A day of Bavarian Castles

A day of Bavarian Castles

Bavarian Castles

Bavarian Castles

On day three we decided to visit some Bavarian Castles.  But having been to Neuschwanstein already I decided to skip the inside tour and just do the hike to Mary’s Bridge.  There are so many castles with older and just as impressive art and decor that we would be able to visit, including another castle later in the day.

So we got parked and then caught the horse and buggy as a treat.  This is when we confirmed that the husband IS in fact… allergic to horses.  Whoops….

We arrived at the top and had a nice lunch at the little shop before we get to the castle.  After we finished stuffing our faces we continued the rest of the way to the castle and walked through the inner courtyard.

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From there we continued up to the bridge.  As I have said before in previous visits – if you go… go out on the bridge!

Looking down from Mary's Bridge

Looking down from Mary’s Bridge

neuschwanstein Castle from Mary's Bridge

Neuschwanstein Castle from Mary’s Bridge

On our way back we ran into a watercolor artist painting the castle and selling his work along the path.  Now if you know me or follow my blog or vlogs you know I LOVE to collect artwork along my travels.  So anything like this is always a perfect opportunity to add to that collection.

Painter working along the path

Painter working along the path

I was talking to him about his work and his pens and he was so kind and actually drew a second picture on my envelope showing me some of his tricks of the trade.  It was very special and I will cherish my painting(s) always!

Once we finished sightseeing here we packed back into the car and drove on to The Linderhof Palace in Ettal.  This is the smallest of King Ludwig II’s three palaces – but the inside is still spectacular.  Ludwig had gone on hunting trips in the Bavarian Alps as a child.  He inherited the original palace when he became king and began expanding.  He chose to design the building in the second rococo style.  Nice and over the top!  It is funny to listen to all of the comments people make about how they could never live in such a guilded and outlandish place.  But it is beautiful.  Yes, it is over the top, but that is what makes it a piece of art on its own right.

Linderhof Palace in Ettal

Linderhof Palace in Ettal

Linderhof Palace in Ettal

Linderhof Palace in Ettal

Linderhof Palace in Ettal

Linderhof Palace in Ettal

Not only was the palace itself amazing, the grounds were worth the trip alone!

Linderhof Palace Grounds

Linderhof Palace Grounds

Linderhof Palace Grounds

Linderhof Palace Grounds

Linderhof Palace Grounds

Linderhof Palace Grounds

Linderhof Palace Grounds

Linderhof Palace Grounds

Linderhof Palace Grounds

Linderhof Palace Grounds

Linderhof Palace Grounds

Linderhof Palace Grounds

 

We thoroughly enjoyed walking through the grounds and enjoying the gardens.  Just like earlier in the day – the outside is just as impressive if not more than the inside.  Linderhof is a smaller castle but the inside is rather impressive!  After finishing our tour we headed back to enjoy our last night in Garmisch.

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