Exploring Europe: Neuschwanstein Castle
I wish we stayed longer in Germany. We were supposed to spend three days in Germany but we weren't able to book a sleeper train in advance. We were left with no choice but to spend one whole day on the train. The experience wasn't that bad since we were welcomed with beautiful scenic views.
I think Germany, at least in Munich, is one of the loveliest and cleanest countries we've seen during our visit. By clean, I mean less graffiti. Rome is swarming with graffiti, which I don't condemn, but it's a growing problem. What's funny is that nobody tells you these things on their travel blog, at least I don't remember encountering one.
The main highlight of our trip to Germany is the Neuschwanstein Castle that's located in the village Hohenschwangau near Füssen.
The gorgeous views while we were in the train to Munich
Schloss Hohenschwangau, the childhood residence of King Ludwig II
Before I introduce to you Schloss Neuschwanstein, here's a little introduction:
- Neuschwanstein means "New Swan Stone" and is derived from Richard Wagner's opera character, the Swan Knight. In fact, many of the rooms of the castle were inspired by his plays. Ironically, Wagner never ha the chance to visit the castle. He died before its completion.
- King Ludwig II only slept 11 nights in this 19-th century Romanesque Revival palace and like Wagner, he died before the castle's completion. Seven weeks after his death in 1886, the castle was opened to the paying public.
- The palace was the inspiration of Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty's Castle
This gorgeous view from the castle
All that walking was definitely worth it because the castle is gorgeous. If you're planning to go on your own, here are a couple of tips I highly recommend you follow:
- Wear comfortable walking shoes. YOU WILL BE WALKING A LOT!
- I highly recommend you take the bus going to Neuschwanstein Castle. Seriously. Save your energy when you're already on the top of the hill.
- Sadly, photography isn't allowed inside the castle. :( :( :(