I took a bus tour from Spangdahlem AB, to Oktoberfest in Munich, and our hotel was the Armed Forces Recreation Center’s (AFRC) Sheridan Hotel in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
This set of photos really illustrates what I love about Bavaria – it’s beautiful, picture perfect and every square meter is manicured to perfection.
This “onion domed” church illustrates the beauty of Bavaria, where the buildings are artistically made of stone, block, slate and tile – and meant to last forever.
Even farmer’s fields look like a storybook tale brought to life, with a place for everything and everything in its place.
Contented dairy cows graze naturally in the fresh alpine air, wearing their traditional cowbells that are only outdone by their Swiss relatives.
To describe a farmer’s dairy cows as “contented” is probably the highest tribute that you can pay him for the quality of his work.
These picturesque little “log cabin” huts are actually small barns in the pastures, that the farmer uses to store supplies where he needs them, instead of maintaining them all back in a central location.
Pastures with small barns stand directly in front of beautiful Bavarian style homes, designed to withstand the heavy snows of winter.
Farmers treat their dairy cattle more like family than livestock, and they are the cleanest and calmest cows I’ve ever seen.
In the city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the buildings all have outstanding craftsmanship and are often painted with beautiful murals and artwork.
The artistic craftmanship that went into this beautiful balcony, would normally only be found in high quality furniture.
The paintings and graphic designs on this building are typical of Bavaria, essentially making every building a unique work of art.
These murals depict themes taken from Biblical, cultural and everyday life references – and the buildings are the prettiest I’ve ever seen.
When so much love and quality goes into the very building itself, you know that the owner of that building takes great pride in his family, city, culture and place in society.
After experiencing the beauty and pride of Bavaria and the rest of the alpine regions, it is hard to understand why everyone doesn’t want to live up to such high standards.