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Schwangau

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  • Day96

    German Alps (Tegelberg)

    September 30, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    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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  • Day19

    Neuschwanstein Castle

    September 21, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 52 °F

    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

  • Day5

    Subiendo al castillo de Neuschwanstein

    February 12 in Germany ⋅ ❄️ 0 °C

    Las vistas del castillo era hermosas, y nos hizo acordar a los castillos de Disney. Despues averiguamos que Walt Disney se inspiro en este castillo para su modelo en Disneyland.

    Estaba bien alto en un risco, y el par de kilometros de caminata en subida y nevando nos hizo elegir unos carros tirados por caballos.

    El castillo era enorme, y por dentro la decoracion que eligio el rey Ludwig II estaba buenisima, aunque demasiado lujo y medio excentrico todo. Por algo le decian el Rey loco.
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  • Day7

    Like in a walt disney movie

    December 30, 2018 in Germany ⋅ ❄️ 0 °C

    Visiting Neuschwanstein castle. We where lucky to arrive before the crowd and be able to have it “almost” for ourselves
    This place is a jewel but no pictures are allowed inside ...

  • Day49

    Schloss Neuschwanstein

    October 14, 2017 in Germany ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    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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  • Day1

    Wieder zurück

    May 30 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Wir waren auf dem Tegelberg. Sind mit der Seilbahn hochgefahren und wieder runter gelaufen.
    Oben auf dem Berg konnten wir die Paraglider und Fallschirmspringer beobachten, wie sie waghalsig vom Berg sprangen und wieder ins Tal glitten.
    Der Weg zur Rohrkopfhütte, über den Schutzengelweg, war sehr herausfordernd. Es lag sogar überall noch Schnee. Susi und ich hatten natürlich auch die perfekten Nike-Treter für solch einen Abstieg an. 😂
    Auf der Rohrkopfhütte gönnten wir uns einen eisgekühlten Russ, denn warmes Essen gab es leider keines mehr 😩

    Wir sind jetzt gerade auf dem Bett und gehen gleich runter zum HAXN Essen, wir verhungern nämlich gleich.
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  • Day3

    Neuschwanstein Castle

    July 19, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    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.Read more

  • Day93

    Neuschwanstein Castle

    August 7, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    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 ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    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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  • Day5

    Camino a los Alpes

    February 12 in Germany ⋅ ❄️ -1 °C

    Nos toco otro dia de mucha nevada pero igual salimos para los Alpes. Fuimos con planes de visitar unos castillos que quedan casi en la frontera, y nos costo llegar por la cantidad de nieve en la ruta.

    Cuando llegamos al pueblo de Hohenschwangau estabamos justo debajo de los dos castillos. El pueblo es chiquito pero aun asi tiene un museo super interesante.

    Despues nos quedaba la subida al castillo...
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Schwangau, Շվանգաու, シュヴァンガウ, Швангау, شوانگاؤ, 施万高

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