Travel in Germany: Neuschwanstein Castle

After waking up with an Oktoberfest-sized hangover, somehow by the grace of God, we managed to rally and make a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle. 😀14567482_10105780694334097_3252006961304499872_oThis 19th century castle was the vision of King Ludwig II, known as the fairy tale king. He was responsible for the construction of numerous castles around Bavaria, all of which could conjure up visions of a fairy tale romance. In fact, this castle in particular was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.
waltdisney_24To get to the castle, we took a U-Bahn train courtesy of Deutsche Bahn, which took us from Munich to the town of Füssen, where we then we rode a bus to the town of Hohenschwangau. Total travel time- 2.5 hours. DSC_4225Budgeting tip: Purchase a Bayern-Ticket, which costs 28 Euro for two people, and covers all train rides and bus trips in Bavaria for a full day.DSC_4224From the town of Hohenschwangau, we walked 40 minutes up hill to the castle. The paths were well-maintained and all the attractions were clearly labeled. DSC_4256DSC_4288If you don’t feel like walking, you could also pay to take a horse and carriage. DSC_4252We were enjoying the crisp autumn air, so we really didn’t mind the scenic walk uphill. 🙂DSC_4254Our first stop was to Marienbrücke, a narrow bridge overlooking the castle.
DSC_4260The bridge is set between two rock faces and overlooks the stunning Pollät gorge.DSC_4305DSC_4262As I stepped across the bridge, I was truly in shock and awe of how absolutely picturesque this castle is. Wow! 😍DSC_4273IMG_0248From the bridge, we walked downhill to the castle entrance, where we were still in disbelief of this architectural beauty. DSC_4287The design is Romanesque Gothic, with slim towers and delicate embellishments.DSC_4301The exterior is covered in a combination of white limestone and red brick, all with a regal Bavarian coat of arms painted across the Gatehouse passage.DSC_4302Although this opulent palace begin its construction in the early 19th century, it ceased to be completed, due to the death of famed King Ludwig II. For this reason, much of the interior is barren, and we opted not to take a tour of the inside.DSC_4303Tour tip: If you do wish to tour the castle, reservations are recommended up to two days in advance, easily booked on their website.DSC_4314We were more than content with simply viewing the castle exterior, and taking in the surrounding beauty of the breathtaking Bavarian alps.DSC_4297The village sits alongside a gorgeous lake, and is surrounded by dense green forest. When we were there, we even saw a few paragliders taking in the view from above. 🙂DSC_4295Additionally, the village is also home to Hohenschwangau Castle, the childhood summer residence of King Ludwig II.DSC_4232We were able to mosey around the exterior of this castle as well, which was covered in gorgeous mustard yellow facade.DSC_4251DSC_4241DSC_4242DSC_4240DSC_4237DSC_4236DSC_4239IMG-20161003-WA0042IMG-20161003-WA0043After 3 hours of walking, and a brief stint at the souvenir shop, we made our way back to Füssen.DSC_4322It’s worth noting that there are many lovely shops, hotels, and restaurants in both villages, and if one can afford it, it would be a breathtaking place to spend the weekend. 🙂DSC_4318When we arrived back in Füssen, we had about 30 minutes to kill before our train arrived, so we took a stroll around the village. As a traditional Bavarian town, I found it to be absolutely darling, with pastel colored buildings dotted along cobblestone walkways, and quaint cafes spilling into the streets.DSC_4334DSC_4332When we arrived back in Munich, it was around 8 PM and we indulged in a Brotzeit, a German mealtime word I have learned since coming here. Essentially, we set out platters of cold cuts, soft cheeses, and whole grains on the table, and everyone nibbled away as they pleased. Any easy way to enjoy mealtime with zero prep and 100% satisfaction. 😉DSC_4207Anyway, that completes day two in Munich, and there’s still plenty to see. Stay tuned for more sightseeing highlights in Munich. Until then. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Travel in Germany: Neuschwanstein Castle

  1. I was so surprised how beautiful this castle actually was. Living in the area I always thought of it as “boring touristy stuff”. But in real life it made me speechless. Would not have gone there if it wasn’t for you – so thank you!
    x, Teresa

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