What to see and do in Oberammergau, a charming and historic Bavarian town.
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Into the Forest: Watching a Wild Deer Feeding in the German Alps
Every winter, officials in the German state of Bavaria organize feedings for wild deer — much to the delight of the animals and the spectators.
A Valley Ablaze: The King Ludwig Bonfire in Oberammergau, Germany
Paying homage to Bavaria’s beloved King Ludwig II with bonfires, processions, and revelry.
Curvy Exhilaration: Riding the Alpine Coaster in Oberammergau, Germany
Oberammergau’s alpine coaster just might be the town’s most thrilling activity.
A Peek at Germany’s Ettal Monastery
When I saw the elaborate dome of the Ettal Monastery (Kloster Ettal) for the first time, I was surprised to see such ornate architecture dramatically rising out of the countryside, juxtaposed with the area’s modest Bavarian homes. The monastery, located in the village of Ettal, is not far from the town of Oberammergau, which is well-known for itsContinue reading “A Peek at Germany’s Ettal Monastery”
Slap Happy: Dancing the Schuhplattler in Bavaria
One of the joys of exploring Germany’s Bavaria region is seeing the people’s penchant for preserving tradition. In the village of Oberammergau, where we’ve spent much time visiting my parents, it’s not uncommon to spot an older gentleman wearing a loden green, woolen hat, with feather, during a grocery-shopping trip. On holidays, ladies often don vibrant Dirndls (dresses withContinue reading “Slap Happy: Dancing the Schuhplattler in Bavaria”
A Bavarian Horse-Blessing Ceremony
As we walked from the town of Oberammergau to the village of Unterammergau, Germany, numerous horses trotted past us. The animals’ beautifully decorated manes and tails blew in the late autumn breeze. Not to be outdone by the animals’ distinguished appearances, the horse owners also sported fine Bavarian attire. Men wore grey woolen jackets finishedContinue reading “A Bavarian Horse-Blessing Ceremony”
Mount Kofel Dressed in Snow – Oberammergau, Germany
“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” John Steinbeck The experience of awakening to the first snowfall of winter is magical, especially when Mother Nature delivers as she did today in Oberammergau, Germany. (There was nothing to shovel, but confectioners’ sugar-like dustings on the surroundingContinue reading “Mount Kofel Dressed in Snow – Oberammergau, Germany”