I took this series of pictures in Bavaria on the Alpine plain just north of the Alps and Schloss Neuschwanstein, and they show what I like the very best about Bavaria – the Alps and the fresh Alpine air.
The brilliant spring sunshine brightens the light blue sky over snow covered Alpine peaks, contrasting with the dark green fir trees in the foreground.
The Zugspitze is Germany’s tallest mountain at 9,718 feet tall, and is a massive chunk of rock that rises up out of the flat plains surrounding it.
From the beautiful Alpine meadows to the sun bathed mountain peaks, the Bavarian Alps are my favorite spot in the world.
Tropical beaches may hold my attention for a day or a week, but if I could live the rest of my life anywhere in the world – it would be right here in Bavaria.
The foothills transition from Alpine meadows to forested slopes, leading up to snow covered Alpine peaks.
Sunlit Alpine mountain peaks rise over the treeline, on what is a perfect spring day in Bavaria.
These light brown Alpine cows are my favorite cows in the world, and they are the signature mascots of the entire Alpine region – with or without their classic cowbells.
How could a cow ever be happier or give better milk than these Alpine cows, living an ideal life within yodeling range of the Alps?
This family of beautiful draft horses enjoys the fresh Alpine air and sunshine on a day off from pulling tourist carriages up the mountain to nearby Schloss Neuschwanstein.
Built for strength and stamina, these draft horses may not be as large as their Clydesdale cousins – but clearly they are built for strength.
This “little guy” sleeps soundly in the sunshine, dreaming of the day he’ll get his own opportunity to pull carriages up the mountain to Schloss Neuschwanstein.
I’m standing in front of a perfect Alpine backdrop, on an equally perfect Bavarian day – how great is this?
It is clearly understandable why Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, chose this spot to build his dream castle – Schloss Neuschwanstein – seen here in the distance.
Schloss Neuschwanstein sits on top of a foothill of the Alps, in one of the most spectacular settings that could be imagined.
Ludwig II grew up within sight of the future location of his dream castle Schloss Neuschwanstein, because his father first built his own castle in a nearby setting years earlier.