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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Neuschwanstein June 22nd 2015

Monday 22 June 2015 Ever had one of those days when given half a chance you would have done things differently. Today was one of those days. The really good thing about today was the sun was shining and it was feeling reasonably warm. So far the weather has been quite unseasonal and even the locals haven't got their summer clothes out yet. It is a bit like Dunedin, NZ. Just wear layers, one of four seasons could be an hour away. We headed off in the direction of Fussen, a town near the well known tourist attraction of Neuschwanstein Castle. Walt Disney was so taken with this castle that he used it to design his Disneyland castle. The weather was perfect with just a gentle breeze. We were guided into a carpark and paid the ... read more
Schloss  Hohenschwangen

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Neuschwanstein March 2nd 2015

for Saturday, Febr. 28 Petra, Anja, Lisa and Cary--we all go to see the famous castles: Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein. the stories behind them are very interesting. A very nice trip. Thanks so much to Petra for a long day driving!... read more
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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Neuschwanstein November 27th 2014

Diese Woche habe ich 4 Urlaubstage und neben World of Warcraft und Champions League habe ich den heutigen Tag dazu genutzt Schloß Neuschwanstein zu besuchen. Das ist wirklich eine absolute Attraktion. Ich bin nach etwa 2 Stunden mit dem Auto am Parkplatz in Schwangau angekommen. Dann habe ich ein Ticket für die nächste Führung nach weiteren 1,5h gekauft und bin - an dem anderen Schloß Hohenschwangau vorbei - mit dem Bus auf den Berg gefahren. Zuerst habe ich von der Marienbrücke den fantastischen Blick auf das Schloß genossen und dann habe ich im Schloßhof auf meine Führung gewartet. Das Publikum hatte einen hohen asiatischen Anteil (natürlich nicht in meiner deutschsprachigen Führung) aber es war jetzt nicht der totale Andrang. Ich habe den Besuch auch absichtlich am heutigen Donnerstag und nicht am Wochenende durchgeführt. Wettermäßig gab es ... read more
Schloß Hohenschwangau im gleichen Ort.
Das Eingangsportal.
Im Innenhof.

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Neuschwanstein July 7th 2014

So I woke up early today to get to the train station nice and early for my day trip to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Little did I know, the people, Max and Michelle, that I met yesterday at Dachau were on the same train as me but got kicekd at the next stop since their tickets didn*t start working until 9. Turns out though after grabbing breackfast and getting on a bus they hop on as well and we ended up traveling together for the day. The scenes were simply amazing and part heart attack giving since it was a 40 minute steep climb up the mountain. The bridge overlooking the castel Marienbrücke was cool, narrow and crowded which made it partially terrifying as well, the boards actually bounced up and down as you walked over and ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Neuschwanstein July 23rd 2013

A magical day! After a typical German breakfast we engaged our new GPS, named him Guido, and headed for mad King Ludwig's Bavarian castles. It was a beautiful picturesque drive, every little village could grace a postcard. Arrived at the castles, paid to pee (50c each!) and then headed up to the ticket office. Joined a long line and then spoke to an information lady who said that the next available tour was at 5pm (5 hours away), so we took her advice and just caught the bus up to Neuschwanstein and then walked to Mary's bridge where there were spectacular views to be had from a very old bridge. This is the castle that Walt Disney based Cinderella's castle on. We then walked down to the castle with some spectacular views of Schloss Hohen-Schwanghu (the ... read more
Mary's bridge
Schloss Hohen-Schwanghu
Raechel, Emily, Jemima and Erin on the horse carriage down form the castle

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Neuschwanstein May 26th 2012

Ever onwards we travelled through Germany from Rothenburg towards Neuschwanstein where we planned to visit Mad King Ludvig and his fairy tale castle. Neuschwanstein castle is a 19th century Romanesque Revival palace built on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau which is near to Fussen in the south west of Bavaria. It was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavavia as a personal retreat and as homage to Richard Wagner. The roads were busy compared to yesterday and there were lines and lines of lorries like plagues of locusts making their way across Germany. What a difference a day makes. How I wish all lorries were banned from using the roads at weekends at home – what a difference that would make to travelling in our small country. The weather had improved slightly although it ... read more
On the way through the mountains
Neuschwanstein village

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Neuschwanstein October 3rd 2011

We woke up bright and early to begin our castle tours, starting with Hohenschwangau which was where King Ludwig II grew up and watched the construction of his new home, Neuschwanstein. Hohenschwangau was really neat, lots of great murals/paintings. Next was Neuschwanstein, which is the castle that Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s castle is modeled after. King Ludwig II unfortunately only lived in the castle for 172 days. He was arrested in the castle, and declared “unfit to rule” (insane) and 1 day later was found dead next to a lake outside of Munich. To this day the circumstances of his death remain a mystery. The interior was only 30% completed, and construction stopped immediately upon his death. Within 6 weeks, people were already paying to tour it. Our Rick Steve’s book made this tour seem lackluster in ... read more
Yep I finished!
Panzer speed limit?  I thought zee war was over

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Neuschwanstein July 18th 2011

So this is a bit of a dis-jointed blog. We departed the Hague on what could best be described as tropical storm weather; damaging winds and light rain. Needless to say thru some connections here and there, I made it to the station and made it on the overnight train to Munich. Got on the train aroun 9pm, got off around 7am. Munich is beautiful... sadly my camera was dead the first day, so I will have to go back and put that blog in later once i get the pic's from my picture cohort Ryan. Therefore, this blog will mainly focus on Neuschwanstein Castle (apparently it inspired sleeping beauty's castle)... That being said, it was a 2 hour train ride out to Neuschwanstein, but boy was it worth it. We went thru lower Bavaria and ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Neuschwanstein July 3rd 2011

Here are the pictures from the road trip through Germany, to Austria, to Lichtenstein, to Switzerland. The participants were me, John, Matt (he will be a 3L in night school, he was also one of the program directors), and Tillman (a native German, he knows Matt from the time he spent in Pittsburgh. Tillman lived in Pgh for 13 years). Someone remind me to send these pictures to Matt.... read more
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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Neuschwanstein November 6th 2010

Neuschwanstein Take a trip to the fairy tale castle known as Neuschwanstein. Neuschwanstein (New Swan Rock) was opened up to the public 7 weeks after King Ludwig II passed away in 1886. Over 1.3 million people visit the castle every year. Take a bus ride or hike up to see this beautiful castle. I recommend the hike however if you are willing to take a bit of time (say 30-40 minutes) out of your day to see the beautiful scenery and enjoy the weather. Tourist Information* •Tickets to the castle can only be bought at Ticketcenter Hohenschwangau. This is before you arrive at the castle) •If you are traveling with somebody disabled every Wednesday there is a special guided tour for people in wheelchairs or who use walkers. •No smoking, photographing or filming is allowed inside ... read more
Neuschwanstein Castle
Overlooking the area of Neuschwanstein
Beautiful Bavaria

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