|Looking up to the Castle as we finish our descent from|
The walk up to Hohenschwangau Castle was beautiful with many lovely views of the lake. The castle is surrounded by formal gardens but most people were hiding in the shadows - again it was a hot day.
Built in 1837 on the ruins of a previous fortress from the 12th C by Ludwig II's father Maximilian II, it was his childhood home. Like Neuschwanstein it has the feel of a real home, actually more so as this is still a residence of the Bavarian Royal line - currently Franz, Duke of Bavaria. The rooms are filled with light and often have balconys overlooking the lake and mountains. Murals on the walls are similar to those at Neuschwanstein - German folk tales. It's a charming warm place - surprising really as Maximilian and his wife Marie were cold and uninterested in their offspring; Ludwig and Otto. There are 2 houses making up the castle - the children lived in a separate one from their parents and hardly saw them.
|Formal gardens and fountains - notice the parasol!|
But it was a long day so we were delighted to find our hotel and settle in. Landhotel Gughumf was excellent - our room was the nicest we had on the whole trip and they served a very good breakfast in their lovely dining room. At their recommendation we had dinner at the Hotel Helmerhof restaurant and it was excellent, with a beautiful view of the mountains. We both regretted that we didn't have at least a week to spend here hiking, swimming and eating!
|Many of the windows overlooked the|
Lake. The awnings reminded me of Italy.
|And another view up to Neuschwanstein|
|The lake from the path up to the castle|
|The terrace of the Museum of the Bavarian Kings|
|Our beautiful spacious room at Landhotel Gughumf|
|The sitting room area and doors to our balcony|
|The view from our balcony|
|And this was the view from our table at the Hotel Helmerhof|
Restaurant where we had an excellent dinner.
|Next morning we had a leisurely drive through some lovely countryside before taking the highway to Krumbach. That's|
Neuschwanstein up on the mountain in the distance on the left and Hohenschwangau on the right.
|This church looked so charming but the road was closed to it.|