29.05.2014 - 29.05.2014 18 °C
Signed up for another tour with Radius Tours - Castle Neuschwanstein
Approximately 2.5 hour train ride we arrived at the town of Füssen. Near the foothills of the Alps, this is a lovely place. We then took a bus to the nearby village of Hohenschwangau.
It was built in the 19th century by the famed "mad" King Ludwig II, a man obsessed with myth and who himself became a legend.
It is the inspiration behind Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle, and is famous the world over as the ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Castle’
First stop was a bridge called Marianbrucke (Marians Bridge). From here is a great view of the castle from a gorge. There must be a tradition whereby people place padlocks on the framework of the bridge with their names written on the lock. Some people even go to the trouble of engraving their names on custom locks.
Next we headed down to the castle, to wait until our turn for the castle run tour. They have had 10,000 people go through one day, but most days around 4-5000. No photos of the inside of the castle were allowed. So if you want to see, you will have to go and see for yourself!
On the way out of the castle, we passed 2 gift shops (Just in case you did not see the first one)
After that we headed back down the hill to the village on foot this time, passing gift shop after gift shop. There are lots of beer gardens and hotels in the village.
A day trip really does not do this justice. There are lots of walking tracks around the area, the Alps just a short walk, and lake Alpsee.
Füssen is full of great sights to see as well.
Next time I would like to spend 2-3 nights here.
This is another castle nearby called Hoenschwangau