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The Wies

600_0928-s_wThe Wies church is also a famous church. It’s also located out-of-town in beautiful landscape on a small hill. A big parking space is available for busses as well as for individuals. When visiting the church, expect many people, because it’s a pilgrimage church and wonderful decorated inside.

Right next to the parking ground, at the foot of the church hill, there is a small chapel. Even this chapel is much decorated.

I split this post in two parts, as I did with the Marienmünster in Dießen. Today I show you the outside and a view from the hill. The inside will follow in my next post.

The left photo is taken from behind the church, while it was drizzling. In the buildings left of th church you can find gift shops and restaurants.

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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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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

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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

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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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washing away

600_1033-e_wOn our way down from Castle Neuschwanstein we took another way: through the Pöllat gulch.

The name comes from the creek flowing through the gulch. Even we were there in fall, there was much water in the creek and the waterfalls were very loud.

At first we passed a viewpoint, where we were able to see the landing pot of the creek right below the Marienbrücke.

While the first part of our path down consists of stairs, it soon became a usual tracking path. But we wondered about parents walking uphill and downhill with very small kids and even a couple with a push chair.

Later the path consists of open mesh flooring mounted directly above the creek on the side of the rock. What a strange feeling. This part of the path had metal doors on both sides to close the path during winter and / or the melting season in spring, when it is too dangerous to walk that part of the path.

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And … another lock bridge

600_1002-s_wYou know, I already posted photos taken on several bridges in different countries, where I found bridges decorated with locks. These locks are mounted by couples in love to have a proof of their love combined with the hope, their love will last forever or at least, as long as nobody is able to open the lock with the key. You know, they usually throw the keys in the river below the bridge.

I already found such bridges in Prague, Paris and several other cities (but without taking a photo).

Most of the other bridged were decorated with hundreds of lock, while there were only a few of them at this bridge. I guess, that’s because of the location of the bridge up in the hills spanning over a canyon 90m above the ground.

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A view from a bridge

 600_1004-e_wCastle Neuschwanstein was built on a hill growing out of the plain. A very hard foundation. Hard for the builder, but a dream place for the owner. A castle with a wonderful view.

As I mentioned in my last post we were unlucky and had heavy fog that day. So, I’m unable to show you photos of that view.

There is a valley right next to the castle, where a wild creek goes its way down to the valley. A bridge was built to connect both sides of the valley. The bridge is called Marienbrücke (bridge of Mary) and is build from iron with wooden planks to walk on. The bridge is located 90m above the valley. Because of the fog we were not only unable to enjoy the view, but also unable to notice how high above the ground the bridge was built. Even the waterfall was hard to seen, as you can see in my photo.

Right beside the end of the bridge on the castles side sat two artists: a musician and a painter. The musician was playing a medieval instrument and the painter tried to sell his watercolor, ink or crayon paintings of the castle.

I don’t mention all the other things you can buy in one of the gift shops.

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Visiting King Ludwig II

Castle Hohenschwangau
Castle Hohenschwangau

OK, not literally, but, when in Bavaria you should definitely think about visiting his castles of dreams.
Ludwig was born in 1845 and grew up in castle Hohenschwangau. Even he was a child of the 19th century and he took advantage of the technical development at his time, he dreamed of being an absolute king like the french king Luis IVX or one of the medieval kings.

He planned and build several chateaus and castles in Bavaria, but the best known is Castle Neuschwanstein, located in Schwangau, a few minutes away from the castle he grew up.

I guess, you already have seen photos of this castle. It is so wellknown, that Walt Disney chose it as the blueprint for his own Cinderella castle and the Buena Vista logo, the movie company in his business empire.

Our holiday home was about 70 km away from Schwangau, so we went one day for a visit. Even the weather forecast proposed the best weather for that day during our visit, we were quite unlucky. The castle was covered by fog.

But, have a look.

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pouring

Today I have the remaining photos of the forest trip for you.

This waterfall was the goal for our trip. It’s the end of the creek shown in my last post. It’s lovely and beautiful, but extremely sensitive. The area shown from the total perspective is a natural reservation and to enter that area is strictly forbidden. A sign right next to the natural barrier my tripod stood on for the detail photos, required anybody to stay out to preserve the plants sensitive on the ground.

Right behind me another small group of photographers arrived at the barrier and entered the area without obeying the ban. So, I show the photos but without disclosing the location, as I otherwise usually do in my posts on photo trips. That’s my part for helping to preserve that area. Continue reading “pouring”

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A creek in the forest

One day we were hiking. Our goal was, to reach a certain waterfall, where a creek falls into the river Ammer in small, dense threats, just like a veil.

We crossed the creek early, running through the forest. Because of the constant rain that day and the day before, the creek was slightly swollen.

I was looking for a waterfall to photograph for some time, because I need a picture for a book project. So, when in an area where waterfalls might be common, I was searching for hints. Wikipedia, internet hiking forums, photo forums and hiking guides as well as local guides are a source for such information. A combination of such sources led me to this waterfall. It’s not that spectacular, but nice to see. Continue reading “A creek in the forest”

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Chestnuts

When I was a child we used to collect chestnuts, but it was quite hard to find them, because in my area the chestnut trees are quite rare.

Every kindergarten wanted the kids (and their parents, of course) to collect them for tinkering. Chestnuts, matches, yarn and acorns were used to construct animals, bracelets and necklaces.

On the other hand, the foresters wanted teenagers to collect them for feeding deers and wild boars during the winter. So, chestnuts were quite rare.

In Bavaria is it a very long tradition to have beer gardens. The landlords have cellars for storing the beer barrels and planted usually chestnut trees above the cellar to keep the cellars cool and to have a natural shadow for the guests during summer. So, it’s quite easy to find chestnuts in Bavaria, where I took all these photos.

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Fog is everywhere

Even I took these photos in October, they do perfectly fit into November, didn’t they?

November is the most ugly month for most of the people here. The weather is usually wet and cold, so they feel uncomfortable.

I got up early that morning, because the weather forecast proposed fog. So, I was at the lake some time before sunrise. Again, it’s a wonderful, peaceful ambience. You walk through the fog, feel the cold moisture in the air and all the sounds seems muted. Continue reading “Fog is everywhere”