We all knew that today was going to be a very long day and this meant an early start. The alarm went off at 6.45am. I hate that thing! it yells at me, 'Its 6.45, its time ti get up!' over and over again. Meanwhile in the other corner of the room, Michael's alarm is playing 'Here comes the sun' by The Beatles. Everyone is moaning at this stage about turning the alarms off, so I stumble out of bed followed soon by the other two. Breakfast was the usual array of German fare – ham, cheese, eggs, fruit, yoghurt and more. Seb had given us instructions on the fastest way to get to the central train station and this time it was a matter of using the tram. We walked down to Romanplatz, caught the tram and 12 mins later we were at the train station. The bus was already there, as was our guide Petra and a long line of tourists as well. It was a very cool modern double decker. We all decided to sit upstairs as we knew we would be able to get some great shots over the Alps as we travelled.
I wanst quite sure what this trip would be like but the reviews were so good on Viator, I reckoned that this was the one for us. Honestly, I have to say that this was the best organised trip I have ever been on in my life. Even my two surly teens were taken aback by the sheer beauty of the countryside, the castles and well, the whole experience. t was an easy 15 mins drive out of the city. As we moved, we could see the area where the tents were being erected for the Oktoberfest in two weeks time. It was mightily impressive and I could just imagine the amount of drinking that was going to done over those two weeks!
It didnt take more than 40 mins before we could see the Alps looming in front of us. Out came the camera. Apologies for the shot. It is taken after all from the upstairs of a moving bus, but you get the picture.
As we moved further and further towards the Bavarian Alps the scenery just got better and better. In front of us were beautiful alpine pastures with cows grazing on them, the barns that are so familiar to the Alps and all those gorgeous houses with summer window boxes. I tried to take pictures as I went. Please excuse the quality, as again they were taken from the bus.
About 11am we arrived at the Linderhof Palace, one of the three palaces built by King Ludwig 11.
Approach to Linderhof
The situation of the palace was stunning and although small in area, the grounds were stunning. We walked past the hunting lodge used by the king and were taken through by our guide through the rooms.
Unfortunately we werent allowed to take pictures inside the palace but it was really beautiful and very ornate. It is stacked with marble and gilt and very ornate. The view from the King's bedroom was particularly stunning (over the Alps) with the mountains and an Alpine stream for a view.
We had a walk around the grounds afterwards, taking in the sheer beauty of it all, before making our way back to the bus for 12pm.