famous due to its Passion play which is staged every tenth year ending with a zero. In 1633, the residents of Oberammergau, vowed that if God spared them from the plague ravaging the region, they would produce a play for all time every 10 years depicting the life and death of Jesus. The death rate among adults rose from one person per 1000 per year in October 1632 to twenty in the month of March 1633. The adult death rate slowly subsided to one in the month of July 1633. The villagers believed they had been spared and they kept their part of the vow when the play was first performed in 1634.


Another example of an Oberammergau religious shop

The play is now performed repeatedly over a period of five months during every year ending in zero. The last set of performances was from May 15 to October 3, 2010 and the next is scheduled for 2020. The production involves over 2,000 performers, musicians and stage technicians, all residents of the village. They do not take outsiders to perform in the play.
We drove to this little town just to have a quick look. It was a fascinating town with many shops selling Christmas decorations and various religious items including statues. We went through some of the shops and bought a few items, then had coffee from a small bakery.

On the third day, we visited the main city centre of Munich. It was a huge city with a huge shopping area. We knew we cannot take the car to the city. There was a direct tram bus from the hotel to the city. We took the tram to the city. There are some important buildings in the city centre area. The main street in Munich city is Marienplatz. This street is always full of tourists.


The New Towh Hall on Marienplatz

The New Town Hall on Marienplatz in Munich is the seat of the Lord Mayor, the city council and headquarters of the city administration. It was built from 1867 to 1909 in three stages by Georg von Hauberrisser in the neo-Gothic style.

We walked around the city for a long time and did some shopping and finally came to the hotel to relax.

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