Oberammergau, Germany, is our family’s favorite destination in Bavaria – if we had to choose – here you can see the peddler statue standing in front of this beautiful building.
The peddler statue is carved of wood, and carries a wide variety of carvings that hang from his backpack – while traveling from village to village.
Oberammergau is known for their woodcarvers – who have always been very devout believers – and you can see that he carries a number of crucifixes.
Every year when we were able to visit Oberammergau, we took David’s picture beside the giant nutcracker in front of the Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas store.
This is a picture of the Welcome Center that greets visitors beside the main parking lot in Oberammergau – and the setting tells you all you need to know – the town is beautiful!
David and I stand between the parking lot and a small landscaped pond in front of the Welcome Center in Oberammergau, Germany.
A river runs through a beautiful park-like setting along the edge of town – the setting is very rural for such a heavily visited tourist town and home of the Passion Play Theater – which is performed every 10 years by the townspeople.
As far as I can match them up, this and the next picture show how small and rural Oberammergau was back in 1995 from this camera angle.
David and I liked to hike around in the fields and outskirts of Oberammergau, and these two pictures make it look like a very small village back in 1995.
David enjoys an ice cream cone on a sidewalk bench in the central area of Oberammergau, and wasn’t sure that a picture of him at the time was necessary.
Like almost everywhere in Bavaria – as well as much of Germany – everywhere you look could be turned into a post card photo.
The onion domed churches and beautifully painted buildings – along with the tinge of cool Bavarian Alpine air in the early fall – is what always brought us back to Bavaria.
I wanted to capture the beauty of the changing fall leaves with the simple white exterior of the church – along with the beautiful blue Bavarian sky.
Nothing ever quite prepares you when entering a church in Bavaria, for the delight of seeing the beautiful, ornate interior – here is the church’s High Altar.
This is a closer look at the church’s High Altar in Oberammergau, and one can hardly absorb all of the breathtaking beauty without realizing that everything was handmade long before power tools were available.
This traditional pulpit is beautifully ornate and simply an awe inspiring work of art – and was elevated to allow the entire congregation hear the words and prayers offered during Mass.