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Fairytale castles

Slept in until 7am which was lovely, had a shake and boiled egg for breakfast and went up to Mums room so we could do our 30 minute workout. Did some planning for the trip and as it is proving difficult to get from Salzburg to Bled in Slovenia so we changed it all up to save on travel time. and booked a night in Graz further north in Austria.

Cloudy outside today but lovely and crisp and cool outside requiring a jacket. We left just before 9.30am and crossed the road to the train station where we purchased our Bavarian ( Bayern) train ticket for 2 people to Fussen for 28 E. We were having trouble with the ticket machine so a kind rail worker assisted us. The ticket also included the bus to take us from the station to the castles. Caught the 9.50m train as the Bavarian ticket can't be used before 9am on weekdays It took around 2 1/2 hours to get there and bus 78 takes you from the station.

The countryside is beautiful with white bavarian style homes with wooden verandahs, cladding at the top and shutters. Lovely dark wooden barns dotted the rolling hills and grazing cows in between pretty woods.

We were going to visit the world famous fairytale castle built by King Ludwig 11 on an imposing rock in the mountains close by the castle Hohenschwngau, the neo gothic style castle where he spent his childhood by Alpsee lake. That was was not too shabby either but not as grand and romantic as the one he built within sight of where he grew up.This beautiful fairytale castle is the one that Disney based their model on . It is such a difficult word to say and we have been practicing it – Neuschwanstein ( NOYSWANSTINE). It was built 1869 – 1886

Scenically you could not have chosen a more magniicfent place to build this castle. It was perched high on a rocky outcrop, with towering snow clad mountains above it, a big waterfall and deep rushing gorge behind it and in front below lakes and rolling green plains of the valley below. Simply stunning !!!

We went to the ticket line to purchase a tickjet to go inside but all tours were booked out until 4pm and it was only 12..30pm. Apparently we could have bought tickets online. We decided to just walk round re outside of both castles which we really enjoyed. First off we caught a bus up to the top for 1E to view Neuschwanstein. Ludwig died young and never lived there. They are not sure if the murdered or committed suicide but he never married, was thought of as quite mad, spent all his money and a lot of the states money in building several romantic fairytale castles and was removed. These castles today make the state a lot of money with thousands of tourists coming through every year.

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It was beautiful walk down through the woods , a short walk around the lake and then up to the other castle that had beautiful gardens. You could see Neuschwanstein from this castle.

Before catching strain back we walked around the gorgeous little town of Fussen that had a lovely pedestrianised town centre, interesting bright buildings and and beautiful church, town hall ( the Rat Hause - Mum and I love the german name for this!!) and castle on the hill. They were white wth illusional decorations painted on them . Some of the castle windows appeared to be dormer windows but it was all an illusion. Very clever and never seen anything like it.

Back in Munich we walked all the way to other side of the old town to go and have dinner at one of the famous beer halls Hofbrauhaus that is 100 years old It was once home to Hitlers early speeches t hat seats 7000 people. They are long bench tables and very crowded both inside the cavernous rom and the interior pretty beer garden. We joined some people at one of the tables and chatted with them. A man from Singapore and a family from the USA - the daughter, father and grandfather. Talking was hard with not only the noise of the people but he laid oomph banding playing. Lots of atmosphere and fun. The waiters wore of course wearing traditional clothes and serving beer in 1litre steins

Fussen

Fussen


Fussen looking to the Rathaus

Fussen looking to the Rathaus


View over Hohenschwangau Castle

View over Hohenschwangau Castle


Oompah band at the Beer Hall

Oompah band at the Beer Hall


View of Alpee Lake

View of Alpee Lake


Fussen church tower

Fussen church tower


Mum and I

Mum and I


View over to Neuschwanstein Castle

View over to Neuschwanstein Castle


Bavarian clothing

Bavarian clothing


Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle


Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle


Buildings near the castles

Buildings near the castles


Buildings near the castles

Buildings near the castles


Near the  castles

Near the castles


View from Hohenschwangau Castle

View from Hohenschwangau Castle


Mum modelling a bavarian hat

Mum modelling a bavarian hat


Yep we got a selfie stick !

Yep we got a selfie stick !


Mum at the viewpoint

Mum at the viewpoint


Bavarian alps

Bavarian alps


Front of  Neuschwanstein Castle

Front of Neuschwanstein Castle


Alpee Lake

Alpee Lake


Fussen - illusionist dormer windows on the castle

Fussen - illusionist dormer windows on the castle


Hohenschwangau Castle gardens

Hohenschwangau Castle gardens


Fussen church Tower

Fussen church Tower


Fussen

Fussen


Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle


Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle


Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle


Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle


Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle


Walking towards Neuschwanstein Castle

Walking towards Neuschwanstein Castle


Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Germany

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