Are we princesses yet?
Today we did a day trip with Radius Tours to Neuschwanstein. We met at central station near platforms 32-34. Our tour guide was Jeff and we hopped on a train toward Fussen with 30 other tourists. It was cool to see how internationally diverse the group was from the U.K. To Malaysia to Brazil. It was a 2 hour ride but Jeff told us a lot of history of Bavaria, the Bavarian kings, and how the castles came about to be. I really enjoyed hearing the back story and the views from the train were jaw dropping. Just large green field with cute towns and the alps in the background. True countryside.
We got to Fussen and hopped on a 10 min 78 bus ride to Hohenschwangau – Alpseestraße to walk up to the castle. We stopped at an imbiss and I had some curry wurst with pomme frites. It was okay but helped soak up some of the beer from last night. We then hiked up towards Neuschwanstein castle. The hike looks intimidating and I still really want to take one of the horse drawn carriages (6 euros) but the hike was really pleasant and not strenuous at all. Took about 30 min. The irony was the hike and the sun made it way hotter on the mountain than in Munich itself...
So Neuschwanstein castle is less than 200 years old and as such, it is one of the most pretty and huge castles. Walt Disney himself modeled the sleeping beauty castle after this beautiful castle. The backstory is that King Ludwig II wanted to dedicate this castle to Richard Wagner because he basically fell in love with all his operas and music since the age of 17. But the king died before the castle was finished (only 1/3 was done) and it's still a mysterious how he died. His uncle then opened the castle as a museum. The rooms that were done are some of the strangest themed rooms you'll see. He has many paintings dedicated to Wagner's operas, a room dedicated to swans (his favorite animal), a whole room that mimics the inside of a cave (like literally looks like a cave), and a room designed after a music hall from another castle that he used as a knights memorial where instead of having concerts, he would light 600 candles and think about knights and their good deeds.... He was an interesting king to say the least and many people actually call him Mad King Ludwig but he did know how to make a grandeur castle! It felt like being in the middle of a fairytale with the castle and the expansive lake and plains in the backdrop.
Currywurst mit pommes
Hohenschwangau Castle (2nd castle of 4 castles for Ludwig)
Awesome view of the countryside
I love this castle!!! Neuschwanstein Castle.
We finally made it back at 7p to central station and headed straight to Augustiner-Keller. There was some party going on where a lot of the folks were wearing cool leiderhosens. We quickly found a place to sit next to 2 Korean girls that we actually had seen at Hofbrauhaus. Small World. We ordered wiener schnitzel and obazder, an oniony cheese dip. We also ordered 2x 0.5L beers. The beers were not as good as the other 2 beer halls we went to yesterday BUT the food was on point. The cheese dip was good but it was a lot of cheese so I would try something else unless you have a lot of people with you. The wiener schnitzel was super delicious and fried to perfection and the roasted potatoes were even tastier. I would come back just for the food but the environment was way less touristy with many more locals here. I wish it wasn't so cold and windy because the garden was huge and looked even more inviting than the inside although people were enjoying the small bonfires outdoors with their beers.
We headed home with warmth from our full and happy bellies.
ALSO, michelle's bag finally showed up! Thank goodness.