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  • Day3

    Erholung

    August 2 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Heute ließen wir es mal ganz entspannt angehen. Ausschlafen, spätes Frühstück mit frischen Semmeln in der Sonne, Führungen durch den T@b (Michael hatte uns ja schon vorgewarnt dass wir die Attraktion Nr. 1 sein werden), SUPen, Baden Aufwärmen beim Kaffee nochmal SUPen und baden (diesmal umgekehrt).
    Unsere kleinen Vorräte waren nun endgültig aufgebracht, also brachen wir zum Einkaufen auf. Eigentlich mit einem Zwischenstop bei Neuschwanstein, jedoch waren die Parkplätze so teuer, dass wir entschieden es morgen zu Fuß nochmal zu versuchen. Das Einkaufen dauerte ohnehin länger, dass wir völlig ausgehungert gleich zum Essen zu Schiffwirtschaft gingen. Es begann gut mit einem Traumtisch in der Abendsonne. Als diese jedoch verschwunden war, wurde es schnell sehr kühl und das Essen ließ eine geschlagene Stunde auf sich warten. Das Warten rentierte sich jedoch: Caprese Salat, Rucola Pizza und Mojito waren allesamt sehr delikat 😁
    PS: heute hatten wir insgesamt drei T@b-Besichtigungen und einige nette kurze Gespräche mit Passanten
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  • Day9

    Schloss Hohenschwangau

    December 16, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 36 °F

    First stop on the castle tour today.
    Ludwig’s II childhood home. His father became king at 3 when his father (Ludwig’s grandfather) Maximilian hooked up with a women named Lola. After giving Lola way to many baubles, jewels and things, He made famous the term “whatever Lola wants, Lola gets”. And thus his subjects forced him to give up the throne to his son Maximilian.Read more

  • Day23

    Baviere

    August 11, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Magnifique Bavière. Où que l on pose les yeux c est sublime.
    Point noir : c est hyper touristique alors nous subissons les embouteillages même sur les petites routes et les sites sont difficiles d accès.
    Ajouté à cela, les prix sont exorbitants. On le savait mais là, en plus, c est un week-end.
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    Magnifique ! Pat

    8/12/19Reply
     
  • Day23

    Bavière 2

    August 11, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    La montagne, le tremplin des jeux. Olympiques de 1936 et le château de Neuschwanstein sorti de l imagination lyrique du roi Louis II qui le dessina lui même aidée d un décorateur de théâtre.
    Débutés en 1869 les travaux n'ont jamais été achevés.
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  • Day5

    Abend am Forggensee

    September 14, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Surfen war klasse... WINDsurfen!!! Schade, dass ich nur einen Tag dabei sein konnte und so den VDWS Schein nicht machen kann. Aber vllt kann ich das ein anderes Mal machen.
    Jetzt sitz ich am Forggensee am Festpielhaus mit schönen Blick auf Schloss Neuschwanstein.
    Mal schauen ob ich ein schönes Fleckchen zum übernachten finde.
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  • Day55

    Germany day 4/5

    April 27, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ❄️ 0 °C

    Today I saw the Neuschwanstein castle and there was swans on allmost everything. On the way I made about 5 snowballs and on the way down I made 3 snowballs. That was about all I did, but the next day was more exiting.

    Today I drove through the Alpine region and all the way to Innsbroke, where a Winter Olympic Games was held, and I had a chocolate crossaunt and a donut for lunch. The tallest mountain gets up to 3000 and somthing metres tall😰😱🌄🗻😮 The tallest one I saw was about 2435 metres tall.😲

    That is just about it for this blog, so goodbye!!😀😺😺😺😺🙀✌
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    Fred Onnen

    Looks like your wishes came true and you got some snow! Loved the snowman you built but he didn't have any eyes?.. Hope you are managing to stay warm as it looks really cold. Enjoy your last few days in Germany xxxxx

    4/26/16Reply

    It sounds like you are having a great time Campbell. You are travelling through a very beautiful part of the world! Take Care, Mr Sargeant and 6S

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  • Day7

    Auf geht's in den Kampf

    October 9, 2020 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

    Wibke Müller

    🤣Ihr schafft das und los geht es....😘

    10/9/20Reply
    Wolfgang Battefeld

    na dann viel Spass

    10/9/20Reply
     
  • Day39

    Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany pt II

    June 10, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Day 38:

    Today we saw castles. If you want the summary, that's it. But it was a full day for us!

    We were proud of ourselves for waking up super early (before 9) to head up to the castles (have breakfast). Apparently it wasn't quite early enough... the line was out the door to get tickets for a specific time slot for each castle, because nobody is allowed in on an unguided tour. They were definitely pumping people through. We snagged up our time slots with time to walk to and between each castle. After breakfast, of course.

    On the way to the first castle, we walked along Alpsee. We're sure everyone can figure out that it is an alpine lake, but it is crystal clear and the mountains all around really make it a destination all its own. But now to the castle. The first was Schloß Hohenschwangau, which is more fun to write because of the "ß". It was first mentioned under its original name, Schloß Schwanstein, in 1397 when it was owned by the Knights of Schwangau (swan district, real tough). The knights were forced to sell the castle to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria, but lived there during the some 80 year duration. About 15 years after becoming owners again, they had to sell the land, and the castle went to a rich guy. The rich guy had an Italian architect work on the castle for the last 15 or so of his life. When he died, his kids sold it back to the Wittelbachs. Then the Austrians plundered it; then Germany basically took it and said the King of Bavaria, Maximilian I owned it. But then he sold it. Years later, his grandson was taking a walk and fell in love with the castle ruins and the surrounding area, so bought it. He had the place fixed up, had murals of the history of Schwangau, and medieval love stories painted in every room, and brought it to its current state in 1837. Under Maximilian II's ownership, the name of the castle had been changed to Hohenschwangau. "High Swan district", because of its placement atop a mountain in the region. Composer Richard Wagner would frequent the castle and even wrote operas based on paintings in the castle.

    Maximilian II, now king, had 2 sons, Otto (who doesn't matter for this story, sorry bro) and Ludwig. For some reason, Danielle had an intense interest in Ludwig from first hearing about him. But that works, because he's a main character in this story too. Long after the medieval times had passed, he and his brother grew up in a medieval castle with fantasy paintings on the walls, and even their uncle had a castle rebuilt to its original gothic styling. His whole life became a fantasy about the middle ages, which leads us to the second, more famous castle.

    On a mountain above Hohenschwangau was a 12th century fortress, originally named Schwangau. It went through the same changing of hands as the castle, but it fell into disrepair earlier, and was never fixed. Until crown prince Ludwig II wanted his own castle. He was obsessed with the middle ages and wanted to live like royalty of the time. When he was reaching adulthood, royalty had become very modern, with paperwork and limited power. So he took the original name of his father's castle, Schwanstein, to make his Neuschwanstein.

    It is a ridiculous castle, in more ways that one. First, it was built in a Romanesque style in the mid to late 1800s, when there was no real purpose for a castle. Also, it is the most iconic castle, probably in the world. When a boy is raised on fantasy and has an endless supply of money, it gets ridiculous. Walt Disney even based his Sleeping Beauty Castle on Neuschwanstein. It is really beyond words when you walk up to it, but when you get into it, it is sort of a sad place. Despite the outside looking as magical as it does, it is still missing elements in the original plan, marked by paving stones. Only a small portion of the inside was completed, but those few sections are fantastic. Paying homage to the Swans the area is named after, to Wagner, to the Knights of Schwangau, and to mythology and legends... He would visit castles all over the country to get ideas, then make them larger and more grand than the original.

    Unfortunately, Ludwig's story is a sad one. Shortly after becoming king, he was declared insane, arrested, and was murdered a few days later. His fantasy project was never to be completed.

    After being put in a state of awe, and also a subtle sadness, we walked to the second lake in the region, Schwansee. There was a grassy area where locals were laying out and playing lawn games. We layed out for a little bit, but biting flies have an affinity for Danielle, so we had to move on without taking the dip we planned on. From there it was a very long, very steep, very much hiking through the forest walk to the nearby Füssen to get food. We made it back, had dinner, and will fall asleep exhausted.

    Castles.
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    M O

    What great adventures you are having!

    6/13/16Reply
     
  • Day6

    SAC Event

    October 8, 2020 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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    Wibke Müller

    😍Der schöne Abend sei euch gegönnt.👍🏻

    10/8/20Reply
    Cornelia Zeißig

    Ich hoffe die Party war gestern super. zwischendurch mal runterscha👍lten

    10/9/20Reply
     
  • Day38

    Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany

    June 9, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Day 37:

    The rain from last night definitely carried over to the morning... It took a bit of effort to get ourselves to the train station, but after a few apricot filled donuts and coffee, everything was looking good. Our first train took us to Munich, on which we had a long conversation with a nice Indian man and got some great ideas for our next trip to Austria.

    The Munich train station was weird... there were more food places than we've seen at any others, but the only seating was at the individual tracks. Of course we had pretzels and waited for our regional train (yes, we were nervous to board another German regional train). After a flashback moment of doubt, it actually got us to our destination, only about half an hour late.

    We should have noticed what we were getting ourselves into when there were only 2 tracks at the station, but it took us walking around the corner and seeing mountains and a 2 lane road. This place is tiny. Jason turned to Danielle and said, "Uh oh, where did you bring us?" Now we have nothing against the countryside, actually prefer it, but the rain made it seem quite intimidating.

    It was only a half hour walk, along which we walked across the Lech river. Tanget coming here: we had some completely unfounded idea that the rivers we were to come across in our travels would be clear, potable, and photogenic... not so. Most of the rivers we have seen are about as opaque as milk. Lightly chocolated milk with tree branches floating in them. Interesting. Anyway, after that we walked along a field with cows in it. This seems like a boring detail, but we found their cowbells so entertaining. We can't recall ever seeing a cowbell ever really attached to a cow... but it makes so much sense. They're always grazing so the bell is going the whole time. We thought it was hilarious for some reason.

    We got to our hotel. Yes, second hotel. Which is an old house converted into a hotel in a very bed 'n breakfast way, sans breakfast. Upon grabbing our keys and finding our room, we discovered that we had apparently booked a sizeable apartment. A full kitchen, 2 bathrooms, living room, and a bedroom. Awesome. Feeling fancy, but realizing a kitchen with no food is pretty useless, we went next door to the hotel and restaurant (another converted old house). We arrived just as they were opening and as they sat us, we realized just how much of a family business this was. The family was having dinner at the first table as we were ushered into the dining area. But they always say the only way to get an authentic meal is to have it homemade, so we went for it. White asparagus, boiled potatoes, homemade spätzle, south tyrolean ham, local mushrooms, pork loins, gravy.... incredible. Also, this may come as a shock to many people, but Tyrolean speck is better than prosciutto. We genuinely didn't think that was possible, but wow.

    So about halfway through the meal, as the rainclouds started receding up the mountains,we look to the east and are awestruck. On the mountainside, in clear sight from our restaurant seats, is the Neuschwanstein Castle. We can save you the trouble of looking it up, its the "Fairytale King's" castle. The one Walt Disney based the Sleeping Beauty Castle on, so it is obviously ridiculous. After our meal, we wanted to take a walk, hoping to settle all the food. We were taken directly into the deep forest on one trail to get a better view of the castle. Then heading another way, there were beautiful grassy fields with all sorts of wild flowers. If that wasn't enough, while wandering paths around the fields, we look up to see the Hohenschwangau Castle.

    Clearly, we are so excited to see the castles tomorrow.
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