It may have been spring in Hetzerath, but in Oberammergau it was still winter – my Honda Civic wagon is on the left in this picture.
Parked at my Gasthaus – or small hotel similar to a bed and breakfast – at least my walk to The NATO School for class wouldn’t be very far through the snow.
The sun was finally coming out and the snow was rapidly melting, and my Honda Civic wagon on the left was now free of its blanket of snow.
I stayed in a very nice Gasthaus in Oberammergau, and although I’d been to this town many times before I couldn’t wait to return again to Bavaria.
The Gasthaus in Oberammergau that I stayed in was “Haus Kegala,” which perfectly met my needs during my week long stay – my Honda Civic wagon is in the foreground.
Haus Kegala had a figure of Christ crucified on the outside of the building as do many buildings in Bavaria, and I took this picture from the parking lot showing a portion of the roof.
I’ve cropped this picture of Christ crucified to create a portrait effect, and on this visit to Oberammergau I concentrated on spiritual photos in particular while taking a photographic tour of the town.
One of the reasons I love Bavaria is because small shrines like this dot the landscape wherever you go – reminding us that meaning in life exists through Jesus having died for our sins.
Here I’ve cropped the previous photo to center and focus on the shrine depicting Jesus’ crucifixion – on a perfect early spring day in Bavaria.
I spent some time photographing this sculpture of Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem, and tried to capture the essence of the sculpture from various angles.
Jesus offers us and all the world the sign of peace, as He rides the donkey into Jerusalem – and to His ultimate death by crucifixion – which was a perfect sacrifice given up for us.
From this direction looking at the sculpture of Jesus, you can also see the Passion Play theater building where the townspeople of Oberammergau put on the Passion Play every ten years.
Carrying a palm leaf as he rides into Jerusalem, Jesus is carried by a donkey that emotes the essence of humility as he carries his special rider.
From yet a third angle, what I focus on here in this picture is the shadow of Christ and the donkey in the snow – a visible sign and representation of what is a physical sculpture.
Like the shadow of Christ riding the donkey, we as Christians are to be a part of Christ as is the shadow – a visible representation and reflection of His love given to the world.
Only a small portion of Oberammergau is actually the “tourist” and business district, once you walk for ten minutes you are in the pristine surroundings of rural Bavaria.
The runoff from the melting spring snow is channeled down to the river that flows through Oberammergau, and I walked this sidewalk along the stream into town and my classes at The NATO School
A classic Bavarian “Onion Dome” tops the bell tower of the church in Oberammergau, with a perfect blue sky above and the most beautiful sanctuary inside the plain exterior walls.
I photographed this little cherub watching over the cemetery beside the church in Oberammergau, representing all the prayers for the deceased before God.
With a perfect light blue sky and the last snow of spring at his feet, this cherub has the emotion carved into his face of quiet prayerfulness that represents the prayers of mankind.
The Hotel Alte Post in Oberammergau has all of the beautiful traditional artistry that is common in Bavaria – painted on a building that has probably stood for centuries.
This beautifully carved portrayal of Jesus’ crucifixion is part of a tombstone in the cemetery in Oberammergau – a very common practice in Bavaria.
Another tombstone decorated with a beautifully hand carved crucifixion scene, captures in the shadows the reality of Christ having died for us and for our salvation.
Though Jesus was without sin, he died for us – sinners all – so that through Him we might be given eternal life…a perfect sacrifice made for us that we might have eternal life in Him.