When I returned from the Persian Gulf War, my wife and I took a quick vacation to the Black Forest and Bavaria – and this is a photo of the old town hall or “Alte Rathaus” in the town of Schiltach.
The Hotel “Gasthof zum Adler” in Schiltach is an excellent example of half-timbered or “Fachwerk” buildings in the Black Forest, located in the area south of Freudenstadt, Germany.
Another view of Schiltach, Germany, in the Black Forest; you can just see the tower on the corner of the Hotel “Gasthof zum Adler” in the city center if you click on the photo and take a closer look.
This is a picture of the old town hall or “Alte Rathaus”of Lindau, Germany, on the southeast end of Lake Constance or the “Bodensee” in Bavaria.
These original paintings on the “Alte Rathaus” in Lindau are beautifully done, and reflect the Bavarian style of decorating their buildings with ornate paintings and architectural features.
A view of the lighthouse (center) and the Bavarian Lion sitting atop a tower (left) at the entrance to the marina and harbour of Lindau, with another tower called the “Mangenturm” (right), on Lake Constance or the “Bodensee” in Germany.
Lake Constance borders portions of Germany, Switzerland and Austria at the northern edge of the Alps – near where the Rhein River begins in the Alps of Switzerland.
This was a good chance for my wife and I to get away and relax after I returned from the desert, and David spent the time with his grandparents in Bruch which everyone there enjoyed.
Bavaria has always been our favorite place to visit, and as it was only a day’s drive away from our home in Monzelfeld at the time, we took advantage of the opportunity to get away and visit there for a few days.
While going down a steep mountain road in the Black Forest, the brakes on our 1987 Honda Civic wagon started to strain – so we had to leave it at a dealership for new brake pads to be installed and we rented a VW to continue the trip in.
This is Hohenschwangau Castle or “Schloss Hohenschwangau” – the childhood residence of Ludwig II of Bavaria which was built by his father, Maximilian II of Bavaria.
It was no wonder that we headed south to the foothills of the Alps after I returned from the Persian Gulf War for some rest and relaxation in order to de-stress from the entire event.
Next we visited Neuschwanstein Castle or “Schloss Neuschwanstein,” which Ludwig II of Bavaria built within view of Schloss Hohenschwangau where he grew up.
Here I am standing in the courtyard of Schloss Neuschwanstein prior to the tour of the interior rooms of the castle – one visit to this beautiful castle is never enough.
Walt Disney used Schloss Neuschwanstein to pattern his original Disneyland Castle from, and the white stone and soaring spires seem to disappear into the mist and clouds in this view – which only added to the fairytale atmosphere of the castle.
Schloss Neuschwanstein is probably the most classic and romantic castle ever built, because it captures all of the fantasy elements of what a castle should look like in a very concentrated way.
What surprised me the most when I first visited Schloss Neuschwanstein years prior to this visit, was just how tall it is when you approach the castle from below – giving it a very imposing feeling looking up at it.
The castle was not built for defense or protection of course, but as a display of all of the romantic notions of what a castle should look like; which makes Schloss Neuschwanstein one of the most visited castles in the world.