Guten morgan from Munich.
I have been to Munich once before a while back now and absolutely loved it.
The food of course is always a delight and the city itself was just so beautiful to walk around and watch the people go about their day.
My intentions this time was to visit the concentration camp Dachau, but my plans changed and I ended up visiting the famous castle that inspired Disneylands Cinderella castle … Neuschwanstein. It is a nineteenth century palace situated on a rugged hill near Fussen in southwest Bavaria, Germany.
With the snowy Alps as the backdrop the scenery is something beyond explanation and I was just blown away by the beauty of this place.
Five of us booked a tour that picked us up from the hotel nice and early and drove us all the way to the countryside of Bavaria. I remember looking out the window and seeing old buildings and the city of Munich and before I knew it, it had changed to endless green paddocks with black and white dairy cows, yellow flowers strewn across the freed grass, little wooden huts and piles of log stacked oh so perfectly.
It was like something out of a movie and I took a moment to appreciate where I was and how lucky I was to be seeing this with my own eyes.
The weather couldn’t have been better and it was chilly but once you stepped out into the sun the warmth on your back made you forget about the cold. We arrived at the parking area and purchased our tickets to venture inside. Honestly I only went inside because everyone else did but I didn’t think it would be as amazing as it was. I’ll talk about the interior of the castle later on.
Now a bit of information of the tickets, it’s always best to come early to avoid the tourists and never ending lines and once you purchase the tickets you can’t just go in whenever you please. It is set tours and a set time so you must be ready at the entrance on time as it is computerised, so you don’t want to miss out. There is numerous tours every half an hour and of all different languages. Once you are inside, there isn’t a lot of time to really walk around at your own pace and I would’ve liked to spend more time inside on my own to really look at the details of every surface, but the tours are on a tight schedule so it’s very quick. However the tour guide was extremely knowledged about everything and it was so so interesting. Photos were not allowed, but trust me if you decide to visit please, please come inside. You will not regret it.
I learnt so much about King Ludwig II, and it was so interesting that I actually came home and researched more about his life and what he went through.
Sadly King Ludwig only slept 11 nights in the palace that he dreamt about building and actually a huge part of the palace has been left unfinished to this day. He passed away mysteriously in 1886, and the palace has been opened to the public ever since, although he had no intentions to do so.
The interior design was truly royalty and it was just divine. It was particularly sad to be standing in King Ludwigs bedroom, knowing that he was there, the night before he mysteriously died. King Ludwig had a particular love for swans and it was very obvious on the inside walls of his sanctuary. Everything from the wall design, to his curtains, to his doorknobs,to his tap in his bathroom was shaped and designed to look like an elegant swan. Truly beautiful.
As usual, many photos were taken by yours truly and I have to say this trip was just so memorable for me and I am so grateful to have experienced it.