The brothers Grimm fairy tales in Oberammergau

During our travels in Germany, we had a pit stop to the quaint little village of Oberammergau. What is special about this village is that some of the houses have paintings of fairy tales and biblical times. Can you recognise the fairytales or stories below? Continue reading “The brothers Grimm fairy tales in Oberammergau”

Linderhof Palace: the other castle of fairy tale King Ludwig II

The theme for January’s travel adventures seemed to revolve around German Castles! If you enjoyed my previous post about Neuschwanstein Castle (the inspiration for Disney’s Castle), then you will love this one! This is Linderhof Palace, which also housed the fairy tale (some say mad) King Ludwig II before he tragically died by unusual circumstances in 1886. King Ludwig II was an imagineer, an architect and more importantly… he believed in fairy tales. Linderhof Castle was designed and built from the inner workings of his mind and I must say, what a fantastic mind he had!

Imagine a large mansion built in the middle of the German countryside and in close proximity to a medieval village and lake. Here are some pictures of the surrounding countryside… Continue reading “Linderhof Palace: the other castle of fairy tale King Ludwig II”

Neuschwanstein Castle: Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

Hi everyone! I am back! Don’t worry, I haven’t been hibernating due to the London winter. What I have been doing is visiting the castle most famous for inspiring Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disney land!

The real life Sleeping Beauty Castle is called Neuschwanstein Castle and was owned by the “fairy tale” King Ludwig II. If you feel like visiting the birth place of a real life fairy tale, drive 1.5 hours from Munich and you will see this magnificent Castle. Continue reading “Neuschwanstein Castle: Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle”

Parks and Palaces of Sanssouci in Potsdam, Germany

Germany is one of the best places to visit royal parks and Palaces. This picture gives you a glimpse of Sanssouci, the largest World Heritage Site in Germany and the Royal residence of German Kings until 1918. The Potsdam Rococo style of architecture exuded grandeur even during a cold winter’s day.  The  look of grandeur continued as we explored rooms with ornate decorations, gold-gilded walls, marble statues and porcelain flora. These Palaces are worth a visit during your stay in Berlin if you are a lover of Palaces, architecture or European history. Continue reading “Parks and Palaces of Sanssouci in Potsdam, Germany”

New Years Eve 2012 in Berlin: Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We celebrated New Years Eve in Berlin this year. Berlin was a quick flight from London so many of my friends flew in especially for New Years Eve and flew out on New Years Day. It was well worth the effort. Continue reading “New Years Eve 2012 in Berlin: Happy New Year!”

Behind the Berlin Wall: Freedom is a blessing

When I visited Berlin for the first time, I didn’t know what to expect. I remember learning about World War II in history class and not really understanding why or how it all happened. I remember being intrigued with all the war stories that I read as I researched content for my essays. I have always loved history and strangely intrigued by the World Wars so this is why we decided to go to Berlin for the weekend. This post will give you a little tour of Berlin – a city that remembers its dark past but continues to look forward to build a bright future. Continue reading “Behind the Berlin Wall: Freedom is a blessing”