Trip Start May 30, 2012
Trip End Nov 07, 2012

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Flag of Germany  , Bayern,
Saturday, June 23, 2012

At the end of the Romantic Road in Germany, lies the little town of Fuessen. Jessica had this town as a must see for our trip beause of the nearby castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein. The Cinderella castles in Disneyland and Disney World are supposed to be based off the Neuschwanstein and some other castle in Spain that we might see later on. So you can understand the excitement one might have, especially of the female gender, to see this castle. We had planned to go see the two castles early the day after we arrived in Fuessen. But first I must start with the night we arrived. It started a bit rough because first we found out that our hostel had no kitchen and we couldn't check in until 5pm that day (we arrived at 1pm), and later we found out that the Neuschwanstein castle had a lot of scaffolding on it (more than Jess originally read about). So...we dropped off our bags and decided to walk around Fuessen. We were glad we did because Fuessen had a castle of it's own, which we could walk up to the top of a tower for free! The view from the tower was pretty cool. We could see the beauty of the surrounding area as a transition between the foothills and the start of the Alps, with big and small lakes all around. The Fuessen castle still wouldn't compare to Neuschwanstein, but it was really cool, and so was the town. It was full of life. And, Germany was playing Greece in the knockout stage of the Euro Cup that night, so every pub was packed and there were German flags everywhere. We had to walk to the old town just to experience the atmosphere.

The next day we left early to go see the castles. It was a good thing because once the daytrip buses from Munich arrived, it was packed (good job Jess on your planning for this!). We met up with a fellow Canadian, Allison from Toronto, who was also staying at our hostel, and hiked up to the newer castle of the two, Neuschwanstein. We were only going to get a tour of the newer and more spectacular castle and just see the outside of the other one. The tour of the castle was amazing! The King who had the castle built was a little looney and only stayed in the castle 3 months. He wanted everything as extravegant as possible. There were murals everywhere on the walls and chandeliers that resembled crowns all through the halls. There were wood carvings, and lion and swan statues everywhere. As amazing as that was, the moment of the day has to go to the discovery of a bridge not far from the castle. The bridge connected two bigger hills, and from it, we had the best possible view of the castle with the surrounding towns of the valley in the background. But, what made this view so awesome, was that most of the scaffolding was hidden. Allison, Jess, and I then walked to see the other castle, and then headed back to Fuessen. Tomorrow we head to Munich for four nights.

Side note: I had the pleasure of eating a Schneeballen. Schneeballens are big cookies about the size of a softball, that look like a bunch of flat cookies have been twisted together. They are a Bavarian treat and we found them Fuessen. I had one with caramel on it and it was big enough to be my supper. So good!!

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Karen Spragg on

Took me a while to catch up to you two. I was still back on day 8. I am still very envious of you two and a tad jealous. Travel safe, keep up the great stories.

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