Bavaria is the largest of the 16 states that make up Germany. It occupies the southeastern part of Germany.
Bavaria (or Bayern) is well endowed with natural riches: snowy Alpine peaks, rushing streams and green velvety forests that revives the soul.
Bavaria is larger than Switzerland and has more people than Sweden.
Fortunately, I had a good seat on a tour bus. These pictures were taken from the inside while it was moving fast on the Autobahn. It helps to have a good camera.
We passed by many villages where a church seemed to be the only landmark. Rightly so.
The mountains beyond give you the beauty of this region.
Another village, another church, another beautiful scene.
These communities must have a tranquil lifestyle as the mountains surround their beauty.
Another serene view from our bus.
Not far from Schloss Linderhof (Castle Linderhof).
Air is pure and this pristine meadow is inviting.
Small corner merchant on road to Linderhof
Many creeks and streams from the mountains
Hotel at entrance of Linderhof
Typical architectural design of buildings in this area.
Small pond with swans on trail to Linderhof
Marcus, our tour guide is stressing punctuality to be back at this spot to get on the bus to the next destination.
Entrance to Schloss Linderhof.
Inside the castle, this is the last point for picture taking as photography is forbidden once inside the castle rooms.
Ornamental ceiling before entering the castle.
This picture accurately depicts the palace layout. Unfortunately, I did not take this picture, a photographer from Munich, Softeis, took this for Wikimedia under Creative Commons License, free to use.
The grounds of Schloss Linderhof are reminiscent of the years between 1865 -1880. Here a Moorish pavilion—bought wholesale from the 1867 Paris Universal Exposition.
Tourists meander throughout the Linderhof grounds.
One end of the estate with pavillion at the top.
Set in seclusion, between a reflecting pool and the green slopes of a gentle mountain, Linderhof palace was used by King Ludwig II's father as a hunting retreat.
Stately stairs and terraces give visitors beautiful views of the estate.
This water fountain gushes every so often.
The gilded Neptune in front of the castle spouts a 100-foot water stairway.
Neptune water fountain.
Picture taken by Dawn Merchand at the Linderhof reflecting pool.
On our way to the village of Oberammergau.
Road to Oberammergau.
More village homes on our road.
Flowers in bloom.
Building dating back 1818.
Oberammergau home to the famous Passion Play performed only every 10 years.
Oberammergau town is quaint with cobblestone road, craft shops, cafes, antique shops and the like.
Neighborhood in Oberammergau.
Passion Play Theater. The Passion Play actors can only be from Oberammergau.