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  • Day48

    Day 48 - Fairytale Castles

    September 20 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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  • Day5

    Ein Land im Dornröschenschlaf

    May 27 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Wrooooom... Weiter geht unsere Tour über steile Serpentinen, huckelige Almstrassen und enge Dorfgässchen. Camper "Alf" meistert alles mit Bravour. Am vierten Tag unseres aufregenden Roadtrips schälen sich schon bald die, im Sonnenlicht strahlenden Türmchen, von Neuschwanstein aus dem dunklen Nadelwald. Wow. Ein wahres Disneyschloss mitten in den Alpen. Märchenhaft.

    Ähnlich wie bei Dornröschen scheint alles drumherum im tiefen Schlaf zu stecken. Denn Corona hat Bayern noch fest im Griff. Touristen gibt es hier zur Zeit kaum. Erst Montag öffnet wieder alles. Auch das Schloss selbst ist noch fest versiegelt. Dafür gibt es aber auch keine chinesischen Touristenbusse, keine Warteschlangen, keine überfüllten Parkplätze. Nur uns und die Natur. Herrlich.

    Genauso die selbe wohltuende Einsamkeit genießen wir am Eibsee. Einen hellblau schimmernden Bergsee direkt am Fuß der Zugspitze der zu einer gemütlichen Umrundung einlädt. Wir sind schlichtweg begeistert von seinem glasklaren Wasser und den türkisen Sandbänken welche überall durchschimmern.

    Wenn man Corona ein was Gutes abgewinnen möchte, dann sind es diese "einmal im Leben Momente", dass man solch Kleinod der Natur ganz für sich alleine hat.
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  • Day7

    Auf geht's in den Kampf

    October 9 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 6 °C

    Heute haben wir eine extrem lange Strecke vor uns. Gleich auf der ersten Roadmission bietet der Oberjochpass 106 Kurven Fahrvergnügen. Schauen wir mal, wie sich das mit der Kombination von Alkohol gestern haben macht. 😅Read more

  • Day6

    SAC Event

    October 8 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    Heute hatten wir nicht ganz so viele Kilometer zu fahren wie in den letzten Tagen. Ab 15 Uhr konnten wir anreisen auf dem Platz, wo das große SAC Event stattgefunden hat. Es war ein absolut genialer und großartiger Abend mit einer Menge Spaß und netten Leuten! 🍻
    Wir genießen nun noch die Aussicht auf das Schloß Neuschwanstein am Lagerfeuer und sagen dann gute Nacht! 🌙
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  • Day17

    Cows

    September 14, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Cows are like, A Thing, in the alps.

    They are very cute, and they are everywhere.

    Also, they all have bells around their necks. There were a few times I thought I heard a bicycle bell behind me. Nope. Just a cow in the distance.Read more

  • Day8

    #6 Task of the Day

    October 8 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Castle & Mountains chill out time

    Das erste Treffen mit den anderen Rallye- Abenteurern bei fantastischem Alpenpanorama und Blick auf Schloss Neuschwanstein mit bayerischer Musik, Essen und Bier 🍻

  • Day3

    Schloss Neuschwanstein

    September 9, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 8 °C

    Um 06.00 Uhr klingelte heute morgen der Wecker, denn unsere Führung für Schloss Neuschwanstein war heute.
    Gegen 08.00 im Örtchen Hohenschwangau hieß es erstmal Tickets holen und den 2,5 km Fußmarsch zum Schloss antreten.
    Nach der Führung sind wir dann noch zur bekannten Marienbrücke gelaufen und noch zu einem höheren Aussichtspunkt.
    Am Nachmittag sind wir dann noch zum Schloss Hohenschwangau gelaufen.
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