Füssen and Neushwanstein

Trip Start May 02, 2005
Trip End Dec 21, 2005

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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

I left amsterdam and caught a train to a little town near Cologne to take advantage of my entitlement to a ferry trip up the Rhine. I missed the first stop so got a train a bit further down and hopped on the boat. As it turns out I chose to ride on seniors day so I was greet with about a hundred greman seniors and music from the 1920s blasting from the speakers - old people these days!

I found some shade near two other backpackers and sat down to enjoy the 4 hour trip through the Rhine valley, passing little towns and castles on the hill tops. Some times I meet people who say "dont you get sick of backpacking after four months?". Yes it really can be tough, sitting on a ferry on a beautiful day watching the germany country drift by while chatting to (in this case) some spaniards from the Basque country and learning about their part of the world. The music was terrible!

I intended to reach heidleburg that night, however due to misreading Lonely Planet I got the phone number wrong so couldn't get through to any hostel's in germany. This resulted in me ending up in some small city called Damstadt (a point of train connections) at 8:30 with no where to stay. Luckily a woman at the information desk pointed me to the city's hostel and everything was ok, however I have to admit I was just a little worried!

The next day I headed off to Fussen home to the famous Neushwanstein Castle in southern Bavaria. Fussen is set at the furthest end of the German plains right on the border of Austria, you can see Austria only a few kilometres away (the huge mountains sort of give it away!)

There isn't really much to say about Fussen, the town's very pretty and the castle is the epitomy of a fairytale castle. I'll try and get pictures up - which tell the story much better than words do. I did meet a couple of aussies James and Kath (brother and sister)whom I had dinner with and will appear later on.. but you'll have to keep reading..
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