Fantastical Castles in Bavaria

Trip Start Apr 20, 2009
Trip End Jul 20, 2009

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Today I went to visit the castles of "Mad" King Ludwig II - Honschwangau and Neuschwanstein. I find it amazing that I can spell those from memory! (Hopefully correctly... hahaha) I met up with a couple who is here on their honeymoon. [Had the civil ceremony in the States and is doing the ceremony here in Germany right before they go back home.] We walked up to the castles together and got to enjoy some time together between the tours. I have to say that the guides were quite nonplussed with their jobs! Honschwangau was nice to see, in terms of itīs relation as the early childhood home of Ludwig and connection to the other castle, but not nearly as impressive. Neuschwanstein was quite impressive, and it wasnīt ever even completed! : )
It was just so beautiful inside. So elaborate, every square inch was covered. I must admit, it must have been fabulous to have the views out over the valley in the morning and still be so secluded...

We hiked back down through the gorge behind the castle back into town. The water in the stream was freezing!!! We were hungry and had bought some pasta for dinner, only to find out that the hostel wouldnīt let us cook dinner! So we went out instead and I had a fabulous salmon salad and apple strudel. Not money that I had planned to spend, but it was worth every cent!

Then back to the hostel to turn in early, as there is not a thing to do in this town past 8:30 in the evening. Not even a late coffee... Oh well, it means I am going to get some rest, which will be nice!
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