Situated among the rolling mountains of Bavaria 12 km west of Oberammergau is Linderhof Palace and its magnificent gardens. It was built by the mad king Ludwig II. Swimming against the tide of constitutional monarchies developing in the Europe of his time, Ludwig was a firm believer in the divine right of kings and modeled himself after Louis XIV.
The gardens are equally exotic and contain the Moorish Kiosk Ludwig purchased after it was shown at the 1867 Paris Exhibition. Ludwig's favorite, though, was the Venus Grotto, which he designed in 1876, a false cavern complete with lake and stalactites and stalagmites constructed from canvas and plaster.
the church of Oberammergau
It is a pity I had been there such a short time and the church was locked already.
Next time I will have a look there as well.
Parking close to the church was easy at 8.00 p.m., but during the day you certainly will not easily find a parking inside the centre.
Oberammergau -the Passion Play and painted houses
Who has not heard of Oberammergau, the world-famous village in the Bavarian Alps? The name at least is familiar to most people. Oberammergau has became world famous because of the passion plays performed in the village every ten years. More than 2,000 Oberammergau villagers will take part in the passion plays, fulfilling the solems promise of their forefathers to perform a play depicting the passion of Christ.
The latest performance was in 2000 --will you be there in 2010?