Our second, and last day in Oberammergau began as a beautiful sunny day - promise of a lovely day. Today our journey was to take us to Schloss Linderhof and Kloster Ettal.
The Schloss is only 14km from Oberammergau and is a beautiful drive down a quiet valley. This palace is the only one completed by Ludwig II and he actually lived here for 8 years. This is a very small palace compared to his other well known castles near Fussen, but it doesn't disappoint. Ludwig was fascinated and adored the French Sun King, so this palace tried to duplicate and emulate the rooms, splendor and Rococo decoration through-out the palace. The gardens are outstanding and look like the amazing gardens at Versailles. Miocene candelabras and flower decorations are around the many mirrors throughout the small rooms. The tour of the palace is only about 30 minutes, but we were stunned with the opulence. You can easily spend another 30-60 min strolling the amazing garden and viewing the spectacular statues, fountains, gazebos and paths that wander through the grounds. It is very beautiful and peaceful here.
We then made our way to view the Kloster Ettal. We had read that the monks had quite the business enterprises here - they operate a brewery, distillery, library, and school . They are also in partnership in a cheese factory. We had hoped to view the museums that are available, but they were closed the day that we were there. We were able to wander through the grounds and the Basilica however, which was very impressive.
We ended our day with a great meal from Zum Stern. We really enjoyed our short stay in Oberammergau. For those who would like to stay longer, there are lots of private rooms, apartments and hotels of various shapes and sizes. There is lots of hiking in the summer, and good access to Garmisch or Oberammergau for skiing in the winter.
Now we are off to Salzburg (outskirts) for 7 nights. I will navigate our driving along the Deutsche Alpenstrasse for most of the way. Wish me luck.... !