Your Car – the VW Beetle
There are some automobiles that are destined to be classics. It might be because of their design, maybe their racing success, or because their engineering was before its time. Very rarely will history play a trick, and let an automobile, already mature in its construction, become more attractive, and win over people until it is no longer possible to imagine life without it.
The Volkswagen Type 1, better known as the VW Beetle, is one of these rare examples. Not the icon for high earners, it was a symbol for a country looking into the future but falling back on earlier virtues such as German workmanship and engineering.
VW Beetle has always evoked fun, laughter, friends and family and is iconic in it’s own way in New Zealand. Now enjoy it through parts of Europe, through quiet country roads, sleepy villages or visiting majestic castles.
Neuschwanstein: Knights & Tales
This two-day tour begins in Munich and will take you from the Starnberg Lake and then on to Hohenschwangau, where you will see Neuschwanstein Castle, probably the most famous of the royal castles of Bavaria. You will then approach the impressive fairytale castle on foot along the path from the bottom of the castle hill. Neuschwanstein was planned by Ludwig II as an accessible stage setting and private residence. The castle merely provided space for the king and his servants, not for the royal household. His passion for the world of legend and the music of Richard Wagner are the reasons why Neuschwanstein was constructed and almost all the rooms include backdrops depicting Lohengrin and Tannhäuser. You will then travel on to Linderhof Palace. This comparatively small Rococo jewel is the only one of the buildings which Fairytale King Ludwig II completed and inhabited. Your journey for the day will take you past Kochel am See and Benediktbeuern. Heading further east, you will then arrive at Bad Tölz, where you will continue your journey past the Tegernsee and Schliersee. In the early evening, you will arrive at Lake Spitzingsee (1,085 m elev.) and stay at the Alpenhotel am Spitzingsee****, where you can relax in the Altira Spa. Your dinner will be served in a manner perfectly in tune with your trip in the hotel’s own “König Ludwig Stube”.
Herrenchiemsee: The Bavarian Versailles
The next morning, you will head out to Chiemsee after breakfast. From Prien, you will take a boat to Herreninsel, where you can see Herrenchiemsee Palace, the Augustiner Chorherrenstift and the King Ludwig II Museum. Herrenchiemsee Palace was modelled on the Palace of Versailles in France and aimed to reflect the ostentatious pomp and splendour of the rule of its great idol, French “Roi Soleil” Louis XIV. Herrenchiemsee was the king’s last great building project and remained largely incomplete as no further construction work took place after Ludwig’s death in 1886, after eight years of construction. Although unfinished, Herrenchiemsee is one of the finest palaces in Germany and home to the King Ludwig II Museum. When visiting the construction site for the new palace, Ludwig used to spend the night in the Chorherrenstift, the old palace. Today, you can see the private chambers of the king and the impressive Kaisersaal here. You will then travel back to Prien by boat and finally head back to Munich across the Southern Bavarian countryside.