Blogs from Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany, Europe


Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Schwangau October 4th 2018

Vandaag was het tijd voor sprookjeskastelen en gekke koningen! We rijden richting Neuschwanstein en dat was te merken. File bijna vanaf dat we de camping afreden. Dat was te denken natuurlijk. Het was enorm mooi weer en ja, het is en blijft natuurlijk toeristisch (dagelijks 9.000 bezoekers kregen we ter plekke te horen). Als bij wonder vonden we nog wel een parkeerplek op een -uiteraard- betaalparking. Het was er wel even zoeken naar de plek waar ze tickets verkopen met al die toeristen. We vonden ze en er was een ellenlange rij en de borden gaven aan dat er tickets verkocht werden voor de tour van 16u. Het was nu 11u30 … Doemscenario’s vlogen over onze lippen: “In het slechtste geval doen we het morgen en slaan we het zwarte woud over.” Of: “misschien moeten we ... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Schwangau June 22nd 2017

Today we’ve been to Germany 3 times and Austria 3 times too. Poor Kisbee was quite confused as we kept popping over country borders and being given new instructions about speed limits ! We were heading for Schloss Neuschwanstein at Schwangau which is Germany. We set off from the campsite quite early as we had prebooked our visit and if you’re late you miss it. The drive down from the campsite to the first time we crossed the German border was pure magic. Wild flower filled meadows down to the road from the mountains on either side and there were cows. Lots of them. Roaming freely on the grass but more often on the roadside or in the middle of it. Most entertaining. I greeted a few with a “Grosse Gott” but they ignored my pleasantry ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Schwangau June 29th 2013

We did not post last night because we were exhausted after climbing thousands of steps and hiking from castle to castle. The wait for the busses was too long so we hiked to the top! The weather was a bit cloudy and rainy at times today but it did not stop us from seeing these romantic fairly tale homes of kings and queens. We spent our day visiting the Hohenschwangau Castle and the Neuschwantein Castle. The first stop was Hohenschwangau (yellow), originally built in the 12th century, it was rebuilt by King Maximilian in 1830. This was used as a summer home and hunting lodge by the Royal family until 1912. It is still owned by Wittelsbach family today. The entire interior of the castle is filled with original wall paintings in every room, priceless antiques ... read more
Mary's Bridge

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Schwangau May 31st 2013

Inside the Castle photos are forbidden. Neuschwanstein Castle(German: Schloss Neuschwanstein) is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, not with Bavarian public funds. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle and later, similar structures.... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Schwangau June 10th 2011

Stayed at a hotele near Fussen and visited mad King Ludwig's castles at Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwanstein. Crazy places... read more

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Schwangau September 26th 2010

Sunday 19th September 2010 Do you remember the castle that featured in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ? It’s the one uncle Walt got his inspiration for the Disney castle from - Schloss Neuschwanstein built by ( not literally of course ) mad King Ludwig II in 1869. We walked the mile up to the top of the hill and checked out Mary’s bridge over a deep ravine and the best place to get a picture of the castle and its setting - spectacular ! We then took the conducted tour - Ludwig had the castle dedicated to Wagner and even had a grotto built in one room with stalactites ( ceiling )and stalagmites ( ground ) - geography lesson over. Monday 20th September 2010 After morning lessons we set off to ascend Tegelberg at Schwangau. Jack ... read more
Mary's Bridge
On the Bridge
Cable Car Ride - Tegelberg

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Schwangau September 20th 2010

On Monday morning we started out for Innsbruck, our next destination. We planned our route to take us to the town of Schwangau in the Bavarian Alps. With Marilyn doing the driving, about 1/2 hour after leaving Munich, Jan brought up something about our passports. At that moment, Marilyn realized she may not have taken everything out of the safe at our hotel. She checked and she did have their passports and her international driving permit with her, but Dan thought he may have left one of his good watches in the safe. We pulled over to park along a street in a little town so Dan could go through the luggage to see if he had the watch with him. Uh oh, no watch! We said that we weren't too far down the road and ... read more
Neuschwanstein Castle
Hohenschwangau Castle
Another Outdoor Lunch

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Schwangau September 12th 2010

We drove to Schwangau from Szczecin for roughly 9 hours. We had to travel above 800 kilometres but advantage fo Germany is very efficient motorway system and no speed limit. We founf our hotel - landgasthof zur Post very quickly, shortly after we could admire view outside. We could saw both most famous castles built by Ludwig II of Bacaria. Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau were visible very well without any restriction because our room was located on the 3rd floor. The Landgasthof zur Post is located in the Münchener Straβe, the main one in town. We paid 37 euros for 1 person per night, breakfast and bathroom & toilet included. We booked multiple bedroom and as we travelled in group of three we needed thre beds. Landgasthof zur Post provided us brilliant service and in dining room ... read more
Neuschwanstein Castle
Hohenschwangau Castle
Neuschwanstein castle

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Schwangau May 21st 2010

I’ll just give you a quick update on the results of the World Championships 2010. We had set tasks for the women and the rigids, but cloudbase did not lift, so we had to cancel the day again - after waiting until almost 5 p.m. But there was a task for the Swifts. None of them made goal today, so it must have been pretty difficult. So the results for Class 2 are: 1st Manfred Ruhmer (AUT), 1878 points 2nd Steve Cox (CHE), 1860 points (that was close!) 3rd Bob Baier (GER), 1435 points 4th Jacques Bott (FRA), 1210 points 5th Brian Porter (USA), 1186 points 6th Johannes Rengeling (GER), 411 points 7th Günther Tschurnig (AUT), 259 points 8th Günther Obweger (AUT), 204 points 9th John Bonvin (CHE), 105 points I’m off to the party now. ... read more
Weather news?
Charly preparing for an opera song

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Schwangau May 19th 2010

Tegelberg was again covered in clouds this morning. Still, we decided to go up the hill. Pilots started setting up. But the weather kept on changing. Sometimes, the sun was out, then again we were in a big cloud, and it was even snowing. And believe me, it was freezing cold. Still, a task for the women was set - from Tegelberg west to Falkenstein, then east to Buchenberg, then to goal at the bottom of Tegelberg. 34 km. But there was an occlusion approaching the area, and there was also a storm warning. So finally around two o’clock, the day was cancelled. At least there was the opportunity for pilots to free fly. Most of them did. I was just glad to leave the mountain after six hours up there. I’m still shivering... The Swifts ... read more
Exit for hangglider pilots
Tegelberg yesterday
Mike Harker is interviewed

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