Sunday, December 1, 2013

Europe Trip Recap: Neuschwanstein Castle

Thursday, May 23, 2013: Munich to Füssen/Neuschwanstein

Mom and I walked to the nearest grocery store to pick up some items for breakfast.

We started our day with a coffee and our breakfast at the Munich train station. I had a chocolate croissant and one of the best flavors of yogurt I have ever had in my life: Mohn Marzipan (poppyseed Marzipan)! I wish someone would make that flavor available in the US.

We boarded our train to Füssen, which was jam packed, so we didn't get the best seats. I recommend getting to the train early to get a good seat.

In my journal, I noted that we enjoyed the views from the train, including farms, cows, black cats, hawks, sheep and the gorgeous views of the Alps.

I had been to Neuschwanstein before with Craig, but was happy to visit it again and show my mom the magical castle and the gorgeous views of the alps.

We purchased our tickets and had some time until our tour started, so we walked around the exterior of Hohenschwangau, King Ludwig's boyhood home just down the hill from Neuschwanstein. You have to pay extra to tour the interior of Hohenschwangau.

The kitchen at Hohenschwangau.

We took a hiking path down the hill and discovered this gorgeous lake!

Mom and I ventured back to the ticket booth area to eat our lunch. I wanted to get some gluhwein to drink with the salami sandwich I purchased at the Munich train station.

Dessert was this Black Forest Cake milka bar. Yum!

We walked around town a little more and then boarded the bus up the hill for the castle.

At last, the castle! 

I always hate asking strangers to take a picture, but I finally worked up the courage and got one of mom and I together, which I am grateful for.

Our tour didn't start until 3:10, so we had a bit of a wait and just people watched, which is always entertaining.

No photos are allowed of the interior, but it's beautiful and mom seemed impressed by what she saw. 

The views from the trails surrounding the castle are breathtaking!

The last thing we did was walk to the Marienbruecke, which is always a scary, narrow bridge to stand on, but offers amazing views of the castle. When Craig and I visited in 2009, the castle was covered in scaffolding and construction was being done to reinforce it's structure. Thankfully, that wasn't the case this time.

Here's a view of the bridge from the castle. Doesn't it look freaky? Try being on it with a bunch of tourists who are trying to take pictures!

I'm glad I got to visit Neuschwanstein for a second time, as I am not sure I will ever be back there again in my lifetime!

Miles walked this day: 9.26

1 comment:

  1. These posts are so beautiful. Can't wait until the kids are out of school!