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    • Day4

      Schloss Neuschwanstein

      August 28 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 61 °F

      Took a day trip from Munich to Fussen today to see King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle.
      It was another day of multiple transfers. Walk, train, bus, bus, walk. Then repeat. 12,000 steps already. Transportation chewed up a lot of time. The tour is surprisingly short and The views are obv amazing. The bridge spanning the river above the castle has floor boards that have more give than u want lol.

      We’re on the train back to Munich for our last night- heading out early tomorrow by bus to Bolzano to pick up our teeny tiny car and begin our Italian adventure! Stay tuned 💟
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      Gorgeous pictures 🤩


      Simply breathtaking!! It looks like you’re having an amazing time!

    • Day11


      August 29 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      Heute sind wir schon früh gestartet, damit wir vor allen anderen unterwegs sind 😅 hat sich gelohnt, wir waren fast die ersten, die da waren!
      Haben als ersten Stopp den Lechfall angepeilt und sind dann weiter Richtung Erlebnispfad gewandert und haben da eine kleine Waldlehre gemacht 😄 als Belohnung gab es einen Abstecher in die City zum bummeln.
      Da wir jedoch noch nicht genug hatten sind wir noch etwas weiter gelaufen und haben ein empfohlenes Restaurant aufgesucht - der Tipp hat sich gelohnt & das von dort selbst gebraute Bier wurde ebenfalls eingepackt 🥰🤤
      Morgen geht es zu unserem letzten Stopp auf unserer Reise - die Wasserfälle haben wir alle gesehen & machen noch spontan einen Städtetrip 😍
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      Wow, dass sieht ja klasse aus 👍🏻😊


      Sieht sehr lecker 😋 aus …


      Super 👍

    • Day48

      Day 48 - Fairytale Castles

      September 20, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      After an awful night sleep for no apparent reason, I went down to the cafeteria to pick up our breakfasts to go. It was a decent doggie bag of a cheese roll, a ham roll, yoghurt, bar of chocolate, apple, apple juice & a large cup of coffee.

      It was just after 10am, when we hit the road heading for Hohenschwagon & it’s two famous castles. After negotiating the outskirts of Munich, we headed south & eventually picked up the Romantische Straße (Romantic Road), apparently devised by promotion-minded travel agents in the 1950s. “It describes the 350 kilometres (220 mi) of surface roads between Würzburg and Füssen in southern Germany, specifically in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, linking a number of picturesque towns and castles.

      “In medieval times, it was a trade route that connected the center of Germany with the south. Today, this region is thought by many international travellers to possess "quintessentially German" scenery and culture, in towns and cities such as Nördlingen, Dinkelsbühl and Rothenburg ob der Tauber and in castles such as Burg Harburg and the famous Neuschwanstein”.

      We arrived outside Neuschwanstein around midday & on the approach road the two castles appeared out of their shroud of clouds up in the mountains. It was a magical sight to behold. The most iconic castle is the white Neuschwanstein Castle, a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II (Mad King Ludwig) of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds. The castle was intended as a home for the king, until he died.

      Neuschwanstein Castle has featured in numerous movies including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang & was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

      The 2nd castle, Hohenschwangau Castle is a 19th-century palace. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria. It doesn’t look so impressive from a distance.

      After numerous photos we headed into Neuschwanstein, which was heaving with tourists. The car parks wanted €8 to park & the entry fee to each castle was €25, too much for us. Instead we (I) abandoned the car illegally & took photos as best as I could.

      Afterwards we continued through the expensive town of Fussen, heading further west just north of the Austrian & Swiss borders until we arrived in Friedrichshafen. Friedrichshafen sits on the northern shores of Lake Constance looking across at it’s neighbour, Switzerland on the southern shore. It is also surrounded by vineyards & apple shrubs bursting at the seams with fruit.

      We stopped for a leg stretch & a nosey & discovered that the lake shores were sandy & effectively a beach as we know it. It may have been that it was a Sunday, but the roads on this stretch were heaving.

      We could have stayed, but decided to push on to our intended destination in the Black Forest. It was a slow, but scenic drive to Merzhausen, a couple of miles south of Freiburg im Breisgau, the largest town in the Black Forest. Our hotel, Gruner Baum Merzhausen is a traditional style hotel for the region.

      After checking in, we went down to the bar & restaurant for a couple of locally brewed beers & planned our itinerary for tomorrow. Dinner was expensive, so after much debate we ended up just sharing a carpaccio salad & a traditional German pizza, which was very thin & called a Flammkuchen. It was nice, but I went to bed still hungry.

      Song of the Day : Castles in the Air by Don McLean.
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    • Day6


      September 14 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 70 °F

      Day Five
      We started the day by eating breakfast in the shadow of King Ludwig II's castle, Neuschwanstein. I could not take my eyes off it while eating scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, croissants, and American coffee.
      I read a blog talking about the best places to take pictures of Neuschwanstein. They suggested that the best place to capture the castle was taking a gondola ride to the top of a peak that would give outstanding vista's and different viewing angles of the castle. So we set off and took the gondola to
      Tegelbergbahn. $26 per person. The views were unbelievable. At one point you could see four different mountain ranges, the vast plain before the castle, numbers of beautiful lakes, and towns and villages. However, what we did not see was either castle. The blog said,
      "After the ascent/ascent, you have already reached this wonderful vantage point!"

      There could not be a bigger lie than this. A mountain shielded Neuschwanstein from view. We asked around and were told that we needed to take a trail that would give glimpses of the castle. Bruce and I walked, stepped, and slid down a hiking trail meant only for goats and mountain men. I turned back as we left Linda at the top. We would meet at the parking lot where cars and busses parked. This was breaking a "rule" that we made during the first trip. We do everything Noah style: two by two. As I left Bruce and started making my way back to the top, it seemed that the trail was straight up. At that altitude and being out of shape to climb mountain trails, I was gasping for breath and wondering how in the world I had gotten to this point. I finally made it back to Linda and we took the gondola to the bottom. We picked up Kim at the hotel to meet Bruce when he made his way to "Mary's Bridge" at the base of Neuschwanstein Castle. We finally caught up with Bruce, took some pictures and went to eat at the restaurant where we ate last night. Once again a good meal and desert. It didn't rain until we were at the restaurant.
      We walked the 300 meters to the hotel in the rain. I felt like Gene Kelly in "Singing in the Rain." It was beautiful and magical all at the same time. When we got to the hotel, Kim wasn't ready to say goodbye to Neuschwanstein. So we decided to have hot cocoa and watch the sun set on the mountain and Neuschwanstein castle. We talked and laughed about our fortunes and misfortunes. It was another great day.
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    • Day10


      August 22, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Neuschwanstein Castle is probably the most widely recognized building in Germany. Most of us know that this is the castle that inspired Walt Disney.
      Built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the 19th century. For some reason, I had thought this was older. It turns out that Ludwig the Insane (as he was known when he was deposed) wished to recreate medieval chivalry.
      The 1st picture is of the castle from across the valley. The 2nd and 3rd pictures are taken in the entry courtyard.
      Unfortunately, pictures are not allowed inside the castle. So I found 3 postcards together in the shop and took a picture of them. This at least gives you a sense of the decor. It is even more extraordinary. Most of the decor reflects the legends made well known in the Wagnerian operas.
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    • Day9

      Schloss Neuschwanstein

      December 16, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 41 °F

      Bucket list ticked off. It was an adventure in itself to get to the castle(s). Bus and a very long walk. My suggestion is to pay the money and have the horses take you up. The tours were short and no photos from inside are allowed which was a shame. But it is really the exterior of the castles that are visually stunning. My photos don’t do any if it justice.Read more


      Is this the castle Harry Potter was designed after?


      That’s the castle from all those puzzles and movies!

      Pam Welty

      It’s the castle that they used as the idea for Cinderella’s castle at Disneyland. Hogwarts castle was modeled from one in Edinburgh. I will see that one over New Years.

    • Day7

      Romantic Road

      September 15 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      Day Six
      Today was not a typical "Biggs and Crowder" moving day. Moving day is when we leave one city and move to another. Normally we get started earlier, get out of town with a plan. Not today. Today was a sit and talk kind of day. Not only did we talk amongst ourselves, but the owner and staff were so friendly that breakfast turned into a two hour, 3 cups of Hot Chocolate kind of breakfast. We talked, stared at Neuschwanstein, talked, ate more croissants, and spoke of future trips. We finally said our goodbyes to Annette and the staff. We left to make our way through the cities that are part of the Romantic Road between Fussen and Würzburg. The rains finally caught up with us and we simply made "drive-throughs" instead of "walk-throughs," it was raining so hard.
      We arrived in Rothenburg where we will be staying for the next two nights. Before dinner we did a quick walk-through of the city and decided that will leave the car parked until we leave to go to Frankfurt to fly to Texas. There is so much to accomplish while we are here. Germany's most photographed house is here. Pictures coming tomorrow for that.
      We had another grat meal, Bruce declared "Best Meal of the Trip." I couldn't disagree.
      Getting to bed early. Lots of walking tomorrow.
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    • Day1

      Castle de la Graigslist

      June 21 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

      Soooo after 6 hours of driving to see this beautiful castle, I had to pay 12 euros for a parking spot. Hell no I'm not making that mistake again, so I went 4 minutes further with my camper in a (hopefully) free spot. Hiked for an hour all the way to the top to see a average impressive castle. I mean graigslist version is maybe a bit over exaggerated but if you see the first picture (this one is from google) and then my pictures you get why I call it a graigslist version, especially after driving for 6 hours to see it. I mean it was nice but I liked the scenery around it more. Beautiful nature. Then I went back to my camper to find out that I had no clue where I put it. So after walking to the wrong parking spot for 17 minutes and then another hour of walking to the right spot (I hoped) I thankfully found my camper. So now I'm omw to buy me some wine and watch a movie after this little adventure!Read more

    • Day3


      August 2, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      Heute ließen wir es mal ganz entspannt angehen. Ausschlafen, spätes Frühstück mit frischen Semmeln in der Sonne, Führungen durch den T@b (Michael hatte uns ja schon vorgewarnt dass wir die Attraktion Nr. 1 sein werden), SUPen, Baden Aufwärmen beim Kaffee nochmal SUPen und baden (diesmal umgekehrt).
      Unsere kleinen Vorräte waren nun endgültig aufgebracht, also brachen wir zum Einkaufen auf. Eigentlich mit einem Zwischenstop bei Neuschwanstein, jedoch waren die Parkplätze so teuer, dass wir entschieden es morgen zu Fuß nochmal zu versuchen. Das Einkaufen dauerte ohnehin länger, dass wir völlig ausgehungert gleich zum Essen zu Schiffwirtschaft gingen. Es begann gut mit einem Traumtisch in der Abendsonne. Als diese jedoch verschwunden war, wurde es schnell sehr kühl und das Essen ließ eine geschlagene Stunde auf sich warten. Das Warten rentierte sich jedoch: Caprese Salat, Rucola Pizza und Mojito waren allesamt sehr delikat 😁
      PS: heute hatten wir insgesamt drei T@b-Besichtigungen und einige nette kurze Gespräche mit Passanten
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    • Day2


      August 1, 2021 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Ausgeschlafen, aber ohne Frühstück traten wir am Vormittag die einstündige Fahrt über teils sehr enge Straßen hindurch durch saftige Wiesen an den Bannwaldsee an. Trotz maximal 90 km/h schnellte der Verbrauch leider im Nu von 25 auf 29 kWh/100km hoch, aber wir beruhigten uns damit, dass dies bestimmt am Regen und dem Anstieg gen Alpen lag. Der Heimweg wird es uns zeigen.
      Am Campingplatz Bannwaldsee angekommen konnten wir auch gleich einchecken und unser Platzerl direkt am See beziehen, wo auch schon bald die ersten Bewunderer - v.a. Kinder- unseres außergewöhnlichen Gespanns zu hören waren. Dann musste dringend das Frühstück (Frenchpress-Kaffee und Schokoporridge) nachgeholt werden! ;-) Nach einer kurzen Erkundungstour über den Campingplatz inklusive Einkauf für die Brotzeit zwischendurch hüpften wir zur "Erfrischung" in den See. Aufgewärmt haben wir uns anschließend mit einem warmen Minztee und abends ließen wir uns Spaghetti mit Pesto schmecken.
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Füssen, Fuessen, Fiassa, Фюсен, Φύσεν, فوسن, Ֆյուսեն, フュッセン, Abdiacum, Fiusenas, فسن, Фюссен, Фисен, ฟึสเซิน, 菲森

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