Alps, castle castle, Alps

Trip Start Sep 16, 2009
Trip End Aug 18, 2010

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Friday, April 2, 2010

We got up early in order to drive to Füssen, southern Germany towards Mad King Ludwig's 2 castles. It was amazing to see the Alps rise out of the horizon, covered with snow.  Fortunately it was very warm outside since the sun was shining, and we missed the snow from the day before. The casltes also came out of nowhere and the mountains gave a beautiful backdrop.

The castle Hohenschwangau was where King Ludwig spent some years, since the castle once belonged to his father and was previously a fort guarding a trade route from Germany to Austria. This was where he developed all of his wild ideas of other residences. The composer Wagner was a friend of Ludwig’s and often stayed at the castle and many of the rooms in Ludwig’s castles were inspired by Wagner’s music. There was even an old piano that Wagner used to compose some of his music, crazy!!!!

The larger castle, Neueschwanstein or as Americans call it "Cinderella’s" castle, is a 45 minute walk from the 1st castle up a very steep hill. It was so large and it was hard to believe that it was never finished since Ludwig died mysteriously during its building. He only lived there 3 months. The paintings in each room had themes and the colors and intricate treasures were fantastic. Then we drove through Austria, around the Alps, or really through the lower valleys to get to our destination in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This town is at the base of the Zugspitze, the highest point in Germany. The Alps were an amazing sight to see at night. We thought we were going to stay in a “tight” room but it turned out that we had a huge suite with our own beds and even a cool modern shower, that did not work and we had to use the shower next door.

Read the next entry to hear about our drive through some more small towns in Germany!!!
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