Neuschwanstein Castle

Trip Start Jul 26, 2005
Trip End Nov 01, 2005

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

After waking up i found that my earphone's were still in and dead flat, i must of fallen asleep before taking them out. We were up early to rise to head to Fussen to see Neuschwanstein castle which i'm pretty excited about seing as it looks pretty good in the pictures. When we were approaching the foothills of the Alps which is where it is, i was blown away by the size of these mountains. I've never seen ones this high. Beautiful sight with the snow topped mountains pearcing through the clouds. We finally arrived at Fussen and had to catch the local bus upto the stop where we can walk around the local area. The town looked really nice, but very cold so i got my jumper out. The first castle we came across which the King Ludwig the 2nd lived in, in early 1900's. Everything was original for once in this section of Germany. The castle is heaps descent and this is where he lived while he watched through a telescope out his high window his other dream castle being built on the plateau above this one. This castle never got finished as he died mysteriously in a nearby valley. The 2nd castle was being built to fullfill dreams and was sooo beautiful. No wonder why Walt Disney got his inspiration from it. We walked up this huge steep path through the forest to finally reach it we finally entered it and it was even better looking inside. the 3rd floor was never finished, as the king died, but the rest was so detailed with so many colours inside. He was obsessed with swan's, and used it as his sign so they were everywhere inside the castle. After walking from bottom to top and down again we headed out and went for a hike and climb up further on a higher mountain. The view of the castle, surrounding mountains, the lakes and small towns in the distance was just the best, and something that really needs to be seen to be appreciated. We also were very high up and took ages to get there, but was all worth the effort. The end of the day sadly came and our 2 hour journey back to Munich began, which i fell asleep upon but awoke at Ausburg as we thought we had to change trains here, but didnt actually so rushed to get back on in a hurry.

However today the 16th i'm on the train to Prague. It's 6 hours, but now nearly over. We're in Plzen, which is where Pilsner beer was invented - heh! sweet! The trip hasn't seemed as long though as i've been speaking to these 2 Californian guys for most of it. One's 28 and going to end up in Switzerland, Zermat teaching for 5 months (yes im jelous, i am really looking forward to that country), and the other guy is 23 and just travelling for about 5 weeks before ending up in the Canary Islands.

Well here we are getting closer to Prague, and the country looks very nice - i look forward to seing more of Czech Republic. For now, Auf Wiedersehen (goodbye) Germany. I will be back...
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