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Experience Linderhof Palace and Ettal

Munich outback

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Starting point:Your hotel – Munich based
Endpoint:Your hotel – Munich based
Route length:160km (incl. options)
Total Duration:6 hours (approx. 8 hours incl. Option) 
Contact:Jörg Hildebrandt | +49 173 / 3722480 | 
Ground:Gravel road
Accessible Toilet: Kloster Ettal, Schloss Linderhof
Note:Wheelchairs and walkers can be borrowed at the castle box office
Some paths in the castle park have a steep i ncline – see map!
Photos and filming are prohibited in the castle!

Gently and safely we drive you in about 1.5 hours by car through beautiful landscapes starting from Munich and heading south. Even King Ludwig II affectionately called this region his favorite place – the “Golden Landl”. A landscape like out of a picture book.

Kloster Ettal

Kloster Ettal Basilika mit hoher runder Kuppel im Sonnenlicht
Kloster Ettal

We reach Ettal, a small community with just under 800 inhabitants. Ettal is particularly famous for the Ettal Monastery, which was founded there in the 14th century. The striking dome of the basilica still dominates the landscape today.

According to tradition, Ludwig the Bavarian, who was in distress after his coronation as emperor in Rome in 1328, prayed in a chapel and called upon the Mother of God for help. Then an angel in a monk’s robe appeared to him, gave him the image of Mary (the so-called “Ettaler Madonna“) as a gift and gave him the order to found the monastery.

The Gothic dodecahedron of the 14th century was, after the fire, sheathed in Baroque, the mighty round dome above the ground plan was created; the largest dome in Bavaria. Upon entering the church, the eye is drawn to the impressive ceiling fresco of the dome room, which shows the Benedictine heaven. The interior of the church is strikingly bright.

Enjoy – time for gourmets

The monastery also operates a brewery. The production of beer, the liquid bread of Bavaria, has a tradition in Ettal that goes back more than 400 years without interruption. A tasting at lunch is an absolute treat for tongue and palate.

Ludwig der Bayer, which is also the name of the monastery hotel, offers traditional and tasty food for gustatory indulgence. The first-class products from the monastic agriculture, gardening, the venison from the own monastery hunting and the fish specialties of the surrounding lakes as well as the regional ingredients are our basis for a healthy and enjoyable meal variation.

Schloß Linderhof

Schloss Linderhof
Linderhof Palace

The route continues through the Ettaler Weidmoos in the Graswangtal valley in the direction of Linderhof Castle. Linderhof Castle, also called the “royal villa“, is the smallest of King Ludwig II’s three castles, but the only one to be completed during his lifetime.

Even for a monarch, the rooms are spectacularly furnished, the quality of craftsmanship is without comparison.

The castle’s parks are no less impressive than the castle itself. The huge, artificial Venus Grotto, is not least highly interesting in terms of technical history. It was illuminated with carbon rod lamps, for which 24 dynamo machines supplied the electricity. A wave machine moved the artificial lake, the water of which, like the whole grotto, could be heated.


Wieskirche Außenaufnahme im Sonnenlicht mit 2 Pferden auf der Wiese

The pilgrimage church “Zum gegeißelten Heiland” auf der Wies” – short Wieskirche – is the heart of the Pfaffenwinkel and the most beautiful church in the world (since 1984 UNESCO World Heritage Site).

More than a million people visit “the masterpiece of “human creativity” every year. It bears witness to a vanished cultural epoch, namely the Bavarian Baroque.

The Wieskirche combines the cheerful lightness and lively dynamism of the late Baroque with the depth of what is probably the most important theme of Christianity, the redemption of mankind through the suffering and death of Christ.

Dominikus Zimmermann had made a reputation for himself with his church buildings as an outstanding master builder of the Baroque in Bavaria. The Wieskirche was to become his most mature and beautiful work.

During the first visit, one is truly overwhelmed by the bright light that floods the church and makes the gold shine even brighter. Only gradually do you discover the many details that are present in the Wieskirche

In the tower hang seven bells. Only on high holidays all seven form the full ringing. Before Sunday masses and on Saturdays the four-part baroque chime can be heard. On weekdays a melody of three bells rings.


Schloss Neuschwanstein – “The Fairy Tale Castle” –

(Finale of the Romantic Road)

aerial view neuschwanstein castle with mary bridge in background
Schloss Neuschwanstein mit Marienbrücke im Hintergrund

There is hardly a building in the world that has been photographed as often as King Ludwig’s fairytale castle. It has often served as a model for many a fairy tale and Hollywood film.

The castles were built at a time when disabled people were rather hidden away and had to eke out a living in institutions. It is therefore no surprise that no one thought of wheelchair accessible entrances or ramps. The elevator in the castle can be used only once an hour. In summer, the waiting time for everyone, without pre-reservation, at the ticket center is already considerable. At the ticket center, a 15cm high step must be overcome.

The bus ride, in which there is space for the wheelchair, goes to the stop “Marienbrücke“. (On the picture you can see the Marienbrücke in the background). From there it is a relatively steep climb up to the Marienbrücke. The enchantingly beautiful view of the castle, as King Ludwig called it, is a treat. The route from the Marienbrücke to the castle, with a gradient of up to 15% and some steps, is unsuitable for wheelchair users or is blocked for wheelchair users by the local state building authority.

On the one hand, preserving the originality of the castle and, on the other hand, providing access for all (including wheelchair users) is a balancing act for the castle administration. Preparation is everything in this respect. Transport by a vehicle of the local DRK is also feasible, but requires at least 8 – 10 weeks advance notice and coordination between the ticket center and DRK. Generally, this can only be arranged before 11:30 am. However, once you have made the trip with the competent staff of the Red Cross, you come through the exit into the fairy-tale castle (quasi the “back entrance”) you are captured by another world. Visitors see the splendor that King Ludwig II built here.

All the chambers, the halls, let you immerse yourself in the era of that time, which almost evokes a little longing, with what tranquility and time of pleasure these people could live.

The Museum of the Bavarian Kings

The exhibition focuses on the Bavarian kingdom, which lasted from 1806 to 1918. A jewel that waits just a few steps away from the crowds between the bus parking lot and the palace ramp is often overlooked: The Museum of the Bavarian Kings, which opened in 2011. It is housed in the historic Grand Hotel Alpenrose, whose transverse building has been raised with a bold glass construction.

Anyone who enters the museum hesitantly, expecting just another rehash of the nearby Ludwig II worship, will be pleasantly surprised: very quickly it becomes clear that it is not a person who is highlighted, but very vividly and clearly, in appropriately dignified furnishings, the career and the ups and downs of the dynasty of the Wittelsbach is shown.

At the center of the exhibition is the “walk-in family tree” of the family. Bavaria under the Wittelsbachers, their art collections, traditional costumes or the famous Munich Oktoberfest are further exhibition topics closely linked to the history of the royal house. The museum is fully accessible.

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Wow – this is how adventure without borders works.

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