Koenig's Schloss's

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Saturday, January 16, 2010

Some people believe that you should never go places twice, but personally, sometimes, especially in Europe, it doesn't matter, you can go back and back again, and still have loads of fun, so when Ryanair announced that they were flying to a new airport called Munich West, but it happened to be 100 K's away, and as they were having specials of a fiver including taxes, it seemed rude not to take them up on their offer and go south and visit some castles in the snow, as Lucy had wanted to do this for a long time.

Day 1 - GPS Link

Once in Memmingen, which is where the airport actually is, we jumped into our car and hit the road. All around was snow, so we took it a little easy, i.e. do not go over 160 klms, and made our way to Fussen. We eventually found our bed, and after getting our shit together, we made our way into town.

There was a fort that stood over it, but it was all closed up, and the churches looked ok, but as it was -5, we found a restaurant to eat, and settled down for a helping of pork, and as usual it was great.

After dinner, we jumped into the car and made our way over to where the castles are as we wanted to get the night shots. Hohenschwangau stood out, but as there was fog everywhere, we could not see Neuschwanstein. Thinking there might be a better spot, we went looking for the place we had free camped in 1998 as we had great views, but we had no idea where we were going, so we went back to the only place I could find, the B&B !!!

Day 2 - GPS Link

Up early, we hit the ticket office and had to wait ninety minutes for our tour, so we took some photos from the outside. We turned around and kind of spotted Neuschwanstein, you know, the castle that the Prince of Vulgaria of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang lived in, but it was still a little foggy, but at least we could see it.

When our number was up, we entered in and did the tour of Koenig Ludwig's parents house. The furniture was original and was pretty nice to see, and as we are in Germany, no photos are allowed !!! Thirty minutes later, the tour ended in the shop, so we walked out and headed up the hill towards Neuschwanstein. We had a twenty minute wait, so once again we took photos of the outside until our number was up. Now this is my third time here, and I never get sick of this place. Yes it is only 1/3 complete inside, but fuck, it is elaborate. Thirty minutes later, the tour took us to two shops, and then we were out. Now the optimum shot which most people take is from the Marienbrücke but the signs were saying the road ahead is closed, so we went with the crowd and followed the track disregarding the sign, and not long after, we were standing on the bridge taking the shots. Now we had done this before, so we went further onto the track, which was covered in snow, and as we had previous form for walking long distance on snow, we set off. The track was pretty hard to find, but eventually we arrived and took the photos. It would have been good to go further around, but it was getting late and the sun was going down.

Once again, we had a pork attack for dinner, and once again it was great, so afterwards, as there was no fog, we went looking for the spot for the night shot, and this time, we found where we camped illegally, and took the shots. Maybe when I was younger it looked bigger, but this time, it did look small !!!

Day 3 - GPS Link

We had a few hours to kill, so we thought, as we were in the area, and there was still one more castle to see, we hit the road and headed over to Schloss Linderhof. Not far into the drive, we crossed over to Austria, and into a gorge we went. The road was pretty snowy, and even though the going was slow, the views were excellent. About 3/4's the way along, we came across Am Plansee and there were people skating on it. Lucy was screaming at me to stop, but being the complete utter bastard that I am, I drove on, until we reached our goal, the Schloss. Luckily for us, an English tour was starting straight away, so we hopped on board and hit it. Now out of all four castles that Ludwig owned, this is the smallest but the most elaborate. It is a pity that there are no photos allowed, because it is pretty amazing to see, so all I can say is go see it for your self !!! Now as it is winter, the fountains are closed and so is the grotto which he built for Wagner, so we finished up and hit the road.

Now on the way back, the roads were much icier, so we went even slower, and this time at Am Plansee, I pulled over to check out the skaters. On the ice, there was also a car and a guy cutting the ice as the Austrian speed skating championships were coming up. Lucy was crying because she did not have her skates, and then we looked down, and below us, we could see three divers !!! It was amazing to see ice divers, so we made our way over to the hole that had been cut and spoke to the locals. They said the temp was 1 degree !!! Way to cold for me, I need at least another 25 degrees !!! All Lucy kept saying was, these are my two favourite sports. I could dive and watch the skaters, or I could skate and watch the divers, but as she could do neither, we went back to the car and hit the road which was really ice.

And not long after, we were back at the airport

And Finally

So now we have the complete set of Ludwig castles, but we now want to come back again, as to see it in the autumn is another story


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