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    • Day 14

      Cows and Swans and a Cat

      May 29 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 61 °F

      Departed Garching this morning (no sleeping in) after meeting Scott at the Garching Bahnhof. Made our way to Munich Hbf then jumped a regional train and then a bus to eventually arrive on the northern foothills of the Alps in Füssen. Enjoyed seeing the pastoral scenery and many healthy looking dairy cows along the way, not to mention other livestock and a couple free-range swans visible out the train window (they were huge!).

      Dumped bags at the hotel, I did some work and Scott explored, then we headed to Schloss Neuschwanstein via more buses. Did our tour then walked back down from the schloss in the rain to await our final bus of the day back to town. Four separate trains and four (six for me) buses today.

      The castle tour was interesting and though not the very aged medieval type of castle that Scott and I prefer, it was still interesting to see first hand and the surrounding landscape was stunning despite the cloudy and rainy weather. Apparently King Ludwig II had a thing for swans (and knights in search of the holy grail among other things…), so we saw them in the artwork everywhere inside the schloss and in many locations around town.

      Got back to our hotel and swapped out wet socks and shoes for slippers (Scott anyway) and roamed about the town for a place for dinner. Ended up at this medieval-themed restaurant serving up tourist fair, but we got the Bavarian food we wanted. Not much was open at 8:30p on a Wednesday. Scott had this amazing encounter with the restaurant house cat that came over to him for licks and scritches. After a few minutes of that it curled up on a seat pillow and fell asleep next to Scott.

      Just about pau for the night. Grabbing a drink at a hopping place next to our hotel and then on to bed. It’s still game day tomorrow as far as we know though the weather is looking very dodgy still.
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    • Day 15

      A Rain-out to Remember

      May 30 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

      Well, not unexpected, but planned games today were cut short by thunderstorms. We made it as far as the bottom of the 4th inning in the 1st game - just enough to make it an official game with the Atomics losing 4-2. Unfortunate, as Atomics had a real chance to win that game despite the score at the time. And the day started out so nice!

      The second game, which would have been the one that Scott would have pitched in, will apparently be re-scheduled and played at another time. Scott did go 1-3 hitting in the first game and scored the Atomics first run after hitting a 2-out single, then advancing to 2B where he spent a bit of time dancing around and drawing pick-off throws and (I think) getting their pitcher a little rattled, and eventually being plated by a double from the Atomics big hitter.

      I had an enjoyable and relatively brief trudge in the rain back to my hotel where I could start my shoes and clothes to drying and get a hot shower and a nap. Scott rode back to Garching with Stefan.

      Grabbing some dinner as I write this at an Italian place, La Perla, near the hotel; dining al fresco, and by “fresco” I mean chilly. Only outside tables were available as I didn’t have a reservation for an inside table. The restaurant I chose is in appreciation and honor of the Royal Bavarian’s baseball team, as it is a major sponsor of their club as you may notice if you look closely at their uniforms.

      Pix from the field today are attached.

      Tomorrow I make my way to Zurich, my last stop and point of departure back to Honolulu in a couple days.

      And the hard rain has decided to come down again. Brrrrr….
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    • Day 3

      It's a long drive to get there ay it?

      June 15 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

      Hi there muckers, Bertie here to tek you through their latest trip, and a whopper it is as well. Lots of miles to stretch me rubbers and wim off to the tunnel as usual. Wow, we bombed down the motorway, got there 2 hours before time, and got put on the earlier train, so them pleased. Exit to France and did a couple of hours stopping at an oss farm for the night in Belgium . Great pitch in a quiet village. Next day onward, using free motorways, topping up with cheap diesel in Luxembourg and into Germany where, again, a peaceful night on a wine farm but a bit of a rainy night. So, five countries so far, potentially another five to go. On we go again to reach the start really of our tour at Fussen and the start of the German Alpine route, we hope to drive to Salzburg in Austria.
      Stopping at a stelplatz in Fussen town (bit of a car park really but handy for a visit tomorrow). Got free bus passes at the park, so he is well happy and cor wait for tomorrow. Two fairy tale castles and a lake here, so lots to see. But rainy, so they am reviewing the route for the next few days.
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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 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 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 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 3

      Schloss Neuschwanstein

      March 30 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

      Am heutigen Tag steht ein ausgedehnter Spatziergang auf dem Programm. Wir machen uns auf den Weg und gehen einen Schleichweg zu einem geheimen Plätzchen hoch, mit optimaler Sicht auf die Schlösser Neuschwanstein und Hohenschwangau. Weiter unter uns ist der Alpsee zu sehen, den umrunden wir zu Fuss. 

      Zum Znacht belohnen wir uns mit einem Besuch im Restaurant Bären. Das coolste an der Location ist der angrenzende Kräutergärtle, aus dem zahlreiche Zutaten für die Gerichte verwendet werden. Das kredenzte Essen ist von höchster Qualität und das Ambiente im gemütlichen Gastraum aus alten Zeiten passt hervorragend. Glücklich und satt fallen wir an diesem Abend ins Bett.
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    • Day 8

      Munich to Lucerne

      October 12, 2023 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

      Departed Munich in th early morning and drove a few hours before stopping at Neuschwanstein. I took the shuttle bus up to the first scenic viewpoint then had a wonderful walk back down to the tiny village below.

      Our bus made a quick stop in Lichtenstein, which has the same population as the number of students at Penn State...crazy!

      We arrived in Lucerne later that night for a quick dinner and shopping. My friends and I opted for grocery store dinners that we ate as a picnic at our hotel is very expensive here. We arrived in the quaint village of Engelburg where we enjoyed our picnic. The hotel reminds us of The Shining and the Stanley Hotel in Colorado...for sure haunted!

      We went out dancing after dinner. The village only has one bar that opened specifically for us. A few locals joined us for drinks and dancing.
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    • 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

    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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