THE GLOBAL VILLAGE
THE BAVARIAN TOURIST TRAIL
by Laura B.
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In October 1992, when I was
doing ĎAí Level German, I went to Germany.
Our class was tagging along with local councillors and the girls
from the dance school. As
with the French Exchange I mentioned in the Paris article, we stayed
with families. However, on
this occasion, the people we were partnered with didnít have to come
to the UK. The town we stayed in is the twin town of the one I inhabit
in the UK. There was a
street naming ceremony as part of the twin town celebrations, and the
dance school performed on the last night of our visit.
The best part of the whole trip was the day we went on the
Bavarian tourist trail, and saw many beautiful and important buildings.
We left at 9.15am.
The first place we visited was Kloster Ettal, a monastery church.
Like many Roman Catholic churches, it was very ornate, inside and
outside. I bought some
postcards and a brochure. I
also took lots of pictures. Unfortunately,
they didnít all develop properly.
We passed through
Oberammergau, where the Passion Play (The Crucifixion) is performed
every 10 years. This is
part of pact the townspeople made with whoever had inflicted the Black
Death/Plague upon them. Their
part of the promise was the performance, every 10 years, of the Passion
Play. In return, they would never be inflicted with the Black Death
again. The most recent
performance was in 2000. Many
shops sold wooden carvings. Lots
of buildings had murals on their walls.
We saw Linderhof, one of
Ludwig IIís castles. It
looked very nice from the outside, as did the gold statue, pond,
fountain and monument opposite it.
There wasnít time to go inside, but I did buy some postcards
and a guidebook with internal pictures, and it looked pretty.
We saw lots of snow-capped
mountains (the Alps) and half-timbered houses.
Like English Tudor houses, the wooden parts of the housesí
external walls are visible.
We ate lunch at a hotel in
Bayersoien, which was in the middle of nowhere. We had watery soup & dumplings, salad and meat &
cheese noodles. We spoke
with our teacher about our higher education plans.
A few of our group drank beer, which seemed to surprise the
Next, we visited the
Wieskirche, another very ornate Roman Catholic monastery church.
The Wieskirche is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage of Mankind Building.
This appears to mean that it is a listed building which is
protected and not allowed to fall into disrepair.
The church is a pilgrimage one.
There is figure of Christ in the altar area which was made for a
Good Friday procession, and is said to have wept blood.
After this, we saw Ludwig
IIís other two castles, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.
Neuschwanstein is a beautiful building, and the model for many
Disney castles. I took a
few pictures of the castles, far away and close up.
And then it was time to
return. On the journey
back, most people slept. We
spotted some deer. We
arrived back in the town where we were staying about 7pm, having had a
very enjoyable day!