|Scott and I in front of the iconic castle|
|Scott looking handsome here too|
|A view of the Marien's bridge - looks precarious doesn't it.|
|The road up to Neuschwanstein|
|On this view taken on the road you can see 2 of the lakes|
|A close up of Hohenschwangau Castle|
|Neuschwanstein from the bridge|
|Looking down from the bridge - that's it's shadow below|
|The bridge was so crowded and rickety - rather scary in fact|
|Panorama from Neuschwanstein over to Hohenschwangau and the village of the same name.|
Neuschwanstein is a Romanesque Revival design and picturesquely sited on a promontory set off by higher mountains and the lake below. In 1884 the King moved in. The interior is intimate and warm with many early modern conveniences such as central heat, warm running water, flushing toilets and telephones. To say the least this was unusual in 1884! The walls are adorned by colorful and lovely murals representing the stories from Wagner's operas and German tales. Only 15 of the 200 interior rooms were finished by his death and right after that the castle was opened to the public.
We rented a car and drove down early in the morning. Tickets to both castles were reserved online 5 months before - if you don't there is an endless line to purchase them there. When we arrived the whole area was packed with tourists; it was hard to find a parking space. After a nice lunch on a restaurant terrace, we walked up to Neuschwantein along a narrow road shared only by the horse drawn carriages. The buses took a different route. It was a lovely walk of about 40 minutes, all up hill. You are given entrance times and then have a guided tour, in our case in English. I loved the place! It's the first palace/castle I've ever been in that I could imagine living in. Afterwards we walked up to the fantastic overlook on the Marienbrucke (Marie's Bridge) and took panorama pictures of the castle. There are lots of beautiful walking paths in this area along with lovely lakes. We wished we had a week to spend here!