Herrenchiemsee palace

Trip Start Aug 02, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2013

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Saturday, October 13, 2012

Anoop's morning got off to a rough start. We were packing up the van and had the front and sliding door open. He was leaning into the van and was holding on to the side of the van between the two doors. Unfortunately for his finger, it was in the wrong place at the wrong time and when I accidentally nudged the front door, it slammed shut on the tip. It was like a slow motion movie because I saw what was about to happen before it did… I opened the door as fast as I could but the damage had been done… He now had one very sore middle finger and the nail quickly turned black after that (it didn’t fall off though). We finished up and grabbed some cold water for his finger, not having any ice. On the autostrade we stopped at a Burger King so he could grab some ice and he sat while chilling his finger until we arrived at Herrenchiemsee.

Herrenchiemsee was Ludwig II’s third, but most expensive palace. It was located on an island so we had to catch a small passenger ferry out to it. Herrenchiemsee was built with the intention of being a replica of Versailles. It was his most expensive palace as they had to ship all the bricks over to the island. It was not finished either and the entire second floor was just empty brick rooms. We were able to visit one of these rooms and all you saw were bricks. It was still quite interesting because we got to see where the architects had planned things to be placed or constructed and there were still original chalk markings on the bricks. It was quite plain looking before they plastered and decorated it all!

We walked along a path over to the palace and on the way we saw a lot of horses and hounds just over the hill. They rode in our direction and we could see that there was a hunt going on. It all looked quite neat! Later Anoop asked one of the staff at the palace what was going on and was told that once a year, the Bavarian hunting club conducts a mock hunt with a "fake" fox on the palace grounds (we are not quite sure how they simulate a fox). We just happened to be there on the right day! We continued up to the palace and had a great view from the lower end of the gardens. Unfortunately the fountains had already been drained for the winter so we weren’t able to see them in action, but they were quite interesting regardless and definitely reminded us of Versailles.

We headed inside for our tour and got the usual speech about not taking photos or videos, we turned around to see one guy completely oblivious, snapping away. Once the tour guide repeated herself, we started off. We again went through a series of rooms which were incredible. Ludwig even had his own Hall of Mirrors! It took about 6 hours to light all the candles in the room! This one was huge, just like the one in Versailles. Ludwig had a dining table, on a pulley system that could be lowered and raised, just like in Linderhof. This time we were brought down into the kitchens so that we could see it from below. It was quite neat to see all the pulleys and we thought they must have balanced the table quite well for it not to tip over when being lifted back up!

Afterwards we headed back towards the boat to check out another museum that was included in our ticket and particularly for a quick look at one of the rooms highlighted in our guide book. Then we rushed back to the boat and thought it was too crowded and so we wouldn’t be let on, but they kindly squeezed us on. Once back at the parking lot, we made our way to Innsbruck.
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Mike J on

So, with your finger crushed, Anoop did you get any brownie points? It's one of the first negotiation items in marriage - how many brownie points something was worth, how long the points are good for (sometimes the half-life is 30 seconds), and what can they be redeemed for.


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