June 18, 2016
Our goal for today was to go and explore one of the most well known castles in the world – Neuschwanstein Castle. The only problem is that Germany is so unbelievably gorgeous, and it’s really hard to not stop along the way to any destination.
Which brings us to the chance to take pictures of the Bavarian Alps across fields of wild flowers. The views were just stunning…but we had no idea how much more stunning they would get.
En route to Neuschwanstein Castle, we came across a cable car that ran up the side of the mountain, Mount Tegelberg. You take the cable car up…and up…and are greeted with the most spectacular views of the alps on three sides, and a lake system on the fourth. There is a restaurant with both inside and outside seating, as well as paths that you can hike. Did I mention the views from up here? Snow capped peaks and valleys galore. Aside from the view, the highlight for me was watching people BASE jump from the top of the cliffs. Those people are my idols (perhaps I’ll try it tandem on my next trip?.
Now, Neuschwanstein Castle is well known universally because it was the basis for the Sleeping Beauty castle. Majestic, looming, and whimsical – it’s exactly what a fairy tale castle should be. We got some picturesque views of the castle from so many different angles, and I can’t wrap my head around the fact that this was once someone’s home!
Also, Brad is a cow whisperer, as we discovered from the many fields of cows that were drawn to his presence. Thought I should add that.
It was such a mind blowing day of beauty. As a side note, we headed back to Neuschwanstein Castle the next day, but they were completely booked on tours. So we spent a bit more time exploring the city below, and then headed off.
On the next post, we head to Munich and visit Dachau Concentration Camp for a harsh dose of history.