Our next stop along Germany’s “Romantische Strasse” or Romantic Road was the town of Oberammergau, known for its famous Passion Play and world class woodcarvers; this photo is the Passion Play Theater House that hosts the production every ten years.
This statue of Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, stands on a rock in the park across from the Passion Play Theater House.
Oberammergau is our family’s favorite Bavarian village; because of the atmosphere of the historic Passion Play, the excellent woodcarving tradition and the “gemutlich” feel to it tucked away at the base of the Alps.
The buildings are all beautifully painted in Oberammergau in the Bavarian tradition – often portraying scenes from the Passion Play.
Although Oberammergau is a tourist town, it has a regular feel to it due to the historical traditions of woodcarving and performing the Passion Play since 1634.
My parents and I visited Bavaria in the spring of 1984, and this maypole is another Bavarian tradition – displaying guild figures and often painted in the traditional Bavarian “blue and white” pattern.
Here is the top of the maypole, showing the guild figures that represent the various craftsmen and trades of the village or town.
A view of the base of the maypole, which stands in the center of town and is the pride and joy of the entire town.
“Wieskirche” or “Wies Church” is located along the road between Füssen and Oberammergau – in a rural location which calls little attention to the fact that it is a famous pilgrimage site.
Wieskirche was completed in 1754 and is known as the, “Pilgrimage Church of the Scourged Savior.”
The altar of the Wieskirche, which holds the wooden figure of Jesus that many claim to have seen tears on – which has resulted in it being a pilgrimage site.
This picture is typical of Bavarian villages – as clean and perfect as can be – with a beautiful setting in the foothills of the Alps.
A beautifully painted building in Garmisch, where the Bavarian tradition of mural painting is very much admired and treasured.
There is a great sense of value and permanence attached to Bavarian buildings and homes, as this Garmisch building demonstrates with its intricate decorations.
Downtown Garmisch on a cold and wet spring day in the Alps – you never know what the weather will be like in the mountains.
Clouds hang low over the Alps, as winter refuses to give way to spring without a struggle.
I took this picture out my AFRC hotel room’s window in Garmisch, with blue skies slowly pushing the clouds away.
Here I am in downtown Füssen, which sits just north of the Austrian border at the base of the Alps and just down the road from Schloss Neuschwanstein.
Füssen sits in an ideal location – to the south are the Alps, to the East is a beautiful flat Alpine plain and to the north and west are picturesque Alpine lakes of many different shapes and sizes.
Germany’s Romantic Road officially comes to an end in Füssen, but Bavaria is full of beautiful castles and palaces – and the natural beauty and backdrop of the Alps.