Munich’s surrounding countryside
The area outside Munich offers plenty of scope for outings and day trips. In and around the south of Munich we are overwhelmed by the splendid panorama of the Alps and interesting destinations such as Garmisch Partenkirchen, Füssen, Berchtesgaden, Bad Reichenhall and Königsee promise to keep us spellbound! But with beautiful green hill country, terrific lakes, pretty flower-adorned villages and baroque treasures, the foothills of the Alps also have a charm of their own.
Here are just a few suggestions:
Kloster Andechs (The Abbey of Andechs)
The “holy mount calls” and the masses come in droves!
One reason for this is, of course, the Benedictine pilgrimage church. Another is the attraction of the monastery’s first-rate strong beer. The abbey is situated on a hill overlooking the east bank of Ammersee. The first references to the abbey date back to 1080. It was first opened to pilgrims by Count Berthold II of Dießen-Andechs in 1128. In later centuries it was remodelled in rococo style by Johann Baptist Zimmermann. The nearby traditional inns and restaurants also draw many visitors. Here we come to realise that religious faith and Bavarian “Gemütlichkeit” are not necessarily contradictions in terms.
The southwest has King Ludwig II’s fairytale castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof to offer. These fruits of the king’s fantasies continue to enchant millions of visitors from all over the world. As with all of his monumental buildings, the monarch had a gift for choosing the most beautiful and spectacular locations thereby achieving harmony between nature and architecture.
Not far from the palace at Linderhof, we reach Oberammergau which has earned an international reputation for its famous Passion Play. The play takes place every 10 years, with the next due to be staged in 2010. It is organised, produced and performed exclusively by the village locals. You can form an impression of the extent of the project by viewing the specially, purpose-built theatre. Quite apart from the Passion Play, Oberammergau is a charming and inviting sub-Alpine place for a stroll. A special point of interest is the “Luftmalerei” – a style of painting the house facades which is typical of the region.