A Hell drive in but the Schloss was grand

Trip Start Aug 19, 2010
Trip End Oct 29, 2010

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Flag of Austria  , Austrian Alps,
Friday, October 1, 2010

The dads were slack and left Trento late, don't blame them as the room was really nice and daddy D was catching up on all the trip adviser reviews he had not done, daddy C was reading, I slept in the corner - it was nice.

Daddy C drove and got petrol at a place with lots of police ( Carabinieri in this case) as they were escorting an armored van - figured no yifti there.  As it was not meant to be a long journey daddy C kept driving.

We were using the fernpass through the Tyrolean Alps - I got to go to a town called Nasserith, but soon after fernpass (at 1212 meters) the traffic stopped, for ages and kept building, we think only 1 lane was open but we were there too long, the GPS announced the road ahead was now closed !, daddy C did a U-bob and headed away, the GPS told us to turn around again, so we spent more time in traffic before another U-bob and a detour that the GPS liked - she took us over a road called Hahntennjochstraße, sounds innocent - yeah it was a hairy mountain road rising up to 1900 meters - we could almost touch snow, it was damp and had hairpin bends - daddy C drove real good not to make me car sick, it was 3 hours shorter than the alternative - but not a fun trip - the locals zoomed around it, but not us, we crawled up and crawled down the mountain !

We got to the hotel "Landgasthof Lilie" and found it really nice, it even has high speed internet - and we are miles from a big town (Innsbruck is the closest). 

Today we went to Germany to visit Schloss Hohenscwangau and Schloss Neuschwanstein, these were former summer residences of the Bavarian Royal family.  Schloss Hohenscwangau is much older and is where King Ludwig II grew up. Neuschwanstein is newer and King Ludwig II lived for some years in the gateway building until the Schloss was finished or parts of it were  - he started the project in 1869.  The older Schloss was a ruin rebuilt in 1832, both are relatively new in the world of castles.  King Ludwig II was certified as mad in 1886 and relieved of any decision making, he was found dead in Lake Starnberg (Munich) a day or so later, pick your own reason, as none is officially known.  Photos are not allowed to be taken so there are externals and a sneaky photo only - done from the Throan Room.

The dads got the horse drawn cart up and down from Neuschwanstein, it is quite a long walk, and a good thing they did too as there were a few hundred stairs inside the Schloss also.  They also reckon that Australians get ripped off at places like that, food up the top was the same price if not cheaper than the town below - a good thing that is.

Neuschwanstein is often called a fairy tail castle and is the castle Disneyland was based on.

Neuschwanstein has been open to the public since 1886, sevel weeks after the King's death, it was never completed and the entire 3rd floor is unfinished.

Tomorrow we are off to Stuttgart, the home of Mercedes Benz. The Daddies say if I behave in the car they may take me to the Merc Museum, oooooh so many tires to mark ;-))
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