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Exploring Europe: Neuschwanstein Castle

I wish we stayed longer in Germany. I think Germany is one of the loveliest and cleanest countries we’ve seen during our visit. By clean, I mean less graffiti. Rome is swarming with graffiti, which I don’t condemn, but it’s a growing problem. What’s funny is that nobody tells you these things on their travel blog, at least I don’t remember encountering one.

We were supposed to spend three days in Germany. But alas, there were no more available overnight trains from Rome to Munich. We were left with no choice and spend one whole day inside the train. The experience wasn’t all bad since we were welcomed with beautiful views and cuties (HAHAHA).

The main highlight of our trip to Germany is the Neuschwanstein Castle that’s located in the village Hohenschwangau near Füssen.

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The gorgeous views while we were in the train to Munich

Eurotrip 2014 - Germany

Eurotrip 2014 - Germany

Eurotrip 2014 - Germany

Eurotrip 2014 - Germany

Schloss Hohenschwangau, the childhood residence of King Ludwig II

I didn’t get to visit this castle, but there’s always a next time… with JP, hopefully!

Eurotrip 2014 - Germany

Eurotrip 2014 - Germany

Before I introduce to you Schloss Neuschwanstein, here’s a little introduction:

  • Neuschwanstein means “New Swan Stone” and is derived from Richard Wagner’s opera character, the Swan Knight. In fact, many of the rooms of the castle were inspired by his plays. Ironically, Wagner never ha the chance to visit the castle. He died before its completion.
  • King Ludwig II only slept 11 nights in this 19-th century Romanesque Revival palace and like Wagner, he died before the castle’s completion. Seven weeks after his death in 1886, the castle was opened to the paying public.
  • The palace was the inspiration of Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle

Eurotrip 2014 - Germany

Eurotrip 2014 - Germany

Eurotrip 2014 - Germany

Eurotrip 2014 - Germany

Eurotrip 2014 - Germany

Eurotrip 2014 - Germany

This gorgeous view from the castle

Eurotrip 2014 - Germany

All that walking, uphill and downhill, was definitely worth it because the castle is indeed really gorgeous. If you’re planning to go on your own, here are a couple of tips I highly recommend you follow:

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes. YOU WILL BE WALKING A LOT — both uphill and downhill.
  • I highly recommend you take the bus going to Neuschwanstein Castle. Seriously. Save your energy when you’re already on the top of the hill.
  • Photography isn’t allowed inside the castle. The tour guides were very accommodating; feel free to ask them any questions regarding the castle.

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Irish
    September 10, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    Lovely photos! What camera and lens did you use? :)

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    Jae
    September 10, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Now I know why my husband wanted to be stationed in Germany when he was still in active military service. Germany is beautiful!

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    Ice Pandora
    September 11, 2015 at 1:27 AM

    Gorgeous lively and vibrant pictures c: Happy to hear
    you enjoyed Germany!
    I recognize the graffiti issue, I saw it a lot when I was
    Florence and in Prague last year which I think it is
    really shameful.
    Xx Ice Pandora

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    Denise
    September 11, 2015 at 11:25 AM

    If ever I go to Germany, I think most of the time would be spend trying to pronounce the name of these places. It was an interesting tidbit to know that this was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle, no wonder it looked like a part of Disneyland. :D

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    Nana
    September 11, 2015 at 11:56 PM

    These are some really breathtaking photos! That view from the castle looks magical oh my <3

    ♥ Nana’s Notebook

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    Salvé Dalmacio
    September 14, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    Next to Iceland, Germany is my second dream destination! My life would be complete if ever I traveled there. :) This entry just made my heart long for Deutschland even more. <3

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    Dice
    September 15, 2015 at 11:08 PM

    the view is so beautiful!!!

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    Anna
    September 17, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    These are the kind of places one could only dream of and likely never get to see in real life. Must be surreal to see them up close and take the whole experience in. Lucky you! It’s hard to believe that castles like these were able to stand the test of time and still standing in a world where everything is fast-paced and dependent on technology. But I suppose that’s what sets Europe and its countries apart from other continents that they really preserve their rich history and culture for the future generations to come.

    Totally felt that vibe that the castle was an inspiration for Sleeping Beauty before I read your caption. ;)

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