Neuwachstein is the castle that you often see on posters advertising Germany, it looks a bit like the disneyland castle. Built by the very eccentric King Ludwig II the castle is extravagant both inside and out
. It is beautifully set on a high hill with a mountain backdrop and river valleys and lakes nearby. We walked up to the castle by foot and then waited for our turn on the guided tour (compulsory for this castle). There were people there from all over the world. Our guide (who spoke English that sounded like German) was rather frustrating but what we saw was amazing - the throne room, the King's bedroom, the grotto, the kitchens, servants quarters etc. King Ludwig only lived in the castle for 172 days then he was deemed insane by the government and later died at 42 years of age in suspicious circumstances! Since then nobody has ever lived in the castle!
After the tour we took the horse and carriage down to the carpark! A very romantic conclusion to the romantic road! It was Mark's birthday so we celebrated that night at a bavarian restaurant in the delightful historic town of Fussen (for more roast pork, sausages and potatoes washed down with beer!)
We sadly said goodbye to Teresa and family after a wonderful day at the open air museum and set off down the romantic road a bit later than planned. The romantic road is a tourist road taking in many castles, churches and historic towns. It runs from Wurzburg in the middle of Germany to Fussen in the South of Germany near the Alps. We would have liked to spend more time visiting everything on the way down but unfortunately time did not permit as we were due in Switzerland. We did visit one amazing church with elaborate paintings in beautiful colours (see photos below). We were also determined to visit the famous fairytale castle Neuwachstein located in the foothills of the mountains near Fussen.