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    Half day hike with guide, herbs and fabulous views

    by Trekki Updated Mar 25, 2014
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    Oberammergau’s Tourist Office offers a lot of different guided walks through town. In addition to these town walks there is also a guided herb walk through Oberammergau’s surroundings, lead by herb specialist Martin Unruh, son of Unruh family who have a B&B in town. I joined this walk on my first Monday in Oberammergau and liked it very much.

    These herb walks take place every Monday, meeting point is 13:00 (1 p.m.) in front of the tourist office. Appropriate shoes (hiking shoes or shoes with good grip) are a must because the path leads up and down the slopes of Kofel Mountain.
    We started our walk along Ammer River heading east to the bottom of Kofel Mountain. There we turned south (right) to a field called “Döttenbichl”. It was here where locals found remains of Celts and Romans, which lead to the assumption that settlements have been here long before the Romans came. It is said that this was once a Celtic place for fire sacrificing. The Roman finds can be clearly assigned to the Roman legion which later was beaten in the battle of Teutoburg Forest, because the arrowheads have marks of the 19th legion.
    From this rather eerie place we continued our walk around the foot of Kofel mountain, into the forests and then into Graswang Valley, which is the valley where Linderhof Castle (of King Ludwig II) is located too. The valley is named after the little village of Granwang, which we passed. Our hike continued through the valley, which is characterised by the rather flat marshland of the Ammer River springs. Ammer River, which flows northward and eventually into Ammersee (Lake Ammer) does not have one spring but is fed by small streams in this valley, namely by Linder (which gave Linderhof Castle its name). This feeding takes place below the ground, for quite some kilometres, but here and there Ammer river surfaces in little ponds (karst springs). That these are not only ponds can be seen by the little bubbles which come to the surface from time to time. I tried to capture them in my last photo. Just watching these was very enchanting and I felt a special energy here in this valley. It must be fabulous earlier in the year, especially during spring, when the marshland is exploding in colour. When I was here it was late October, so not many flowers were blooming.
    At a point in time during our hike we were quite hungry, so we made a short stop in restaurant Ettaler Mühle for soup and sweets and something to drink. And then we simply followed Ammer River until we reached Oberammergau at approximately 18:30 (6:30 p.m.).

    I thoroughly enjoyed this hike, especially because Martin Unruh is not only a fabulous nature teacher but also because he is funny and nice to hike with. He speaks English too, so would have given all explanations to foreigners too.
    This hike is free of charge for all holders of Koenigscard. I don’t know if they charge for guests without this card though.

    © Ingrid D., March 2014 (So please do not copy my text or photos without my permission.).

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    Gem of a church

    by Donna_in_India Updated Mar 4, 2012

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    Inside church of Saints Peter and Paul

    After having lunch in town we continued walking around admiring the beautiful painted buildings when we happened upon the Church of Saints Peter and Paul. It is one of the main churches in Oberammergau and from the outside was very plain looking but inside was just a gem.

    The church was built between 1736 and 1749. It was designed by Joseph Schmuzer, an architect and a stucco artist. Inside are beautiful frescoes and sculpture work created by other artists.

    Outside of the church was a cemetery with some rather elaborate grave markers – crosses, statues, etc.

    Make sure to stop in for a visit when you're in Oberammergau.

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    Ettal Abbey

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 18, 2011

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    It is close to Oberammergau and has 50 practicing monks here. It was founded in 1330, but did not hits its fame until 1709 when it became a Knight Academy. The complex burned in 1744, and was then rebuilt in Baroque style

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    OBERAMMERAGAU FRESCOES

    by balhannah Updated Sep 27, 2011

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    Oberammeragau is another one of those delightful Bavarian villages with homes covered in beautiful frescoes [Luftlmalerei.]
    No need really to pick up a map, I didn't, I just went walking and found plenty of them. Quite a few have religious themes, but no wonder!...This is where the famous Passion Play is held every 10years, the last being held in 2010. Others are of traditional Bavarian themes and fairy tales.....

    Check out Little Red Riding Hood at Ettaler Strasse 48 and Hansel & Gretal at Ettaler Strasse 41.

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    PLAGUE FOUNTAIN

    by balhannah Written Sep 14, 2011

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    Walking around the main centre of Oberammergau, I came across this beautiful Copper fountain.
    On a closer look, the fountain is depicting death, disease and suffering from the Plague.

    There are many fountains and monuments around Europe about the plague, this is one of them!

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    St Peter and Paul parish church

    by mvtouring Updated Oct 29, 2010

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    This church dates back to the 18th century and was designed by Joseph Schmuzer. The foundations were laid on the 21st May 1737 and all went well with the building until 1741 when the locals refused to work without pay.

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    Passion play House

    by mvtouring Written Oct 29, 2010

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    The Passion stage is one of the largest open air stages in the world. The original text of the play stems from more than one source and has been altered several times in the course of its 350 year history. The staging of the play has changed very little since the 1920's. The impressive massive scenes call for up to 800 actors on stage at the same time.
    Only citizens of Oberammergau is allowed to partake as actors.

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    History museum

    by mvtouring Written Oct 29, 2010

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    Visiting the museum you will see 350 years of local art in one building. Some of the pieces leave you breathless and you cannot believe the fine detail that went into the pieces. Obviously done with great love and care. Do not miss the crib collection which is absolutely outstanding.

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    Passion play

    by mvtouring Written Oct 29, 2010

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    Oberammergau is probably best known for the Passion play which happens every 10 year and we were lucky to go there in the year when they performed it for the 100th time. It dates back to 1633 when the villagers made a solumn pledge.

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    Spaghetti Ice Cream . . . really!

    by Beausoleil Updated Mar 1, 2010

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    You will see signs for Spaghetti Eis and that is spaghetti ice cream. Sounds horrible, doesn't it? Well, give it a try. We finally couldn't resist and were so glad we tried it. The only thing spaghetti about it is the looks. They put very tasty vanilla ice cream through a spaghetti machine so it looks exactly like a bowl of spaghetti. That is topped with a delicious strawberry sauce that is red so looks like spaghetti sauce. I don't know if it is served all year or only in strawberry season when we were there, but it is a major taste treat and a super idea if your feet are weary from walking all over town and you want a bit of a rest.

    You will see signs all over town so pick the place with the best view and settle in for a taste treat and some relaxation.

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    Cute Town...

    by Donna_in_India Updated Aug 16, 2008

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    House in Oberammergau

    Less then an hour after leaving Munich (driving our rental) we arrived in Oberammergau. Originally world famous for being the village of woodcarvers it later became known for hosting the Passion Play. The play is about the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ that is performed every ten years (next in 2010).

    Many of the buildings in the town had paintings or woodcarvings on them. We stopped for lunch (soup and German hot dogs) at an outdoor café.

    Since it was early in the season and not a play year, the town was very empty. Still it was nice to walk around the town and see all the interesting buildings. We bought a few small wood carvings and some glass Christmas ornaments before leaving.

    Some people have complained that Oberammergau was/is too touristy. I didn't find that at all. In fact I found it charming. Maybe because it was off season..? Still I'd make a stop here if you're traveling between Munich and the castles.

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    Pilatus Haus

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 6, 2008

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    Pilatus Haus is the most beautiful house of Oberammergau. Its name comes from the wonderful fresco on the facade made in 1784. It shows Jusus in front of Pontius Pilate with nice architectures. On the East facade you can see a nice fresco showing the resurrection.

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    Luftlmalerei

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Aug 6, 2008

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    Luftlmalerei Houses
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    Luftlmalerei is avery diffused style of wall painting in Baviera. It was born in the XVII century as derivation of the Italian style "trompe oil". A famous exponent of Luftlmalerei was Franz Seraph Zwinck (1748-1792) who live in Oberammergau.

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    Buildings that are truly works of art.

    by hundwalder Updated Feb 19, 2007

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    Great choice for a hotel / restaurant
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    Altstadt ( old town ) Oberammergau boasts many beautiful Bavarian chalet style buildings like those shown in these photos. Throughout the 18th. and 19th. centuries it was a common practice throughout much of Bavaria, Tirol, and sud-Tirol, to incorporate relief sculptures, frescoes, portraits, and intricate designs, directly into the exterior walls of buildings. The frescoes were painted immediately after the walls were stuccoed, allowing the paint and stucco to dry at the same time. The art indicated the status, trade, or profession of the building's owners. The practice of painting these frescoes began in about 1730, and is still done to a limited extent nowadays.

    Many of the frescoes are scenes from the locally staged and world famous Passion of Christ play. Photo #1 shows the front of a popular hotel / restaurant. The central frescoe depicts the crucifiction of Christ. The entire hotel which was built about 300 years ago, is beautifully decorated. The hotel and restaurant are top quality and a good value. If you want to book a room for the 2010 passion play, now ( 2007 ) would not be any too soon.

    The building in Photo #2 houses a handicraft shop, a woodcarver's shop, and living quarters for the workers and their families. Did I mention that the citizens of this fantastic little city are wonderfully old fashioned ?

    Photo #3 shows another perfectly maintained building with a fascinating upper balcony. All of altstadt Oberammergau combines to form one great work of art. Take the time to savor this great city, and don't be in a hurry.

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    Go swimming!!

    by debtravers Written Nov 21, 2006

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    Alpine Pool Wellenberg is where to go... its stunning location plus there are three open air and three indoor pools, two water slides, an adventure pool, a large sun-bathing area, saunas, a solarium, a restaurant and a bar.
    Summer season opening times: May to September 9.30am - 9pm
    Winter season opening times: October to April 10am - 9pm
    Check out www.oberammergau.de and click on wellenberg for details of pricing, bit too much info to include here.

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