29.03.2011 - 29.03.2011
Today we got to see something I used to fantasize about as a child... Neuschwanstein Castle also known as Sleeping Beauty Castle. From a distance it looks just like it, grand and elegant, peaking out from the surrounding mountains. The inside was a bit different than other castles I've seen; it was built in a medieval style, but much more recently. King Ludwig ll wanted it modelled after the Old German Knightly Fortress. The castle was dedicated to the composer Richard Wagner; there was even a cave built inside. It was exceptionally modern for the time, sporting running water and heating. We weren't allowed to take any pictures inside, but this was the most spectacular view anyway.
Just like a fairytale
View from the castle
The forest reminded me of the one by my cabin in British Columbia.
We drove into town, and for once we had the entire afternoon just to explore. Better yet, there was nowhere to shop! That meant instead of going into store after store, we just wandered the streets and really got a feel for the place. A small outdoor restaurant was the location of my first legal drink; after all... I couldn't go to Germany without trying the beer!
Against the rules? Yes. Totally worth it? Of course.
We spent the rest of the evening exploring every nook and cranny of Fussen. There was a tiny beach on the river that made for gorgeous photos, pretty old buildings to discover, and numerous little streets just waiting to be followed.
Sunset on the river
Overall the day was fantastic. I didn't notice as many other tourists in Fussen (other than our huge group), and I really enjoyed having the time to explore at my own pace. On top of all that, Bavaria is beautiful, and everyone we talked to was very friendly. I was sad to leave so soon! Tomorrow... Munich