Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is probably the most popular and photogenic castle in the world. It was commissioned by the crazy King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the late 1800’s. Only a few miles from Füssen, Germany, it receives millions of visitors every year. It ranked top on my bucket list for many years until I finally went there in 2010 as part of my road trip in central Europe. Needless to say, I was very excited.

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David and I left Munich in the morning and were on the road for about 1.5 hours. We knew we were getting close when we saw this street sign. So we turned left onto the famous ‘Romantic Road’.

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As we were heading towards our destination, David said, ‘hey, there is a castle’. I exclaimed, ‘Wait! This is MY castle…’. We stopped so I can capture my first view of this place that fascinated me for many years. It is a bit too far and difficult to see though.

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Before our tour started at the Neuschwanstein Castle, we walked to the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle, which is quite charming as well.

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Then finally, my dream castle… admired it near and far, inside and out. Of course, it was not allowed to take pictures inside, so you will have to go there to see for yourself. 🙂 It was magnificent. And you can’t find a single drop of blood in all the battle scenes in the wall paintings and frescos.

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In order to get the view in the first photo of this post, you will have to stand on this overlook bridge. Very cool, isn’t it?

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The surroundings are very peaceful and beautiful. Being there, looking at the castles and mountains and lakes, I felt surreal, like a fairy tale finally came true.

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We stayed at the lovely town of Füssen afterwards. A hearty meal with German beer, a lazy stroll on the nice, quiet streets. The day was just perfect.



Travelogue (V)

Significant events don’t distribute evenly in life, they usually concentrate in only a few years (at least for me). All other years just pass by, day in and day out, without leaving much trace.

2010 was definitely a very eventful and memoriable year for me. In mere 12 months, I got an iPhone (Jan), survived the snowmageddon/snowpocalypse in the DC area (Feb), refinanced my house (Mar), transferred group at work (May), changed nationality (May), finished two home improvement projects (Jun), and of course, lots of travel – I went to New York City 15 times (for work), visited Europe 4 times (8 countries), and some more. 🙂

March – I visited Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and Bryce National Park. City and nature combined – a well balanced wonderful trip. Even though this was my third time in Las Vegas and Grand Canyon, I gained new experiences – seeing “O” Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio and admiring Grand Canyon from above. On the way back I flew first class (boosted for free) for the first time in my life.

April – A very nice heart-warming road trip to New England – CT, MA, NH, ME.

August – Flew to Brussels (Belgium) and spent a day in Bruges. Then a wonderful road trip in central Europe – Bratislava (Slovakia), Vienna (Austria), Munich (Germany), Fussen (Germany), Salzburg (Austria), Ljubljana (Slovenia), and Budapest (Hungary). Every place was wonderful, but the highlight was to visit Neuschwanstein Castle, which I have dreamed of seeing for years as I worked on a 3000-piece jigsaw puzzle of it. Lots of challenges and fun stories from this trip that I could write about in later posts.

September – Attended a beautiful wedding in Cape May, NJ – a five-hour cruise on a 110-foot boat. The weather was gorgeous. We drank, ate, danced, laughed on deck under the stars. What a fun evening.

November – Went to London twice (two weeks apart) for work. The first time I flew red eye, had a meeting all day, and boarded the return plane the next morning. Kind of crazy, I know. But I did spend a weekend there the second time as a tourist before getting to work on Monday. I got an Oyster card and immediately felt like a local. Love the city, especially I didn’t even use my umbrella the whole time!

December – A trip to Spain for vacation. A much needed relaxing time at the end of a roller coaster year. Had a wonderful Christmas Eve in Madrid – drinking Heineken eating pasta listening to American music in an Irish pub in Spain. The world is flat! Then Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands off of Africa that belong to Spain, was simply amazing. It has a big volcano (El Teide) in the center, quite a few other mountains with breath-taking views and roads, and of course, lots and lots of beaches. Riding a bike along the shore was a new experience for me, and I immensely enjoyed it! Not to mention watching fireworks on a beach at the warmest New Year’s eve I had ever had!

This concluded my crazy whirlwind 2010. Now I am about to depart on another cool trip (Argentina!), immediately followed by a business trip to London. Likely I won’t be able to post anything for a while, but I will have a lot to share when I come back! Stay tuned. 🙂