Trip Start Nov 26, 2010
Trip End Jan 22, 2011

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This morning we headed off early for the village of Hohenschwangau in southern Bavaria. The town is known today for the fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein. When we first saw the castle it wasn't as white as I imagined but its colour seems to change based on the light and weather conditions. It was cloudy when we first arrived so it looked a dull white. We caught a horse and buggy ride to get us 2/3 of the way up to the castle and then you have to walk the rest. You get allotted tour times so we had a half hour wait till our groups turn. The tour groups were quite large and they went through about every 5 minutes.

From the moment you walked into the castle, you were herded around like cattle being whisked from one room to another with barely any time to really look, take in and appreciate all the fantastic things you were seeing. It was a whirlwind tour lasting half an hour. There was a lot of steps and you literally had to run to keep up with the guide. Its a shame you were so rushed because the castle is amazing. It was so advanced for its time. Ludwig even had running water put in. Each room was a tribute to a different Opera of Wagners. The colours and detail in the paintings are still so vivid and detailed. He certainly made it into a fairy tale castle! Not all the rooms were furnished because Ludwig died before he completed the castle. His bedroom was furnished and the woodwork was incredible. I can't remember how many craftsmen were working on the wood decoration on his bed canopy or how long it took but I remember thinking it was an excessive amount of time and resources.

After walking back down the hill to where we were dropped off from the horse and buggy ride, we caught another horse and buggy to get back down to the bottom.

In the afternoon we went to Oberammergau where they hold the passion play every ten years. Another stop off was at the Kloster Ettal Monastery.
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