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    • Day 30

      N E U S C H W A N S T E I N

      June 9, 2022 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 5 °C

      Aujourd'hui c'est la visite des châteaux de Bavière ! Je vais donc a Schwangau, j'ai un billet pour Neuschwanstein (le château qui a inspiré Walt Disney pour celui de la belle au bois dormant) mais j'arrive grave en avance donc j'en profite pour me balader dans la cours du château de Hohenschwangau non lui, grave stylé dans sa jolie couleur orangée très sudiste ~
      Je redescend du château en logeant un lac puis je me met en route pour Neuschwanstein. D'abord pas mal de rando autours pour trouver des points de vue sympas, puis la visite a 17h était expéditive mais intense ! Tellement de détails PARTOUT ; dans les peintures, les gravures, les tapisseries, le bois, le plafond, les meubles, les portes.. Jpp de beauté..
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      Traveler  Super châteaux...


      Traveler  La vie de château quoi 🫅


      Traveler  Belle photo !!!

    • Day 4

      Schloss Neuschwanstein

      August 28, 2022 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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      Traveler  Gorgeous pictures 🤩


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

    • Day 3

      Royal Castles

      February 23 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      Today was a full day tour of two of the royal castles of Bavaria, located close to the Austrian border, about 90 minutes from Munich.

      Linderhof Palace is the smaller castle, the only one of King Ludwig II’s castles which he lived to see completed. He liked to be alone and built the castle with no provision for guests. He also liked to dine alone and out of sight of his servants, so had installed a table that was lowered through the floor with a crank mechanism so it could be set in the room below, and raised when ready, ensuring no interaction with his servants. The table is still in working order, the only one of its kind in the world.

      After Linderhof we visited Oberammergau, home of the famous Passion Play, held every 10 years since 1634.

      We had a stand-up wurst lunch, before we visited Neuschwanstein Castle. It's often referred as a "fairy-tale castle" and was the model for the castle on the Walt Disney logo. Every room is elaborately decorated and filled with ornate furniture. Built on a rocky outcrop overlooking a valley, the best view of the castle is from Marienbruke, a bridge spanning the gorge behind the castle.

      Tours of the castle start every 5 minutes, with a maximum of 65 people per tour. Tickets must be purchased in advance, as it's a 45 minute walk from the ticket office to the castle entrance... and if you miss your allotted timeslot, you can't join another tour, and no refunds are given.

      After a long day and much walking, we arrived back in Munich at 7pm and grabbed some takeaway on the way back to our hotel.
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      John Kalaitzis  I had it my head that the passion play was performed only every 10 years? I'd be useless at quizzes!


      Darren and Janet  oops, that's been corrected now 🙄


      John Kalaitzis  I was full of self doubt. Glad it's all been cleared up now :)

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    • Day 49


      July 27 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Day 48:
      Distance: 39.37 km (1,572.68 km)
      Steps: 56,682 (2,245,209)
      Move time: 9h29 (349h15)
      Spend: £7.02 (£734.36)
      (↗️ 2,677m; ↘️ 1,892m)

      🇩🇪 Füssen to Brunnenkopfhütte. 🇩🇪

      I fed the calves good and proper with over 4,500 metres of elevation change and almost 40 kilometres of pure alpine trekking today. I don’t even know what else to say, I'm just lucky to have been able to have reached here. It's so beautiful and serene. Another bonus is that after having been a member of Bath Uni Mountaineering Club, I am technically already a member of the British Mountaineering Council, which has already hugely helped in saving money when staying in this mountain hut, which in itself is actually so sick. Almost makes the having to put up with some of the stuck-up climbers worth it, ey?Read more

      Traveler  Climbers really are the worst


      Traveler  Awesome pics JJ 👏


      Traveler  😁😁

    • Day 9

      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

      Traveler  Is this the castle Harry Potter was designed after?


      Traveler  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.

    • Day 3

      Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

      October 1 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 70 °F

      Perched on the Bavarian Alps, the Neuschwanstein Castle is a stunning 19th-century palace known for its fairy-tale architecture with soaring turrets, exquisite interiors, and breathtaking views. Commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, it's often associated with the swan symbol, as the king was fascinated with these graceful birds, which are incorporated into various elements of the castle's design.

      The Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle draws its inspiration from Neuschwanstein.

      The death of King Ludwig II adds an air of mystery to the castle's history. In 1886, under controversial circumstances, he was declared mentally unfit to rule and was found dead in Lake Starnberg shortly after. The circumstances surrounding his demise remain the subject of intrigue and speculation, adding an element of mystique to the legacy of Neuschwanstein Castle.
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    • Day 6

      Neuschwanstein Castle

      April 10 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      Next stop in the Alps was Neuschwanstein castle. It looks spectacular seen from the Marien bridge, built on the edge of the cliff face! It's a long and steep walk up the mountain and begs to consider the difficulty they may have had building the castle. King Ludwig II's castle actually never completed construction before his sudden death. He lived in it for a total of only 172 days. This visit we also did a tour of the inside of the castle (no photos allowed, and recommend to book tickets online well in advance), which shows his vivid imagination and why he is known as the fairy tale king / swan king / mad king. We were so lucky with the weather today as the rest of our time in Germany it rained every day.Read more

      Traveler  🥰🥰🥰


      Traveler  Echt super fotografiert, Antonia 🤩!

    • Day 14

      Neuschwanstein Castle

      July 23 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

      The main event for our visit to Munich and for our day trip was seeing Schloss Neuschwanstein - Neuschwanstein Castle - in the Bavarian Alps. Like Linderhof, it was constructed by (or perhaps for and on the orders of) King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It was built between 1869 and 1886 and today is perhaps the best-known castle in Germany. Unlike Linderhof (but like his third castle, which we did not visit) at the time of Ludwig's death in 1886 the castle was still incomplete, both structurally and inside.

      Ludwig described himself as a fairytale king, and spent much of his time fantasising about times gone by when monarchs held absolute power (as Bavaria was a constitutional monarchy). This manifested both in his obsession with Louis XIV seen at Linderhof and in a fascination with medieval Europe, when kings wielded greater power than his political context granted him.

      At the same time, Ludwig held a deep love for the operas of Richard Wagner, a German composer (and famed anti-Semite) about 35 years his senior. In addition to providing Wagner with significant funding over his life and particularly in his early years as king, Ludwig was greatly inspired by the romanticism of Wagner's works. Many references to and depictions of Wagner's works can be found in Neuschwanstein's architecture and interior decorating.

      Even with his fairytale fantasies, Ludwig championed new technologies. Most notably, his bedchamber contained running water from a nearby mountain stream immediately accessible by tap, and the castle possessed the first working telephone in Bavaria.

      At the time of Ludwig's death at age 40, the castle was unfinished. Only a handful of rooms inside were completed - the beautiful throne room lacks a throne, for example - and the planned construction of a chapel and a further courtyard below the large balcony never eventuated. Even despite this, Neuschwanstein is one of the largest castles in Europe and continues to stand today as a monument to Ludwig II's fantasies of both power and escape.
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      Traveler  Impressive


      Traveler  The castles are increadable. They look so big and I can’t imagine how many people were involved in building them or how much money it cost.

    • Day 24

      2_Schloss Neuschwanstein

      June 24 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Wir sehen uns das imposante Schloss von der Nähe inmitten tausende anderer Besucher an. Ohne Buchung kommt man aber nur bis zum Eingangstor. So gehen wir entlang der Schlossmauern und weiter auf dem Weg der uns zu einem imposanten Aussichtspunkt hoch über dem Ort Hohenschwangau und Blick auf das gegenüberliegende gleichnamige Schloss bringt. Angesicht der vielen Besucher nehmen wir den Abstieg wieder in Angriff und finden ein Waldsträsschen das hinunter zum Ort führt und kaum frequentiert ist.Read more

      Traveler  Vor Jahren erlebten wir dieses Szenario auch ähnlich, aber immerhin bekamen wir am selben Tag noch ein Zeitfenster zur Besichtigung 🥴

    • Day 1

      Castle de la Graigslist

      June 21, 2022 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

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