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Published: August 8th 2013
Obermmergue, Weissach to Bannwaldsee Schwangau 31 July 2013
Over the last couple of days we have learned how proud Bavarians are of being Bavarians. It’s good to see and hear. So we continued our journey through the region.
After staying near the beautiful little village of Weissach in Austria, and before we left we had a walk around the village and along the shore of the Lake. They had made the foreshore really interesting with its different sized brass figurines, representing the music and other arts that is so popular in the area. There were again, many multi-coloured flower pots and hanging baskets.
We were then off to Obermmergue. This is where the Passion Theatre was. Why this is famous is that during the end of the 30-war, and during the occupation by the Swedish Army, Bavaria was hit by the plague. The rulers at the time made a promise that if there was not another death from the time of the promise; they would put on a play every 10 years to celebrate. There were no more deaths (80-odd people had died before the promise) so the Passion Theatre was built in 1634 and the religious-based play
was produced and presented and since then, has been performed every 10 years – nice story.
Of course the building has been rebuilt and improved over the years and the script and production has become more sophisticated. The other reason the area is famous is for its wood carvers who carved different sized figurines’ and so they helped to make the props for the play from the very beginning.
We had a look around the Obermmergue Museum which was built in 1910.
During lunch in a beautiful park in Obermmergue, we remembered Kerrie telling up about the fairytale/Disneyland castle in Germany near the Swiz border, so we looked it up and we were only about 30 kms away so we changed our plans (as you do!) and drove to see Neuschwanstein Castle. Well, what a beautiful site when it came into view. It looked like a fairytale castle.
We drove to the touristy village of Schwangau where you buy the tickets to go to this and the Museum and another castle close by. We bought our ticket for the 6.30pm tour (you can only see the castle with a tour guide), so we had 3 hours
to ‘kill’ so booked into Camping Bannwaldsee (1st
park we went to was booked out) which was about 5 kms from the castle.
We then decided to ride our bikes back to the castle. It was another very hot day so when we got back to the town, we had a cold beer, parked our bikes and then started walking up the mountain to the entrance to the Castle where the guided tour started.
The castle was magnificent. It was built by King Ludwig 11 who was known to be exentric. Ther castle was palatial…and massive. The ceiling and wall frescos were stunning and the portraits of the royal family were prominent features on the walls. Some room trimmings were gold plated. Other rooms were lined with deep maroon wallpaper etc. – no photos where allowed unfortunately.
After a fascinating hour we walked down the mountain into the town and had a meal at one of the restaurants. At 8.30pm we road our bikes back to our Camper. It was a lovely ride, across the green fields, along a bike path. The area was fantastic for bike riding…and relatively flat.
After a shower we heard some
music coming from the restaurant at the Camping Park ( European Parks are very developed, much more than Australia), so we went down to have a look. There were 2 men, one with piano accordion and the other with guitar singing in German, wearing their leather Bavarian shorts with braces. All of a sudden, the crowd got going, standing on chairs, lifting their tables as a group and then swaying the tables from side to side with the beat of their song. The singers were obviously giving the audience instructions (in German) so they knew what was going on - we just followed the crowd!! We all enjoyed ourselves.
The next day we were back into Austria, off to Innsbruck. We have enjoyed the Bavarian region in Germany…and they know how to have a good time.
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