Germany's most famous Schloß

Trip Start Apr 08, 2007
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Trip End Oct 01, 2007


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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I succeeded in getting together with ol' Jim yesterday, so we put our heads together some on the notion of a couple day trips. He's had it in mind to get me down to the town of Andechs on the Ammersee for a long time now. We were supposed to go when I was here for Oktoberfest a few years back, but the time was just too short. This time though, he's told me that I'm not getting out of Munich without going there first. In the meantime though, Mayu had been hoping to see the famous Schloß Neuschwanstein for ages, so that's where we decided to go today.

Jumping the S-Bahn out to Buchenau early this morning, we met up with Jim again and then started the drive onwards. It's a beautiful trip, and once again the weather is more than cooperating with us: blue skies and plenty of sun. Except for the odd, sluggish truck, the ride down was relatively smooth and quick. The rising temperature over the past few days has meant a bit more haze and humidity, so it took some time for the Alps to appear. Within about a half hour of Füssen though, they were clear and prominent on the coming horizon.

The less-visited Schloß Hohenschwangau was a mess of ongoing restoration work when we arrived, but fortunately Neuschwanstein was unobstructed and beautiful. After having a bite of wurst beforehand, we began the steep hike up. Since we didn't have to hurry to a tour right away, we managed to fit in a stop at the overlook towards Hohenschwangau and the Alpsee, as well as the fabulous view of the castle from Marienbrücke. Even still, we had to hustle a little to get to the front gate in time. The guide was more informative than last time I visited, but Mayu had to struggle some to understand her thick accent in the echoey chambers. The gabbing amongst the other tourists in the group didn't help much either.

Since we were a little short on time to spend at Marienbrücke, Mayu wanted to stop by one more time before descending. After that, we took the longer main route downwards for a different view of the castle. It's probably been the busiest day yet for us sightseeing-wise, but with the smooth organization of things here, it never got swamped (apart from the noisy tour). Our ride back took a little longer than normal thanks to rush hour traffic as well, but it wasn't terrible. We finished off the evening with a delicious Greek dinner at Taverna Paros in Haidhausen along with my brother - an old classic that he and I used to go to back in the day. My brother had us join him for a drink with some of his basketball friends afterwards, but it wasn't long 'til we were cashed.

Tomorrow: Andechs.
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