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Landkreis Ostallgäu

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  • Day19

    Neuschwanstein Castle

    September 21, 2016 in Germany

    We struggled getting up in time for this day trip from Munich after "briefly"checking out Oktoberfest the night before, but it was definitely worth the trip.

    King Ludwig II of Bavaria built this castle in the late 1800's and died a few days before it finished. He was a bit crazy, but certainly had the vision to build a stunning castle. This castle was the inspiration for Walt Disney when he created Sleeping Beauty's castle. We thought it was much prettier from afar especially because of the beautiful scenic backdrop it was set in.Read more

  • Day49

    Schloss Neuschwanstein

    October 14, 2017 in Germany

    In keeping with movie themes, we visited Neuschwanstein Castle today, which is the castle that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang flew over. It is also the castle that Walt Disney reportedly based the Disneyland castle on. It is located in lower Bavaria close to the Austrian Alps, so only just over an hour drive from where are staying. I read that it is Germany's most visited attraction, and judging by the fact that we are entering low season and the place was positively crawling with people, I can well believe it. Craig wants one of those pen's recently placed on Facebook which has written on it "I hate f****n people". There really are some quite obnoxious people travelling out here.

    If we had lined up for tickets to do the 30 minute guided tour, the earliest we would have been able to do the tour was 3.00pm (and we were there at 10.15am) and tours were leaving every 5 minutes! So King Ludwig II might have been called Mad King Ludwig, but I suspect the tourism board is laughing all the way to the bank with this one.

    That said, it was rather a magical setting, and I suspect the external viewing of the castle was more of a spectacle than the inside, so we settled for that. This included a walk to a bridge over a gorge which looked back along the castle. Just nearby, and down the hill, was the castle where Ludwig lived as a child.

    We drove to another nearby village called Füssel which was crammed with typical Bavarian buildings, lots of cobbled pedestrian streets and with the river Lech running through it. Something we have noticed about all rivers in Germany and Austria - they are in a real hurry to go somewhere and could almost be described as swift water. They are also a lovely colour and crystal clear. There were also a larger number of people casually wearing traditional dress in the streets today – dirndls for the women and lederhosen and related paraphernalia for the men. When we were in Munich yesterday, we dropped into a very large retailer of traditional dress. Just the lederhosen shorts alone retailed for circa €200! A dirndl here was around €100 for a more basic version, but we were seeing them up to €600 in Austria for quite ornate versions.
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  • Day96

    German Alps (Tegelberg)

    September 30, 2016 in Germany

    We'd read about a fairytale castle nestled on the side of the German Alps and had set today aside to go and see it. We grew increasingly excited as the grey mass of the Alps loomed larger and higher on the horizon. Although the land on the approach was a little hilly, there was a very definite start to the Alpine band of mountains. We were glad our plans didn't include driving through them today.

    Seeing Schloss Neuschwanstein (the castle), we pulled up and took some photos but it was shaded so we weren't able to see it in its full glory. However, we'd spotted a cable car going into the mountains. We decided on the spur of the moment to take a trip on it and were so very glad we did!

    The car was enclosed with about 25 people squashed in but it was a reasonable price and sped up the mountain at ear popping speed. The green valley with its 2 lakes opened up underneath us as we passed by sheer cliff faces and over tall pines. When we reached the upper station we saw what a good day it was for it. The sky was a rich blue, as were Forggensee and Bannwaldsee lakes more than a thousand meters below us. The sun was warm but the air fresh with hardly a breeze. There were dozens of people hangliding from this point, leaping off the side of the cliff and hoping to catch a thermal.

    Our attention was soon drawn to some noisy raven-like birds that we identified as Alpine Coughs- we'd seen Coughs on the Welsh coast last year but this was our first sighting of this charismatic high-altitude bird.

    There was a worn scree stone path leading up to the summit of Tegelberg (marked by a huge metal crucifix) and so we set off along it. The views became unbelievably more stunning as we climbed; the imposing mountains spanning out behind us and to our right. The path began to change from walkable scree to solid rock and we came across our first metal cable pinned to the rock at points with solid metal rods. We carried on up the increasingly steep and precarious 'path' and eventually made it to the top, 1707m above sea level. The vertigo had kicked in for Will but Vicky was exhilarated! There was a panoramic view, made all the more spectacular by the rich colours and contrast brought out by the perfect weather!

    On the cable car journey back down we worked out we were just 2 miles from Austria. Upon reaching the base station we were welcomed off the mountain by the sound of cow bells ringing around the necks of a small heard of bullocks.

    We didn't stay here overnight but thought the experience deserved its own footprint as it will stay in our memories for a very long time.
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  • Day5

    Füssen

    April 3 in Germany

    Füssen is a German town near the border to Austria. The city centre is full of life and you can hang on trying "snowballs" - a cookie amalgama - or drinking a beer while you eat cheese soup or liver dumplings. But the Bavarian town is most known because of the castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau that lie southeast of the town. They were both the creation of a lunatic King Ludwig and Neuschwanstein was an inspiration to Disneyworld castle.Read more

  • Day3

    Neuschwanstein Castle

    July 19, 2017 in Germany

    On Wednesday, we got the chance to go and tour Neuschwanstein Castle. Neuschwanstein translates to New Swan Stone. It was believed that after death Kings returned as Swans. Neuschwanstein was one of three castles built by King Ludwig II, however it was not finished before his untimely death at the age of 40. It is said that Walt Disney modeled Cinderella's castle after Neuschwanstein.

  • Day93

    Neuschwanstein Castle

    August 7, 2017 in Germany

    It's no surprise at all why Walt Disney was inspired while visiting this Castle years ago. I've seen a lot of beautiful buildings on my travels but this one absolutely took my breath away! I joined a tour group for this adventure thinking it would be the easiest way to ensure I captured the full experience and what an adventure it was! The 2 hour train journey turned into a 5 hour journey after the train broke down and the connecting buses were running late. Luckily I made friends with two Aussie couples and killed the time chatting with them. We finally got to the castle, with five minutes to spare before our time slot to go inside, only to find the tour company had cancelled our reservation. I was so gutted because I really wanted to go inside knowing it'd probably be my only chance unless I bring my kids back one day but we made the most of our time here nonetheless. We were given 30 minutes to view the bridge which had a huge line but I took a gamble and clambered up this rockface to get the best view of the castle. Making sure I wasn't the one to hold up the bus, I ran down the hill all worried only to be the first one back all sweaty for nothing! Once we got back to Munich, I went to Augustiner Beer Garden, the largest Beer Garden in Europe, with the Aussie couples for dinner and beer of course! It wrapped up a fun day of adventure and it was nice to have some cool people to hang out with.Read more

  • Day48

    Casle on the hill

    October 14, 2017 in Germany

    Today we drove to the Castles that were built next to each other. One of the castles were the one that the Disney copied off. It was the real thing. The first castle was the one that King Ludwig || lived in with his parents when a child. Soon when he was older he made a new one for just himself to live in. This one was bigger that the old one. After we saw the castles we drove off to a new town. At this town we had lunch and walked around the huge shopping steet. Than we grove calmly home to our home.

    TᕼE Eᑎᗪ, ᖴOᖇ ᑎOᗯ
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  • Day346

    Pfadfinderzeltplatz Mangmühle

    May 16, 2017 in Germany

    Heute ging es 6 Uhr aus den Federn. Auf Grund unseres höchst brisanten Schlafplatzes wollten wir schnell wieder loskommen. Weiter die alte Eisenbahnstrecke Isny-Kempten entlang. Es lief wie von selbst. Frühstück in Kempten im Hofgarten in der Sonne. Dann eine weitere Bergetappe ins Ostalgäu hinein, die verschneiten Gipfen der Alpen stehts zu unserer Rechten. Ja, Bayern hat schon schöne Landschaften zu bieten. Nur fährt hier kaum einer mehr normal Rad. Die E-Bike-Quote lag bei gefühlten 80%! Auf unserem Zeltplatz sind wir heute die einzigen. Dort steht ein Haus des Pfadfindervereins. Die Türe ist offen, Strom zum laden der GPS-Batterien gibt es, sonst ist keiner da, nur ein Schild mit Benimmregeln. Wir benehmen uns. Das Wasser ist abgedreht, also kommt heute der Nachfolger der Tropical Shower aus Barcelona zum ersten Mal zum Einsatz. Wasser gibt es im angrenzenden Stausee ja genug - Eiskaltes, zu Sarahs Freude ;-) Und dann nackig auf der Wiese in der Abendsonne zum Trocknen herumspringen, herrlich, wie einst zu DDR-Zeiten im Kindergarten :-)

    Fotos kommen noch!
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  • Day2

    Katie sees snow for the first time! A stunning castle set in the most beautiful scenery. A fairytale forest with snow and purple spring wildflowers coming through. Snow covered mountains in the distance and the most amazing blue lakes at the bottom. Photos do not adequately capture the size of the castle. The scale of the mountains around it make it seem petit but up close you can appreciate the enormity and scale of the place. Cliffs and waterfalls go down one side and horse drawn carts take people to the castle at the top. The horses were magnificent creatures that we appreciates as we walked up the hill. We had cinnamon sugared 'snowballs' a type of doughnut ball/dumpling on the way downRead more

  • Day5

    Grüss Gott,
    ganz vergessen, was zu tippen gestern.
    Ich war am Eibsee, wunder wunder wunderschön.
    Bayerische Karibik sozusagen. Es gibt dort auch die relativ neue Zugspitzseilbahn. die Deutsche Version.
    leider hab ich viel zu viel Zeit am See und um den See verbracht, dass ich die letzte Bergfahrt verpasst habe. Aber war eh bewölkt.
    Auf dem Weg zurück habe ich mich spontan entschlossen, mein körper braucht noch einen Aufstieg und habe mich zum Sonnenuntergang auf den Weg Richtung Marienbrücke gemacht.
    Hat sich mega gelohnt, es war wirklich wie im Märchen.
    Der Abstieg im dunklen war auch super witzig, weil mir eine Gruppe junger Taiwaner anklebte, die den Rückweg nicht gefunden hatten. es ging immer nur ooohhh aaaahhh als ich ihnen schon mal etwas über Neuschwanstein und meine Wanderung am Vortag erzählte 😂
    Um halb 12 bin ich total kaputt aber super happy ins Bett gefallen!
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