The day we visited the castles of Mad King Ludwig, we also stopped in Oberammergau. This small Bavarian town looks like it comes straight from the pages of a fairytale book.
Oberammergau is surrounded by mountains, green forests and meadows. The day we were there it was misty and much of the surrounding landscape was shrouded in low clouds. The streets were pristine, not a trace of litter anywhere. Many of the immaculately maintained houses are painted with incredibly beautiful and very detailed murals, most of biblical significance. This style of painting is known as “Lüftlimalerei”. The town is also famous for its wood carving, which is evident from specially carved front doors to mailboxes to cuckoo clocks to …
The cold finally enticed us to visit a local Konditorei! I could call it a bakery I suppose. But anyone familiar with German pastries will know the difference. Bakeries are very good, and concentrate more on bread, Laugenpretzel, cakes and sweet treats. A Konditorei however is, where one can eat some of the finest and most delicate, delicious and varied torten and sweet creations known to mankind. The place we stumbled upon was beyond anything I could have dreamed of.
For many many years I had been craving a piece of “Bienenstich”, and there it was, looking right at me from the pastry case. In case you are not familiar with it, it consists of two layers of a slightly yeasted cake, filled with a creamy filling and topped with sliced almonds and a little honey. Bienenstich is not too sweet, and before devouring it all, I shared a taste with my husband, sister and brother-in-law.
Now I can happily say I enjoyed every bite, and my craving has been silenced. Other goodies looked every bit as tempting: Sachertorte, Linzertorte, different kinds of strudel, real German cheese cake,chocolate pralines, cookies and more. All handmade, right there. We enjoyed our treats with a cup of fabulous coffee, and my sister gave us each one of the beautifully painted coffee cups to take home. We mailed them back, and once they arrive, I will make some coffee and remember our time together.
If you find yourself in Southern Germany, I highly recommend this part of Bavaria. We were lucky to have a most wonderful sister and brother-in-law right nearby to make this visit extra special. Danke und auf wiedersehn, Gabi und Hans! Bis naechstes Jahr, irgendwo in der Welt!