Friday, July 23, 2010

Architecture from Austria and Germany

So now that you've traveled through various parts of Italy here and here, let's look at some different types of architecture.  Once we move past the rolling hills of central Italy we head north into the mountains, and the Alps!  It's much more wooded, and since there's plenty of wood, the architecture reflects that.  Many of the home and building styles here have more wood ornamentation as well as painted on decor.

Notice the wood framing on this building.

Wood shutters and entry way.

I loved that pretty much every house had the cutest little wooden flower boxes underneath the windows!

This area also has many stone castles.  This is Castle Neuschwanstein.  If it looks slightly familiar, it's because Disneylands's Sleeping Beauty castle was based off of this one.

Here's an example of some of the painted on decor.  Many of the homes and buildings had this.

Another example of the painted on mural.

And we can't forget the little strawberry stand.  The strawberries we purchased from this stand were, quite literally, the best I've ever had!


28 said...

I was just reminiscing about my own Germany (and Italy) trip last night!

One of my favorite day journeys was to the "Cinderella castle" and Oberammergau.

Glad you had a great trip - thanks for sharing!

Torie said...

Thanks for posting this! I lived in Gaming, Austria for a while, a perfect village nestled in the foothills of the Alps. This post made me smile! Thanks again!