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... br> Had a great time with both families...the kids were great with Max and everyone got along so well.
We didn't get back to Rapperswill until late....ate a good dinner (Christoph is a great cook!), did some repacking and said our good byes. They both had to leave for work early the next day.
Shane and I found the train...made our way to Zurich and then Geneva. One night at the Airport hotel then twenty hours in transit home.
... the first castle, the lovely Neuschwanstein (which provided the inspiration for Walt Disney's Cinderella castle at Disneyland.) It sits well above Ludwig's childhood home, on the actual mountainside, and is therefore a not inconsiderable walk. Learning that there was a bus option that actually puts you above the castle, we opted to let the wheels on the bus go round and round, and we're very glad we did. At the bus drop off is a short uphill trail that ...
... to see. The crematorium--really a factory for murdering people--was hard to visit. There are memorials established by various religions, and markers for gravesite and execution sites. But there is also a statue to "the unknown prisoner," which subtly portrays a man in prison garb in a posture that seemed a little odd at first--he stands at ease, one wooden-shod foot in front of the other, hands in his pockets, looking off and up. Our guide explained that at morning and evening ...
The next (crazy!) idea I had was to tackle the Nebelhorn - http://www.das-hoechste.de/en/summer/mo untains/nebelhorn/ which is just a four hour drive away in the Allgäu. The point of this madness was that from the bottom (815m) to the top (2224m) is around the same climb as I will do in Nepal (up to 1420m!). This was definitely the most difficult walking I've done so far. It was so steep at times with a variety of terrains from walking on tarmac roads ...
... 8221; – grey mountain cheese/fish soup for
starters and trout in almonds/spicy crust for main
Friday 29 August
Stayed around the campsite throughout the morning reading
a good book. A short local walk in the afternoon but managed to catch a bus
that took us right back to our start point rather than taking us further up the
valley side. Gave up in disgust, had a cup of tea and carried on with the good