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There's no need to do homework ahead of time to enjoy this tour, but if you are interested in more background
than is provided in the day-by-day itinerary these links will guide you to more detailed information.

 

 
Christmas in Germany
   

German Christmas Markets

[Spiegel Online article]   "A Visit to Germany's Christmas Markets", includes a review of the Christmas market in Munich's Marienplatz.

 

German Christmas Traditions

[Red Pill website]  Historical background

 

Christmas Markets

Wikipedia article on Christmas markets around the world

 

Kempten

The Christmas market in Kempten's historical old quarter is the biggest in the Alpine Allgaeu region. To put you in the Christmas mood there are more than 70 stalls offering Christmas crafts and gift ideas galore along with sweet delicacies and more hearty fare. Daily musical interludes provide a wonderful festive ambience.

 
 
Castles and Palaces
   
Neuschwanstein

Nymphenburg Palace

Immense Baroque palace on 200 acre estate in Munich where Ludwig was born

 

Schloss Hohenschwangau

Castle near Fussen where Ludwig spent most of his childhood

 

Neuschwanstein Castle

Schloss Neuschwanstein – Ludwig's first and most famous castle, a dramatic Romanesque fortress build on a commanding hilltop high above the village of Hohenschwangau

 

Linderhof Castle

Schloss Linderhof – Ludwig's second major creation, an ornate palace in neo-French Rococo style with elaborate formal gardens, nestled in a secluded forest valley about 15 km from Fussen (as the crow flies)

 

Herrenchiemsee

Ludwig's third extravagance, a replica of the central section of the palace at Versailles, meant to outdo its predecessor in scale and opulence, built on an island in the middle of Lake Chiemsee

 
 
Communities and Destinations
Marienplatz, Munich

Town of Fussen

Home base for this tour is at Hopfen am See, just outside Fussen (Füssen or Fuessen in German).  Fussen is the town where Ludwig was raised, and where he constructed two of his three new castles and palaces.

 

Village of Hohenschwangau

Hohenschwangau is the small village located between the Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein castles.

 

Village of Oberammergau

Oberammergau is a picturesque village famous for the elaborate passion play staged every ten years and also for its beautifully painted houses and woodcarving.

 

Town of Bad Tolz

Bad Tolz (Bad Tölz or Bad Toelz in German) is know for its historic medieval town center, an architecturally significant church from 1466, its spas, its spectacular views of the Alps, and its lunch-time specials.

 

Kempten

Kempten, population 61,000 in 2006, is the largest city in the Allgaeu region of south-west Bavaria.

 

Munich

Munich (München in German) is the capital of the German state of Bavaria, Germany's third largest city (1.3 million), the home of world famous beer gardens and the annual Oktoberfest, and the origin and termination city for this tour.

 

Innsbruck

Innsbruck, population 120,000, is the capital of the Austrian federal state of Tyrol and an internationally renowned winter sports center.

 

Wieskirche

The Wieskirche, also known as The Church in the Meadow, is a Rococo church built between 1745 and 1754 in a remote location near the foothills of the Alps.  It was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983.

 
The King
   

King Ludwig II of Bavaria

Biographical note on Ludwig Friedrich Wilhelm II, King of Bavaria from 1864 to 1886

 

King Ludwig II of Bavaria

English translations from a German website dedicated to the life and legend of Ludwig II  (keonig-ludwig.org site)

 

 

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