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Up and about at 7am and after some brekky we took a taxi to Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), where we started our tour to King Ludwig's castle. It is believed this castle is the idea behind Walt Disney's Snow White castle. The castle is quite a way out of Munich so off we go. First onto a train with our guide and our 7 other tour people, all English speaking, good start! We were on the first train for about 15 mins and then we were all ushered off and onto another train for about ...
... insane was "childish table manners." Chew with your mouth closed, people.)
So the king gets insanity, and the country gets a damn fine tourist attraction. I'd say win-win, but I am sure Ludwig would disagree.
As a tourist (as opposed to a monarch lacking dining etiquette), the castles are a beauty and a thrill to visit. The train whisks visitors to the Alpine region, surrounded by snowy mountains and clear blue ...
... access. By the time we were done we ended up on a balcony with a view of the Hohenscwangau and the lake behind it. By the time we came down four stories of spiral steps I would be walking in circles.
Once we exited the castle and had a pleasant walk down the wooded hills to the car we took the scenic driving route through the Bavarian countryside. Along the way we would stop at the quaint little hamlet or Oberammergau, a town which is ...
... As the court finances dwindled, Ludwig's lunacy increased, culminating in his being told, at age 40, by his physician that he would be recommending that Ludwig be removed from the throne on grounds of insanity. Two days later, both the physician and Ludwig were found mysteriously drowned in the Starnbergsee.
The day ended with a visit to the greatest example of Rococo decoration in all of Germany...the wonderful Wieskirche...the "Church in the ...
... it was off to our favorite trailer park for dinner. They probably thought we were nuts, but they welcomed us with large coffees and more schnitzels. We went back to the B&B early and just hung around.
Even though the weather is not the greatest, the mountains look very interesting with the mist and clouds snaking their way over them. Every few minutes you get a different picture outside your window. The same thing in the morning. You can see the mist travel up ...