Come travel with me to Munich…
When you think of Munich, your first thoughts may be of Oktoberfest with its crowded beer halls, overflowing steins, every type of wurst (sausage) you can imagine and lederhosen – those very attractive shorts/overall combination outfits worn with long white socks and a feathered cap.
However, less than two hours away from the Bavarian capital sits a fairy tale castle that looks like it is straight out of a Walt Disney movie. This glorious 19th century castle is called Neuschwanstein and it is located at the end of the Romantic Road, a few kilometres from the Austrian border near the township of Fussen.
Neuschwanstein Castle is one of three castles built by “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It is the most extravagant of the three – with towering turrets and a spectacular hilltop location, which was more for the views it afforded than any kind of defensive purpose. King Ludwig II lavished the castle with an opulent interior, complete with knights in shining amour and ornate carvings. While the castle appeared medieval on the outside, it was fitted with the best technology available in 19th century Germany – including flushing toilets and the equivalent of central heating!
As fate would have it, the King only spent 172 days living in his fairytale castle as he died suddenly in 1886. Only 14 rooms were completely finished – in fact, the second floor of the castle is closed to the public as it is only bare-brick rooms. Finished or not, Neuschwanstein Castle is a magical escape from reality and a must-see day trip from Munich.
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x Sonia x
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