Fairytales are made of this

Trip Start Apr 05, 2008
Trip End Jun 05, 2008

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Yep I was right, 5.00am on the dot they wake up and then rustle, talking Japanese and making a huge amount of noise. They keep this up until 7.30am when I am going in and out of sleep and decide hey I may as well get up and have a shower and get some breakfast.

Last night I decided to slow down a bit and stay another night in Fussen as I would be visiting the castles and didn't want to have to rush back to the station and Munich. I had looked into another hostel last night and I decide to walk there as it is not too far away. When I get there the owner tells me it is booked up but he has another hostel closer to the train station that is nicer which I can stay at and he offers to drive me there, which is good as I really don't feel like walking with my backpack and trying to find my way.

We get there and it is lovely I park my bag and then put my laptop in my bag and head to the train station in time to get the 10am bus to the Castle.

The bus stops at the bottom of the hill and I walk to the ticket booth. There are two castles close to eachother and if you do both there is a discount. I of course choose to do both. 

Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are the two castles they mean something to do with swans, I really wasn't paying much attention when they told us about their names. 

It is a 20 minute walk to Hohenschwangau, the first castle, there are three paths to go one is climbing stairs, the other is a long gentle walk and the last is a steeper hike but less time. I choose the hike and a hike it is.

The castle is ornate and grand and the views are amazing, to get entrance into the castle you have to do a guided tour which is informative and interesting, the only problem is you are not allowed to take photos inside the castle, sorry folks you will just have to see if yourself.

The next castle is 40 minutes away and there are the same 3 option but also you can take a bus or a horse-drawn carriage. I chose the bus which actually doest not drop you that much more closer than hiking up there but at least 80% of it is down hill but the uphhill is so freaking uphill. Neuschwanstein castle is the castle that Disney modelled Snow Whites castle on, it was designed by King Ludwig and only 60% of it was finished as he died halfway through making it and they decided not to continue as it was very expensive.

The walk back down for 40 minutes is gorgeous I really get to tune out and think as I am walking, as much as I love this travelling by myself sometimes I think its a shame that there is not someone to share it with, to discuss the amazing things I see and also the unexpected gems which I am constantly discovering. Perhaps I will find someone who loves to travel just as much as I do.

When I get back to my room there is an American girl there, Michelle, we have a natter and then decide to head out to have dinner.  It turns into quite a comedic experience as we wrestle with german and play fish with the drinking coasters much to our own amusement and not really the others diners appreciating us. 

We have a traditional Bavarian specialty called Allgau Kasspatzen which is really just like Macaroni and cheese with onion.  They give us a huge helping each and we barely eat a third, even though we are starving from all this walking.

Kässpatzen made of flour, eggs, salt, water and much Bavarian cheese. You can only get it in the Allgäu, the south of Bavaria.

When I get back from dinner I find the owner has moved me to another room. Pity I quite liked chatting to Michelle and I had a bed without a bunk for once.

I go to be tired and very exhausted and decide to spend a day planning in Munich as I think I need to do a lot more planning before I head over the Czech Republic and Poland. In fact I am not too sure if I will visit Poland afterall but I will see.

As I go to sleep I listen to, of all things, Neil Young

Keep on rockin' in the free world

Wish you were here - Penny
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