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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Gardens of Austria & Germany

This summer we headed overseas to see the sights in Austria and Switzerland, and to visit family in Germany. We were lucky to miss the hottest weeks of our summer, but now are readjusting to the heat and humidity.

Europe has two types of gardens - - -


and informal

Informal is more my style, but I can appreciate the structure and neatness of a colorful formal garden, as well. During our first week we split our time between southern Bavaria (Munich area) and Salzburg, Austria.

Our first stop was at the formal gardens of Linderhof Castle near Oberammagau. As far as castles go, Linderhof is small and has a small, but nice garden to go along with it. 

You can see in the background that they let the meadow grow naturally. 

The views of the countryside surrounding Linderhof and Neuschwanstein Castle are breathtaking. I visited this area 40 years ago and thought this was one of the most beautiful places I had ever seen at the time. Forty years later, I still feel the same way. 

This is Neuschwanstein the fairytale castle built by King Ludwig of Germany. They thought he was insane because he was obsessed with building unbelievably beautiful castles. 

As we traveled by bus and train the roadsides are au 'naturel. They don't mow which I think is fabulous! They have a mix of native grasses and wildflowers blowing gently in the breeze. 

We headed to Salzburg, Austria because my daughter and the 2 daughters of my friend that we travel with LOVE The Sound of Music movie, and they wanted to see some of the sights.  You might recognize this house. It is the backside of the Captain's house. Today it is a hotel.

Mirabell Gardens is another location that was used in the  movie. This beautiful garden is located in the heart of Salzburg. 

They definitely love their statues and decorative touches.

The fountain is also in the movie

This Allee' is in one of the scenes.

The City of Salzburg, like most large European cities, is beautiful with its castle up on the hill, cathedrals and ornately decorated buildings.

  The summer weather was perfect (low to mid 70's) and Austrians can be seen strolling alongside the river or relaxing in the small cafes on weekends. We were happy to join in!


Leslie Kimel said...

Wow, Susan, you go on the coolest vacations! I always enjoy your travel posts because they allow me to live vicariously. The gardens you saw are amazing, and I love the roadside meadows. Neuschwanstein is sooo beautiful. Did you get to tour the inside?

Anonymous said...

Wow, Susan! What an adventure . . . and what beautiful photos! The castles are stunning ~ thank you for sharing with us.

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

What a wonderful vacation! DH and I saw the Neuschwanstein castle on a vacation while he was stationed in Spain, US Navy, during '70-'73. We loved it. The scenery is definitely beautiful.

Thanks for sharing the beauty of your trip.

Have a nice Wednesday ~ FlowerLady

Janice said...

Hi Susan! What a great trip...good for you. Your photos are just beautiful, thanks for
sharing. And temperatures in the 70's...how divine. _Janice

Susan said...

Leslie - yes, we were able to tour the inside of both castles. They don't allow you to take pics inside, but both were unbelievably lavish.

Lorraine - glad you were able to see Neuschwanstein. You were lucky to live in Europe for a period of time. I'm sure you really enjoyed it.

Evelyn said...

Beautiful pictures (make me a little home sick), glad you were able to visit the castles. The country side in that part of Europe is so very special (when the weather is right ;-) )

Susan said...

Hi Evelyn, what area of Europe are you from?

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