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Adriatic Adventure, (18)15-11-14 Leinz - Lermoos, Austria
After yet another noisy night in a hotel I packed my boxes and took them
down to the bike before going for breakfast.
Breakfast eaten and it was jackets and weather gear on and off to pay my
bill and ask about road closures in the area.
The road I was planning to take out of Leinz was the 108 north as it looked
well scenic on the map but the question was, is it open??
I asked the kind lady ...
... guided tour of the castle, where we weren't allowed to take pictures. (I did get a postcard booklet of what the inside looks like) We walked through all the parts that were completed, and we even had a chance to see part of the castle that was never finished as well. It was incredible inside. I could see why it took so long in order to finish everything- it was all so intricate! There were many swans that were everywhere, as Neuschwanstein means New Swan Stone Castle. These ...
... quite a fast train, smooth ride and comfy with beautiful scenery. A man came past a few times with a trolley of drinks and snacks so we had everything we needed for the journey. As we got closer to Zurich the Swiss Alps appeared with snow on the top, very pretty!!! Train arrived on time about 5pm, we disembarked and headed out of the giant train station in Zurich. Took us a little while to ...
... getting lower as we were getting higher into the mountains. We made our way into Fussen, a pretty little town, where we disembarked and got on.........another bus!!! This bus took us to the base of the castle. We jumped off the bus and wandered around the little village/street, at the bottom of the castle where our guide explained a bit about the Luwig familiy and the history of the castle. Then we boarded ...........YEP!......another BUS!!! This bus took us to the top of the ...
... a more squat, Bavarian-style castle. When King Ludwig was a child, he spent most of his time at Hohenschwangau, and was miserable (note that Ludwig was a bit of an effete closet case, and was generally ignored by his royal parents). He grew up with a passion for architecture, poetry, and opera, which essentially is every subject that your manly 19th century king should NOT care about (composer Richard Wagner was a, ummm...buddy of ...