Total ticketing tourist tricksters

Okay, my Austrian girlfriend had put this tick into my ear: you ought to go to Bregenz and see the See. No, sorry, see the lake-theater (German: Seebühne) built right into the water. How cool can you get! Very!!

Yes, I can very much recommend it if you like Austria (CHECK, our backyard, unless our politicians come up with stupid ideas),

 

if you like operas (CHECK, especially if hubby is more into the mainstream operatic ones featuring real songs he can sing) (can he sing?),

if you don’t mind being cramped up for about 2 1/2 hours on the hard plastic seat (CHECK, don’t forget fat cushions and yoga class beforehand) (forget about breaks or walking or standing up in between),

if you had a yummy dinner (CHECK CHECK at La Scarpetta in Dornbirn and the Kleines Gasthaus am See, bliss, except fot the three screechers & wailers whose parents couldn’t care less about their offspring’s wails),

So, if you don’t mind all the above- mentioned things, then a weekend trip from Munich to Bregenz (about 2 1/2 hours cramped in a car) and lots of extra cash is just the thing!

Our Travel Agency took out a chuck by charging our credit card the minute we booked with them.- that is a NO-NO. Normally, your card gets charged for 20%  immediately as a kind of promise and the rest about a week or two ahead of the event. Our agency  pretended now to know about this etiquette, but I had a long talk with them. After all, there such things as a Terminüberweisung and the bank will make sure the money is transferred right on time.

The hotel chosen in Dornbirn was the right size and category and not too far off from the Seebühne, about 20 km along the B 190, but had definitely seen better days and did NOT have AC. Nor did it have appeal. However, it boasts a very good breakfast, albeit missing the more expensive choices, but I don’t breakfast that much anyway, and the employees are nice and offer cushions and shuttle bus and those things you didn’t know you’d need.

Our escapism took us first to the interesting Rolls-Royce museum in Gütle (8,-€ adult), then the Seilbahn/ incline up the Karren of Gütle (Oh yes, the view iS WORTH it! free overlook in plastic over the precipice) and a great lunch of Lumpensalat (a sausage – cheese – red-onion- vinegar – oil dressing kind) with good beer and even better Almdudler (what? you don’t know the famous lemonade with herbs?).

The hot afternoon was spent in the Waldbad / Gütleright next to the river or creek without much water in this drought, but interestingly full of big and small smooth rocks and pebbles. The Waldbad offers many treats for families, well run.

 

 

“Carmen” by Bizet is most certainly in all the operatic books and Wiki. The scoop was the fantastic Bühnenbild/ backdrop done by a lady from London with two gigantic hands tossing the cards of fate. At times, the cards will be lowered at ground level to go partially underwater, so the crowd gets emphatic with skirt tossing and head banging and running and splashing each other, which is just the build-up of suspense to Carmen’s tragic end (how did the singer manage that death scene???) – no, I’m not cheating, you go there yourself, please!

 

 

 

 

Landshut – betrothal, ceramics, The Sphere

Tu felix Landshut, nube” must have been the idea of the politically arranged marriage Landshuter Hochzeit 1475 celebrated every four years (next one in 2021) in Landshut – head of the Land Lower Bavaria. The betrothal between the Bavarian Duke Georg der Reiche and Hedwig Jagiellonica, daughter of Kasimir IV Andreas, King of Poland and the wedding festivities are depicted on the walls of the Prunksaal, the Magnificent Hall of the Old Town Hall, Altes Rathaus – or simply go there for the next magnificent celebration, lasting several weeks with parades and knights’ tournaments in historical costumes dating all the way back to 1475.

20180608_150035
close-up of a wall painting in the Rathaus

The town itself started out with the castle Burg Trausnitz and several long, very narrow streets along the river, with the textile and ceramic trade and tanners closest to the water. The Great Fire of 1342 conveniently burned down all the wooden houses in the middle, thereafter only brick and stone houses were built, leaving us with today’s view of the Altmarkt.

The Catholic Church being “mightier than the sword”, there are quite a few churches worth visiting, especially the one recently converted into an exposition hall for works of art by Fritz Koenig, whom everybody will recognize as the creator of The Sphere in front of the World Trade Center and found under tons of debris after nine/eleven, now removed as a symbol of hope and survival to Liberty Park. Fritz Koenig (1924 – 2017) was fascinated by Arabian horses and had lovely ones in his stables and grounds in Landshut. Another of his works, Bildschriften, usually located in Unterföhring, is currently on loan to Florence. Near his former property is the Berufsfachschule für Keramik, a world-renowned school for ceramics.

The nuns of the Ursulinen Kloster were among the very first to promote free education for girls, which they successfully did until not so many years ago. Currently there is a fine exposition ZUgeneigt on their history till 11 November 2018, Wednesday – Sunday.

20180608_120607
Europe Park near Berufsfachschule für Keramik, Landshut

Don’t miss out on the Rosentage (rose festival) in the castle Burg Trausnitz in June (Park and Ride with a shuttle bus up the very steep hill from the Grieserwiese). Do enjoy some typical Bavarian food and (what else?) beer! (Augustiner of course) while you are in Landshut. Enjoy!

20180608_133726.jpg
Krustenbraten mit Kraut und Knödel