Our ferry took us from Herrenchiemsee Palace over to Fraueninsel (Ladies Island) for the annual town Christmas Market --- our first market of the trip, and we were eager beavers to experience it to the fullest!
Herrenchiemsee Palace is located on Herreninsel meaning Man’s Island while Fraueninsel means Women’s Island, getting their names from the first buildings on them: A monastery on Men’s Island and a nunnery on Women’s Island.
As we made our way toward Fraueninsel, I was captivated by the sight of the buildings on the island as we drew closer – the sky was blue and cloudless, the sun shone brightly and the reflection of the island in the water was breathtaking.
Nearing our dock!
As we disembarked, everyone took off in their own direction like children in an amusement park. There were stalls and booths for food and hand crafts ---so much to see, so much to taste, so much to try!
I found my way to the church –I love visiting churches and learning about their origins and thinking of their place in the lives of the people over the past centuries.
The church is one of the oldest church buildings in southern Germany. It was constructed as asingle-aisle Romanesque basilica. The foundations and part of the walls date from Carolingian times (8th century). The rest of the building was added around 1000AD.
It’s been here a LONG LONG time! Think of all the families it has seen. It’s amazing to think about!
I loved the cemetery!
walking around, reading names, contemplating lives and experiences.
This spire is almost silo-shaped, with the onion dome on top.
Lovely cherub head stone.
I love how the graves are cared for and planted with perennials and other greenery. On many of the graves you will find candles burning in the memory of loved ones passed on.
Inside the church.
See the lady sitting in the pew? These were the oddest pews I’ve ever seen, and let me tell you, NOT so comfy!! I guess church was not supposed to be comfortable. But can you imagine?
Market visitors were busy lighting candles.
Christmas trees adorn the sanctuary
The pew I sat in had this name plate visible. Who’s pew was I sitting in?
Bonus of the day --- a choir was rehearsing for a concert that evening. I caught a short video of the rehearsal:
It wasn’t long before they were kicking everyone out of the chapel --- the concert required tickets, and of course those of us freeloading didn’t have one – so out we went!
From here we checked out the food booths and the Christmas goodies!
Crowds were plenty!
The children’s park was full with young families and children playing!
Hand made ornaments and goodies!
Signs and home décor!
Lots of doggies on parade!
Angels and other Christmas décor
Beautiful glass balls!
Someone saw me taking a photo!
Home town oompa music plays in the backgroud:
The best thing of all was just experiencing the island and people watching –and the scenery, oh – the scenery!
See those snow-capped mountains? I kept pinching myself that I was really here!
I love this photo – fishing boat in the front, ferry behind – and in back the gorgeous mountains surrounding Lake Chiemsee!
This was such a wonderful day with so much to see and do ---
And the adventure continues ---