Thursday, February 26, 2009

Neuschwanstein Castle

Bird houses attached to the side of a house! I loved it!

Valentines Day weekend we traveled down to Fussen, Germany so we could go tour Neuschwanstein Castle. The drive was beautiful but nothing really prepared me for the beauty of the area. The mountains were grand, covered in snow and the towns were cute.

Hohenschwangau Castle - King Ludwigs boyhood home

Neuschwanstein Castle

The castles were amazingly gorgeous with the mountains as the backdrop. We took a horse carriage up to the castle and the view from up there was breathtaking, one could easily see why King Ludwig wanted to build his Neuschwanstein Castle there. The tour was short (30 minutes) but informative. The castle's interior was never completed as King Ludwig was mysteriously found dead in a lake near Munich and the construction was halted. We were not allowed to photograph anything inside the castle but it wasn't quite what I had been expecting. I would say it was simple but ornate at the same time. The attention to detail in many things was amazing, the carving in the woodwork, the mosaic tile floor in the chapel. I guess since it was never finished I can't say how grand the castle would have been.

View from Hotel Kurcafe at dusk

James found a very cute hotel for us, Hotel Kurcafe in Fussen. The room was nice and we had a view of the mountains and Fussen Castle from our room. We loved that we could walk right down into a nice restaurant and have a delicious dinner without having to get dressed up or put our jackets on. It wasn't crowded at all because we were there on a Sunday night and there were only a couple groups in the dining room.

It was an amazing weekend and I had a great time. This weekend James is taking us to the Black Forest so please stop by next week and look for some new photos.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The pictures are awesome, I can only imagine the castles up close, their so beautiful, Michelle:o)