A winter’s holiday in central Europe at Christmas is a magical time of everything Christmasy. Lights, baubles, mulled wine, roasted nuts, more baubles, more lights, castles and fortresses. Oh, and did I mention the Christmas decorations? Here are some highlights from my week in Munich and Salzburg to maybe whet your appetite for your own Christmasy sojourn …
Some of the largest Christmas bauble’s you’ll ever see at a Christmas market in Munich. There’s me in the middle looking rather like the abominable snowman.
Beautifully painted Christmas egg decorations in Munich.
Munich cathedral at the Christkindlmarkt (Christmas market) in Marienplatz.
Prezels galore at Munich’s Christkindlmarkt.
A beautiful winter’s day in Munich’s English Garden. Spot the squirrel.
Elegant swans in the lake in the middle of Munich’s English Garden.
River surfing in Munich is the thing to do it seems. Here they’re doing it on the Eisbach, an artificial river at Haus der Kunst on the edge of the English Garden.
The extravagant and unfinished Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria on which Walt Disney based his Disneyland castle.
Misty views of Alpsee Lake near Neuschwanstein Castle.
Unbelievably realistic and large ‘cosmorama’ of Salzburg by Austrian painter Hubert Sattler (1817-1904) on exhibit at the Salzburg Museum.
View of Salzburg’s undefeated, magnificent medieval fortress Hohensalzburg built in 1077 and a mystery man atop a gold ball.
View from the top of Hohensalzburg fortress, Salzburg.
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine