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    • Day 3

      Royal Castles

      February 23, 2023 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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    • Day 34

      34. Neuschwanstein

      March 9 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Instead of driving to the car park closest to the castle and paying a hefty parking fee , we decided to park a couple of miles away and cycle to the start of the footpath up to the famous castle . James towed Maddy in her little dog trailer , which is always comical and good fun - James did very well towing Maddy up the hills , considering she is 23 kg !
      The walk up to the castle was very steep , but didn't take nearly as long as what we thought it would . Once at the entrance of the beautiful castle , we discovered that it was only 18 euros each to complete an audio guide of the castle . We were under the impression that it was going to be 50 euros each when researching the night before ! We were absolutely gutted we didn't know this sooner as we couldn't enter the castle with Maddy.
      None the less , we enjoyed walking around the grounds of the majestic castle and stopped off for a picnic before walking back down .
      After all that walking and cycling , we made the decision to drive back to the campsite we had stayed at the previous night so we could shower and chill .
      We spent the evening planning our next moves and decided that we were going to visit the romantic old town of Füssen before going back to Neuschwanstein castle to complete the tour . We had a chicken and veg sir fry in preparation for another active day tomorrow !
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    • 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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    • Day 13

      King's Castles

      October 8, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 64 °F

      Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein, "Mad" King Ludwig's famous castles. The first is actually the older one, where he actually grew up. The second is his more famous "fairytale castle project," and was the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty. Although newer, it was built over the ruins of an older medieval castle (Hohenschwangau was also built on top of an older site). Pics also include famous Mary's Bridge viewpoint (also shown from afar, at the castle) and hike to nearby higher (and less crowded) overlook.Read more

    • 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

    • 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

    • Day 6

      Neuschwanstein Castle

      April 10, 2023 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

    • Day 24

      2_Schloss Neuschwanstein

      June 24, 2023 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

    • Day 14

      Neuschwanstein Castle

      July 23, 2023 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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    • Day 4

      Schloss Neuschwanstein

      February 9 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

      Das bayrische Märchenschloss Neuschwanstein liegt sehr nahe bei Füssen auf einem waldigen Felssporn mit herrlichem Blick über das ganze Schwangau mit dem Förggensee. Es ist ein Touristspot par excellence. Hier trifft sich die ganze Welt! 10 Euro kostet die Parkkarte - wir laufen 30 min zum Schloss hinauf und nachher auch noch zur toll gelegenen Marienbrücke.

      Schon als Kind hat Kronprinz Ludwig die Naturschönheiten der Gegend um Schwangau kennen und lieben gelernt, so auch das Schauspiel des Wasserfalls in der Pöllatschlucht oberhalb von Neuschwanstein. Die von schroffen Felswänden gesäumte Schlucht wurde schon in der Generation Maximilians II. als besonders attraktives Stück Natur
      "entdeckt". Der zunächst hölzerne Steg der Marienbrücke wurde durch Ludwig II. während des Baus von Neuschwanstein durch die jetzige elegante freitragende Eisenkonstruktion ersetzt. "Die Aussicht von dort oben ist bezaubernd schön, besonders auch der Blick von der Marienbrücke aus auf die Burg, welche die Wartburg, die mit Recht so viel gepriesene, was Lage, sowie architektonische Pracht und Glanz der Gemälde betrifft weit überstrahlen soll, schreibt König Ludwig II. 1881 in einem Brief.
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    Hohenschwangau, Хоеншвангау

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