Traveling from Munich to Castle Neuschwanstein and the Schwangau/Ostallgäu area of southern Bavaria, near the German border with Austria, and the rolling hills quickly become snowy peaks. May Poles and painted houses appear in every village, fields of butter yellow flowers carpet the approach to the Alps and a misty cloud cover keeps the sky low and the light ever-changing. In the image above you can see two castles – Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau, a typical Bavarian church with the ‘onion top’, blooming meadows and an Alpen peak emerging from the clouds. A lot to take in from one vantage point! We escaped the downpour at Neuschwanstein and ducked into a café on Alpsee for some strudel and coffee, admiring the rocky bluffs along the lakeshore and considering our next move. With the weather socked in further north and heading our way, it was soon to be southwards into Austria and the Tyrol for our next adventure.
Bavaria, Germany, 2014.
More from Bavaria: A Visit to Kloster Andechs.