The departure from Munich was very early so that we could have a full day and cover a lot of miles on the drive south of Bavaria on the way to Linderhof Palace. In 1874 King Ludwig II remodeled the existing royal cottage in the Rococo style. The palace is a certainly extravagant structure nestled in the Graswang valley. These photos give some taste of its extravagance which is modeled after Versailles in France. In fact Ludwig had his bedroom modeled after that of Louis XIV.

From there the tour continued to Innsbruck; however we stopped for two hours at Oberrammergau where every ten years the Passion Play is performed. The next performance will be in 2020. The Thirty Years War and the plague came close to wiping out the town and the town folk made a promise that if they were spared they would stage the Passion in perpetuity. They have kept their pledge since 1623. The town is small as you can see from the photos.

On the way to Oberrammergau we passed through Garmisch Partenkirchen and saw the Zugspitze, which is the highest peak in the German Alps. Before we entered the city we visited Wilten Basilica with its Rococo decorations. The church is not only very beautiful but very active with a very developed music program. For example, on September 14 the parish boys choir sang the mass in G-Dur D167 by Schubert. And they have a fine Reinisch organ.

We crossed into Austria and traveled to Innsbruck, the Tyrolean capital. The golden roof of the 15th century is a late Gothic bay window of 2657 gilded copper tiles.

Exterior of Wilten Basilica

Town Hall in Innsbruck

Town Hall in Innsbruck

The cathedral is dedicated to Saint James and is a Baroque church of 1717. Over the high altar is an image of the Madonna painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder. The church also has a beautiful carillon.

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Memorial of a pastor at Saint James, Blessed Otto Neururer, who was murdered by the Nazis because of his resistance.


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The evening was once again concluded with a walk through the Christmas market through very evocative medieval streets.