Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Neuschwanstein Castle - Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II as a retreat. The castle was the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Hohenschwangau castle, also built by King Ludwig II, is a neighbor to Neuschwanstein Castle.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Salzburg, Austria

View of the town of Salzburg from Mozart Bridge

View of Salzburg from atop Untersburg mountain

On top of the Untersburg

Grounds of Hellbrunn Palace

Trick fountains at Hellbrunn Palace

Stately statue at Hellbrunn Palace

Humorous fountain at Helbrunn Palace

View of Hellbrunn Palace and grounds

Fountain from "The Sound of Music" movie

Graveyard that "The Sound of Music" graveyard set was based upon (since permission was not granted to film in the actual graveyard)

Another graveyard view

Nonnberg Abbey, where the real Maria Augusta von Trapp was a postulant, and also used for scenes in "The Sound of Music"

The Untersberg - In "The Sound of Music", the von Trapp family escapes over this mountain into Switzerland. In actuality, this would have taken them into Germany very near Hitler's Eagle's Nest retreat (see below). In reality, they escaped via train to Italy, one of many inaccuracies of the movie.

During the "Sound of Music" bike tour

One of two houses used in filming "The Sound of Music". This house was used for views away from the back of the house, including the scene where Maria and the children fall out of the boat into the water.

Home used for outside views in the movie, including when Maria first arrives from the Abbey.

Gazebo used for "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and "Something Good"

Mirabell Gardens, scene of the final moments of "Do Re Mi"

Mountain view near Eagle's Nest

Hitler's Eagle Nest retreat

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Munich, Germany

Lava rock fountain at Nymphenburg Palace.

Inside Nymphenburg Palace.

Golden carriage at Nymphenburg Palace.

Dining table at Nymphenburg Palace. If you look closely, you can see faint human-like images in the mirror.

Silver-leafed walls in Nymphenburg Palace.

Bridge on Nymphenburg Palace grounds.

View of Nymphenburg Palace from the rear.

Closer view of Nymphenburg Palace from the rear.

Olympic Park, site of the 1972 Summer Olympics, where 11 Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian guerrillas. Also at these games, American swimmer Mark Spitz won seven gold medals and Soviet gymnast Olga Korbut won three gold medals.

BMW factory, museum, and offices.

Triumphal Arch on Leopold Street

At 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM each day, the Glockenspiel recounts a royal wedding, jousting tournament, and a ritualistic dance.

National Theatre Munich is home to the Bavarian State Opera and the Bavarian State Ballet.

Sea of bicycles...never seen so many bicycles in a city.