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    Bavaria Castles, Palaces: save money with the pass

    by Trekki Updated Jan 20, 2014

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    Favorite thing: For those who want to stay in Bavaria for a couple of days and are keen to visit several of the castles, palaces and gardens covered by Bavarian Palace Administration, I can highly recommend the purchase of the seasonal 14-day pass, or even of the annual pass. It is available as single and as family pass.
    The prices are as follows:
    14-day ticket: 24 Euro for one person, 40 Euro for the family version (2 adults with kids under 18 years),
    Annual ticket: 45 Euro for one person, 65 Euro for the family version (2 adults with kids under 18 years).
    The tickets are available at any of the castles ticket counters.

    Especially the family ticket is a perfect way to save money, and even if it is only for two of the various castles!

    Here some considerations and calculations for a couple. Admissions to the most popular castles are as follows:
    Neuschwanstein Castle: 2 x 12 Euro = 24 Euro
    Linderhof Palace: 2 x 8,50 Euro = 17 Euro
    Herrenchiemsee Palace: 2 x 8 Euro = 16 Euro
    Munich Residence: 2 x 13 Euro = 26 Euro
    Nymphenburg Palace: 2 x 11,50 Euro = 23 Euro.
    Total = 106 Euro when purchased as single admissions, but with the 14-days family ticket a saving of 66 Euro!!

    More information about the tickets:
    (click =>) on the website of Bavarian Palace Administration
    (click =>) the pdf version
    (click =>) an index of all the castles under Bavarian Palace Administration

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    Pfaffenwinkel: excellent information material

    by Trekki Updated Aug 4, 2013

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    Favorite thing: My trip to Pfaffenwinkel, Bavaria’s region with the highest density of fine Baroque and Rococo churches, was planned, but I didn’t think of ordering some paper information material beforehand. So I had to look for this in Schongau, one of the main towns in this region. I was very positively surprised!

    Schongau’s tourist office had such a variety of leaflets, brochures, maps, specific information about Pfaffenwinkel, Romantic Road and several other parts of southern Bavaria that I couldn’t help but take one of each. And yes, at the end I had a pile of almost 15 cm high. But it is all very much valuable. I love the interest-specific maps (see second photo) of Pfaffenwinkel for hikers and bikers and cultural information and one with general information. Each of these has a nice three dimensional panorama of the region from Benediktbeuern and Walchensee in the east to Forggensee and Neuschwanstein Castle in the west. The map is “upside down though” (north is on the lower map part). Each map has specific icons for the countless villages and towns with reference to the sights to see. The hiking and biking maps have the trails and paths marked and additional information about each in length, in sights to see along the road and places to stop by. The cultural map has specific information about the villages and sights to see, about opening hours, tours and entrance fees. Just the panorama maps are really lovely and worth a lot; well, of excellent use for the tour plans. And everything I took was free of charge. I couldn’t believe it!
    Oh here I also got the 120 pages brochure of Bavaria region “Weilheim-Schongau” with all bus maps and schedules.

    The tourist office is located just behind (north of) Schongau’s parish church Maria Himmelfahrt, in Münzstraße 1-3. Münzstraße, by the way, leads to one of Schongau’s town gates, Münztor (mint gate).

    Opening hours:
    May to October: Monday – Friday from 8:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 18:00
    November to April: Monday – Friday from 8:00 – 12:30 and additionally Monday & Tuesday from 14:00 – 16:00 and Thursday from 14:00 – 18:00.

    Location of Schongau’s Tourist Information on Google Maps.

    Pfaffenwinkel website provides also quite good information, sadly not anything for download as of the time of writing. And sadly their English part contains less information than the German part.

    © Ingrid D., June 2012 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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    Please take your trash:not many rubbish bins

    by Trekki Updated Aug 4, 2013

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    Favorite thing: When I spent my time travelling through Bavaria by car, especially on the smaller roads, I stop from time to time to take photos or have a short snack break. I was always amazed of how well organised in terms of “garbage education” the responsibles for these roads are: the majority of the small rest stops with picnic tables along the roads do not have garbage bins. But there are clear signs “Please take your garbage with you”. I find this an excellent idea, especially because it seems to raise the awareness of how to dispose of garbage. I have not seen any garbage thrown on the ground at these rest stops, neither along the roads. So it seems that people have realised not to spoil this beautiful nature by throwing trash out of the window or litter the rest stops.

    Conclusion: when you drive through rural Bavaria, bring a plastic bag or something else to collect your rubbish, and dispose of it at the nearest bin where you stay. Or ask the hotel, B&B or wherever you stay where to dispose of it.

    Update, November 2012:
    In the meantime I took photos of the often cute signs which are meant to remind people to take the rubbish back home. The one in my main photo is a good example. It does not need translations to tell what it means :-)

    © Ingrid D., July 2012 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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    Milk – fair prices for the farmers

    by Trekki Updated Aug 4, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Since early 2010 all of us who don’t live close by a dairy farm which takes care of their cows and thus the milk they produce can purchase so-called “fair” milk in selected supermarkets. As a logo this milk has a cow with black-red-gold stripes printed on the package. The idea behind is that dairy farmers get a fair price for the milk: 40 Cents instead of the otherwise paid 27 Cents. And we, the consumers, can buy milk which is in no way containing genetically modified material, since the cows are grazing on meadows and won’t be fed with GM food. Another idea behind this is that transport ways shall be as short as possible.

    A traditionally wide part of Bavaria, especially in southern Bavaria, is farm land. And traditionally the majority of farmers have not yet adapted to factory farming. But nevertheless I was positively surprised to see the fair milk’s striped cow logo now not only on the packaging but also as statues many times when I drove through southern Bavaria. Somehow it helped me to ... bring life into the fair milk concept.

    But on the other hand, it is easy for any milk lover to fill up with fresh healthy milk everywhere. The farmers often sell directly to the locals, and will of course also sell to travellers coming by.

    Website of "fair milk":
    Die faire Milch

    © Ingrid D., June 2012 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.)

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    How did Alois Hingerl become angel ALOISIUS ???

    by globetrott Updated Oct 25, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Alois Hingerl - Dienstmann Nr. 172 , aka "Aloisius" is one of the most popular caracters created by Ludwig Thoma.

    Alois Hingerl was working as an outporter (I found this word for Dienstmann in my dictionary, but it sounds strange to me) at the trainstation in Munich and died during his duty.
    He came to heaven and was not able to adapt to the "strange customs" of the angels singing Hallelujah all day long.
    He started to shout at St.Peter and God, and so they had the idea to send him down to Munich again for 1 day every week , in order to take some letters with "advices from heaven" for the governement of Bavaria.
    So angel Aloisius flew down to the townhall, took down his wings and thought, why not having a beer in Hofbräuhaus before delivering the letter...

    In Hofbräuhaus he had one beer after the other, and could not stop it, but finally forgot the letter for the governement...

    Aloisius is still sitting there, having his beer, and the governement still does not know what to do...
    This is a simply translation of the story of Aloisius.
    If you are able to understand german, you might like to read the story, with all the funny details under this link :

    CLICK here for : ALOISIUS - Ein Münchener im Himmel

    Fondest memory: Aloisius is singing Hallelujah and playing his harp on a cloud in Hofbräuhaus-Zelt on Oktoberfest - this is where I took this picture.

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    Bavaria's Holiday Routes

    by AnnaLupilla Written Jan 8, 2008

    Favorite thing: Bavaria's extensive network of popular holiday routes connects its' regional nature and cultural highlights and is the perfect finger board to the state's most beautiful and important sights:

    - Romantic Road
    - The German Alpine Road
    - The German Danube
    - The Castle Road
    - The Porcelain Road
    - The Road of Kings and Emperors
    - The Sisi-Road
    - The Cristal Road
    - Road of German Toys
    - The Steigerwald-Höhenstraße
    - Road of Beers and Castles
    - Central Franconian Road of Bocksbeutel
    - Franconian Beer Road
    - Bavarian Beer Road

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    Tourist Information

    by AnnaLupilla Updated Jan 8, 2008

    Favorite thing: Find the best ideas on leisure time, holidays and festivals in Bavaria at the tourist information in Munich.

    Fondest memory: Bayern Tourismus
    Leopoldstraße 146
    80804 München

    To order brochures call ++49 (0) 180 / 5 85 50 50 - AWARE, this costs you 0,12 € per minute!
    You can also send an email to tourismus@bayern.info
    and have a look at their website Bayern Tourismus.

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    History of Bavaria

    by grayfo Written Apr 19, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Bavaria is one of the oldest European states. It dates back to about 500 A.D., and was originally inhabited by Celts, which was part of the Roman provinces of Rhaetia and Noricum. The language was originally Old High German. The name "Bavarian" ("Baiuvari") means "Men of Baia" which may indicate Bohemia, the homeland of the Marcomanni.

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    My Eremitage

    by elgin99 Written May 23, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Bayreuth - that´s not only Wagner. It´s a cultural center, that´s true, but this town has a wonderful garden named Eremitage. Really worth seeing in Bayreuth and one of the most beautiful parks which I know. If in spring or in autumn, every time attractive.

    This first palace (New Castle) is decorated around itsself walls by stones of colored glass.

    Many flowers, big and fascinating trees, water, two cafes´, fountains and in summer season outside theater. Great landscape and wonderful gardening!

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    Hours to visit Castle Neuschwanstein

    by ophiro Updated Aug 22, 2005

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    Favorite thing: If you want to visit the castle the hours are :

    April - September: 9:00-18:00
    October -March: 10:00 - 16:00

    The prices : 9 Euro for Neuschwanstein and 18 for both castles (Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

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    The town-wall of Rothenburg

    by globetrott Updated Apr 25, 2005

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    Fondest memory: Be careful, when walking the town-wall of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, especially when you are taller than 1,86 meters.
    But of course the wall was not built for tourists, but to fight against enemies and you may still see the holes, where they were able to shoot at their enemies, and people at the medieval ages were a lot smaller than today. The biggest part of the ancient moat is used for car-parkings today.

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    Rothenburg o.d.Tauber - the entrance to town

    by globetrott Updated Apr 25, 2005

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    Favorite thing: On my picture you may see Galgentor, also called Wuerzburger Tor, close to one of the bigger car-parks in Rothenburg ob der Tauber.
    Tourist-cars better stay outside of these gates, trafic and parking inside the city of Rothenburg is restricted to localpeople and hotelguests of the hotels in the centre.

    Fondest memory: While it was almost impossible to climb over the wall, the big doors of these gates were certainly the biggest problem to defend, and therefor high towers were built there and stones and other things could be thrown upon everyone, who tried to break through these big gates.

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    Rothenburg o.d.Tauber - the Townsquare

    by globetrott Updated Apr 25, 2005

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    Favorite thing: On my picture you may see the great townhall of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. You may enter the townhall and climb up to the tower for a great view over the city and the medieval townwalls. The first part of the steps is quite easy but for the very last few steps you have to be really extra careful and not more than 6 people may stand on the platform of the tower-top.

    Fondest memory: When you click on my picture, you will see that the centre of town is paved the old fashioned way by a pavement of cobbled stones...

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    Walk around the medieval town-wall in Rothenburg

    by globetrott Updated Apr 25, 2005

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    Favorite thing: There are many cosy places all over Rothenburg ob der Tauber like this old black-smith in a halftimbered house close to "Spitaltor" (one of the towngates in the east of town.

    Fondest memory: This is what makes Rothenburg ob der Tauber so unique - it still has the old town-wall and you may even freely walk around the town that way - free of charge, at any time... even at night and when you search carefully during the day you might even find a space, where you may spend the night in a niche of one of the old towers, as long as you climb up the steep stairs late at night, when really everybody is sleeping and leave again, before the first tourists arrive....

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    Rothenburg ob der Tauber & the most famous view

    by globetrott Updated Apr 25, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the only town in Europe, that is still completely surrounded by the medieval wall and also all the houses inside these wall are still completely built in that time.
    The view of Rothenburg, that you may see on my picture is the most famous with 2 towngates on it. The 2nd one is right of it, in quite a distance and you have to enlarge the picture in order to see it.

    Fondest memory: I especially enjoyed these half-timbered houses, as every fassade is unique and has its own character.
    Rothenburg was widely destroyed during WW II and was completely rebuilt afterwards.

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