Bavaria is one of the most popular states in Germany. Many tourists come every year to see some of the nice landscape or to climb up one of the wonderful mountains. But Bavaria isn´t just famous for it`s landscape:

We‘ve divide our topic into three parts:

1.„King Ludwig II. of Bavaria and his castle“
2.„Königssee“ (a beautiful lake)
3.„Bavaria Filmstudios“ (Here are produced  famous german films)

1. King Ludwig II.
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King Ludwig II. was the first son of crown prince Maximilian II. and princess Marie of Prussia. He was born on the 25th of August 1845 in Nymphenburgcastle near Munich. He had a nice childhood in Hohenschwangau castle, near Berchtesgaden. Since his childhood he loved Wagner operas. His father died after a short illness. So he was the new king of Bavaria. In 1867 he got engaged, but a short time afterwards resolved the engagement. In 1849 he was planning the nicest castle called Neuschwanstein. Because he built that castle he was called the mysterious king. In 1870 he started the plan for his 2nd castle called Linderhof. In 1873 he bought the Herreninsel, on this island he built in 1878 a castle, called Herrenchiemsee, which has never been finished. In 1886 his doctors said he was mentally ill, because he built castles for so much money and wasn't concerned about his public. So he lost his throne. On June 13 1886 he drowned in lake Starnberg.
In 1873 King Ludwig II of Bavaria acquired the Herreninsel as the location for his Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee (New Palace). Modelled on Versailles, this palace was built as a "Temple of Fame" for King Louis XIV of France, whom the Bavarian monarch fervently admired.                          
                      

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The actual building of this "Bavarian Versailles", which was begun in 1878 from plans by Georg Dollmann, was preceded by a total of 13 planning stages. When Ludwig II died in 1886 the palace was still incompleted, and sections of it were later demolished.
The highlights of the large state rooms are the State Staircase, the State Bedroom and the Great Hall of Mirrors. The king's own rooms were in the intimate Small Apartment, designed in the French rococo style.
In 1876 Court Garden Director Carl von Effner completed the plans for a large garden resembling of Versailles. When the king died, only the sections along the main axis with their famous fountains and waterworks had been completed.


2.Lake Königssee
made by Marleen

The Lake Königssee is one of the most beautiful lakes in bavaria. It`s famous for its cristallgreeen water. It is placed on Berchtesgadener Land which forms the south-east nook of germany.
 Many tourists visit the lake every year. So it isn´t  a wonder that the German National Tourist Board voted him as one of the top 100 sights of Germany 2012.

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St. Bartholomew´s Church is the emblem of Lake Königssee.

The pilgrimage church lies picturesquely  on a  peninsula. 

The Lake is located at a Jurassic rift. It was formed by glaciers during the last ice age. He´s noted for it´s clear water and is advertised as the cleanest lake in Germany. This is the reason why only electric powered passenger ships and pedal boats have been driven on the lake since 1909.

Another popular thing is the drive with the passengers ship to the peninsula. Because of the lake‘s position with all the huge mountains around it, you‘ve got a fantastic soundscape. When you drive with the boat through the mountain passage, the driver of the boat stops in the middle of the lake and he plays a trumpet to display an echo. It can be heard reflected up to seven times. Here‘s a link to youtube, where you can see it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Doxps6KzBnU

 
 Here are some informations about the lake:

Max. length 7.7 km
Max. width 1.7 km
Max. depth 190 m

So, on the peninsula there is a church. St Bartoholomew.
You can only visit the peninsula with the ship, except if you are an alpinist and you climb up over the mountains .But I think that could be difficult. Well, the church was many, many years ago only a chapel.The chapel was built in 1134. However the chapel was too moderate and the Bavarian nobility broke it up. But the Bavarian king Ludwig II let it build up again. Since then, she has her baroque look with the imperial roofs and the red cupola.
St Bartholomew‘s church is an important part of the „Almer Wallfahrt“, which means a famous pilgrimage.It‘s the oldest pilgrimage in Europe. It first started in the 16th century.The pilgrims walk over 11 hours from Austria to Berchtesgadener Land and take the ship to St Bartholomew‘s, their destinatise.

3.Bavaria Filmstudios
made by Claudia

The bavaria filmstudios is a famous studio, which produces german films. I will tell you more about it:

They have many shooting films. Amongst others “Wikie und die starken Männer” ( Wikie and the strong men), “Das Boot”(The Boat), “Asterix und Obelix“(maybe you know the famous comic), „Die Wilden Kerle“(The wild Guys), „Die unendliche Geschichte“ (The Never Ending Story) and „Traumschiff Surprise“(Spaceship Surprise,a parodie of Spaceship Enterprise)

4 D Cinema:

The “Bavaria Filstudios” have also a 4D cinema. It´s a funny experience. When you look at an action film it can appear that your chair turns in the directon of the movement in scene. Or you sloshed with water.

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The Stuntshow
Since 1989 the highlight of the Bavaria Filstudios was a stuntshow. The highlight of the stuntshow was a jump from 22 meters. From 2004 to 2010 was the stuntshow in a 1200 m² tall hall. There could seat 500 visiters. The 45-minutes show played in front of New Yorker blocks. Bavaria Filmstadt had a policecar and a policemotorcycle too. But in November 2010 the stuntshow was stopped to be performed.
Here`s also a link to youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR_UMlQj44E

 


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