The village of Oberammergau, Germany is well known for the colorful frescoes that adorn the exteriors of its homes and businesses. This painting technique is known as Lüftlmalerei. (Luft means ‘air’ in German. It’s believed that the term illustrates how fresco artists must work quickly to apply watercolor paint to the wet plaster before it dries in the open air.)
During spring, summer and autumn, Oberammergau’s colorful façades are enhanced by overflowing boxes of trailing flowers. And during the most grey of winter months, I find that the Lüftlmalerei inject a much-needed cheerful ambience to this chilly Alpine village.
The painting style grew in popularity in the 1700s in southern Germany and in Italy, as it was a way for residents to flaunt their success and wealth.
As I was compiling windows for this collage, I couldn’t resist including a window from my parents’ home. Can you guess which one it is? :)
Where in the World?
- The town of Oberammergau is located about 90 km southwest of Munich. To get there by rail or by bus, research the Bayern or Regio Ticket (website in German, but you can use Google Translate). These special tickets start at €20/25 for one passenger, and cost €6 for each additional passenger. You can use them to travel via bus and train throughout much of the region, making them a better deal if you want to make a few stops in a day. You can purchase tickets online, via a ticket machine, or in person.
- Are you looking for a guesthouse or hotel in Oberammergau? Before my parents moved there, Shawn and I spent two nights at the Gästehaus Hildegard (affiliate link). We thought the beds were comfortable, the owners were helpful and kind, and the breakfast was tasty. The guest house is centrally located in the town too, and it’s not far from the Tiroler Gasse bus stop. The train station is also only about 1 km away.
- The following link contains an index of all my posts from Germany, including visits to Neuschwanstein Castle and Schloss Linderhof. If you’re feeling adventurous while in Oberammergau, also consider climbing up to the top of Mount Kofel. And, art & culture lovers will likely enjoy a stop at the Pilatushaus, where artisans sometimes demonstrate their wares being made.
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