OK, a conference for work may not sound like much of an adventure, but DX prides itself on its social event. This year the conference was in Murnau, on the edge of the Alps, and the Wednesday afternoon event was a climb up a local mountain, Jochberg. Despite being October, the unseasonably warm weather meant the walk, up to 1650m was perfectly pleasant in shorts and a t-shirt.
The view from the top was lovely, with lakes and mountains in all directions. Unfortunately it was a little hazy, but sitting at the summit in the sunshine was very nice. Even better, there was a hutte with beer half way down!
Thursday night saw the weather change, and the same mountain we’d climbed had a blanket of snow on Friday morning! The conference finished at lunch time, but a small group of us elected to travel back into the mountains to visit Schloss Linderhof, a palace built by King Ludwig of Bavaria, the same one responsible for the famous Neuschwanstein castle. The Schloss is a miniature version of Versaille, but with the addition of lots of Bavarian Baroque touches, so the “Hall of Mirrors” is only about 4m square, but filled with carved wood, gilded bronze, and an ivory chandelier! Unfortunately, no photographs are permitted inside.
The grounds were equally impressive, with a number of small pavilions, one in Moorish style, another in Moroccan, and so on. The highlight was the enormous artificial grotto, complete with and underground lake with a boat floating in it, garlands of silk flowers hanging from the stalactites, and even a waterfall! Quite the most ridiculous folly I’ve seen anywhere.