Neuschwanstein Castle, Munich

Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Camping Thalkirchen

Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Sunday, August 29, 2010

Today was an early start (yet again) as we had an all day tour going to the 'Neuschwanstein Castle'. This is the castle where Walt Disney himself got his inspiration from when he designed the Walt Disney castle.  This is also the castle where the TV show ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ flew around in the bus (geez...I’m showing my age if I can remember that show!).  We met our tour guide at the train station and made our way there.  On our way there we saw some gorgeous views of the Bavarian Alps and very green countryside.  We were lucky to have a day worth of sun instead of bloody rain! Before going to the Neuschwanstein Castle, we stopped and looked at the Hchenschwangau castle.  This was okay but we wanted to check out the bigger and better stuff!  It was a 20minute hike to the Neuschwanstein Castle – all up hill – gotta love a big hike.  We stopped at ‘Mary’s Bridge’ which was approximately 90metre high. Looked quite stable until walked on the wooden planks – they felt wobbly and like some were going to break underneath your feet.  Trav insisted on jumping up and down just to make it more thrilling.  The bridge was built back in the 1850s so it was still going ok for being that old.  But the view from Marys Bridge was just breathtaking.  It was the ultimate view of the Castle with a view of a waterfall on the other side.  This guy, Ludwig, who built this castle, built the bridge for his wife Mary and he certainly was artistic. The men back in the days certainly knew how to ‘woo’ a girl.  Hey, let’s build you a bridge.  Or how about I build you a castle and then give you these fields.  We went for a tour throughout the castle – weren’t allowed to take pics inside but I managed to sneak 2 in.  We learnt that the castle was only a third finished as Ludwig ran out of money. Ludwig built the castle for himself and his wife only and when you take a look at the pics, its a pretty huge castle for only 2 people, especially when you know the castle is only a third finished!  We then went for another hike, this time downhill, to the gorge.  Tourists over the years built little rock castles.  No reason really...someone did it one day and from there on the trend started (refer to pics).  It was a nice walk along the gorge...very slippy and I only rolled my ankle once so I was doing well!  We made our way back to the train station.  We decided to have tea and a beer at the Augustiners Brewery/Beer house.  More locals and fewer tourists go to this beer house.  It was quite packed but we found a seat next to some locals.  Germany has fantastic beers.  It will be hard to have a beer back home after experiencing German beer on tap.  We had this shot of alcohol that had a pear sitting in it.  Not sure what it was called but it was quite tasty and felt quite warm going down.  We made our way back to camp just after 10pm.  So happy that it didn’t rain!  Some days you wouldn’t think it was summer here!
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Dazza on

I hate to pick you up on this but "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" was a movie, not a tv show.....

travandkel on

damn it! You rock D...thanks babe xxxx

travandkel on

Was it in black and white? :) T

Dazza on

Nope it was in colour and stared Danny Kaye in the lead role.

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