Trip Start Dec 23, 2007
246Trip End Ongoing
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Wanting to stick strictly to countryside, hills, mountains and smaller towns I next headed south towards Fussen, home of the Bavarian Alps and Neuschwanstein castle (the model Disney based the Magic Kingdom on). Along the way I stopped at Nordlingen, which is a village inside the basin of a crater caused when a meteorite
struck the earth 15 million years ago. It turns out that it's one of the best preserved
craters on Earth and was used by astronauts to train for the moon
The village is surrounded by a 14th century wall
with 12 gates which traces the rim of the crater. In the center of the village is St
George church which you can take the stairs 90m to the top for an overlook of the village and crater rim. A fairly interesting place to visit on a short stopover. Then I continued on through the countryside of rolling and colorful wheat fields and wild flowers until I reached the foothills of the Alps.
Once in Fussen, I located my B&B, Dreimaderlhaus and was off to see the fairy-tale castles. Hohenschwangau was Ludwig II's home while he grew up, while the magical Neuschwanstein was his monument to medieval culture and kingship. Then it was time to find a good brewhaus and see the colorful splendor of the Fussen area!