Thursday, October 10, 2013

Neuschwanstein Castle Bavaria

We went to Neuschwanstein Castle on our way home from Munich.

It is a 19th century Romanesque Revival palace on a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in southwest Bavaria and was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. It’s history is marginally fascinating to me so I’m not going to involve any more specifics than I already have, but if it interests you to learn more, you can on this handy tool called The Internet.

While it wasn’t raining it was foggy all day. For some reason this didn’t present any concern in my mind. From the parking lot, it’s a 40-minute walk to the castle. We strolled up there and took some snapshots in front of the castle.

The walk up.
Front of castle and fog 
From there, we walked 15 minutes to Marienbrücke (Mary’s Bridge), which provides the postcard views of Neuschwanstein. (And provided the postcard photographer the view you see at the top of this post). That’s when I realized how much the fog was about to ruin my day view.

This is what we captured on Mary’s Bridge:

We laughed it off and promised to come back in the winter after thoroughly checking the weather. From there we made a pit stop at the random gifty shop for snacks and Glühwein (basically spiced hot wine).

We ended the day in Fussel, a town near the castle for adorable German town wandering and lunch.  

I found a stockade and obviously coerced Dan to put his head it in...

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