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St. Coloman

600_0943-ec_wSt. Coloman is a church next to castle Neuschwanstein. It’s located outside any village and surrounded by meadows. The next village is approximately 5 km away. It has a small parking ground, so you can make a stop for a visit. Without fog you also would be able to see the castles Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein from here.

The name comes from an irish pilgrim, who is supposed to had made a rest here back in 1012 on his pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Even this church is small and out-of-town, it’s rich decorated and thus worth a visit.

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Abbey Andechs

The 600_0741-e_wBenedictine abbey of Andechs is located on a hill. So, you can see it from far away. You can visit not only the church and the gift shop, but also the brewery, the butcher’s shop and the distillery.

They are producing different meat products, several kinds of hard liquors and some kind of Weissbier (weiss beer), the traditional Bavarian kind of beer made from wheat.

They also have huge restaurants and a vast parking ground at the bottom of the hill. Both is necessary for handling the masses of pilgrims and tourists. We were lucky to be there, when not that much people were there. But the size of the restaurants and the parking ground were impressive.

We ate something at the restaurant and sat outside. Even it was drizzling, we were still dry because of huge umbrellas standing on the terrace, were we sat. The food was good and inexpensive, and the size was enormous. We also took a glass of beer. You can have a Maß or half a Maß. A Maß is a big glass containing 1 litre of beer. I took a half one. It was good. I liked it much.

But the main reason for our visit was the monastery church. Here you can find some impressions. As I mentioned before, you can find much of white, gold and colorful paintings inside.

You can also visit the tower and have a phantastic view over the Ammer lake, as well as the surrounding landscape. But the way is very hard. Very steep tight wooden stairs leads you up and down. Unfortunately there are small meshed grids at the windows, so that you can’t take photos without having a pattern of the grid in it. 😦

Do you know Carl Orff (July 10, 1895 – March 29, 1982)? He was a composer and is best known for his “Carmina Burana”. A part of the “O, Fortuna” is often heart in movies and TV ads. I mentioned this here, because he is buried in the abbey.

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Winter is back :-(

600_3416-eb_wSince my last winter post in early December 2012 it was not that cold and fortunately no snow. But last Friday night it began to snow again. Not that heavy as it was in December, but it was constantly snowing, just like fine drizzling rain, but in snow. So, the ground is covered by a layer of snow of approximately 10-15 cm high. That’s not that much, OK, but enough to hinder many people to come to work at time.

Yesterday I was on a short photo trip on my own. Not far away, only approximately 10 km away from my home. I expected to see some icicles and a frozen creek to redo my last year photos but with snow. Unfortunately we only had -4 to -5° C during the last weeks and warmer the weeks before. So the waterwheel had only a few small icicles, but not so, as I expected. Bad luck.

Instead I walked the valley uphill straight along the creek and got some other impressions for you.

Have fun and enjoy while waiting for the next post from Bavaria 🙂

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Inside Marienmünster

600_1255-e_w In my last post I introduced you to the catholic church Marienmünster in Dießen and put some photos from the outer view online. As I proposed in that post, I’ll show you some from the inside, now.

I was in Bavaria for several times and nevertheless where in Bavaria I was, I found a certain kind of style, how they built the churches.  Now I want to introduce it to you. Keep in mind, I didn’t study architecture, art or history. Thus some of my statements regarding the architecture style or the art period might be completely correct or not precisely enough.

These certain style is called Bavarian Barock, a variation of the Italian Barock style.

The churches are very light (much of white inside and outside), but very much decorated with gold and colorful paintings at the walls, balustrades and the ceilings. Usually there are many people (tourists and residents as well) inside, tourists for watching and residents for a short prayer on their way home, to business or whatever. The churches are usually open from early morning until 6 p.m. (in case of a service or an other event, even longer). But, when closed the door is still open, only the fence is closed, as you can see in one of the photos. It’s just like Jesus told his followers: Who will come to me, whom I won’t recoil.

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The Marienmünster in Dießen

A600_0366_w minster (Münster in German) is a kind of catholic church and the German name Maria is Mary. Minster means, the church belongs to a monastery or was once part of a monastery. Now it is a parish church.

So, the church was donated to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, while it was part of a Augustinian monastery.

The church is located on a hill above the city of Dießen. Thus you can see it over a long distance. I’ll show some more photos from inside the church in my next post. When already knowing catholic churches (i.e. some in France or in Italy), you’ll be a bit surprised, when seeing the inside of this one, and also some other Bavarian churches.

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and another waterfall


and this one is really big!

Do you see the people hiking uphill? On the right side are 2 hikers. One is wearing a light green jacket and the other on has a red backpack.

It’s also the Pöllat. Only a few hundred meters below the cairns we have another waterfall.

Right below this waterfall the path might be closed, when too much water runs downhill in spring or after hard rain. They mounted open meshed flooring at the side of the mountain, a few meters above the water. Now, think what might happen when the Pöllat will go wild in spring because the snow melts and all the water flows downhill.

This waterfall was really load. You can’t imagine, how loud water can be.

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Next waterfall


Walking downhill next to creek Pöllat we came to a plateau (or kind of). The creek goes even out but broader because the plateau gave him room enough. Though the water goes more slowly here.

Many people set up cairn (stonemen). It’s kind of a funny scene.

These cairns can be found everywhere around the world. They are ancient path marks as well as remembrance places. Take some stones and try to stack them yourself. How high will your cairn grow? It’s not as easy as it looks like.

I haven’t count all the cairns set up here, but there are many of them.

At last we went further, still along the creek.

It was a very impressive place.

Come along with me, along the creek. There is another post to come, soon. In the meantime you might have a look at my last posts and enjoy some other photos taken in Bavaria or on one of the other places I’ve visited and published here.

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