Central Europe Trip – Day 2 (Munich)

October 15th, 2013

 

We took a day trip to see the famous Neuschwanstein castle today. We headed out to Hauptbahnhof at 8:15am from where the Sandemans tour started. We could have taken a train and done the trip ourselves but the tour proved to be more fun as we met people from around the world on the tour. We grabbed some breakfast at the station and took the train to Füssen at 9:45am.

It was about a 2 hr scenic journey through the Bavarian countryside. We got out at Füssen station and took a short bus ride to Schwangau. We had about 15 mins to grab a quick bite before we hiked up. We were glad we bought some sandwiches at Hauptbahnhof Munich as there were only a couple of small stores that sold hot dogs in Schwangau town. En route to our hike up to Neuschwanstein, our guide told us the story of King Ludwig II, who built the castle that unfortunately never got completed. On our way, we saw Hohenschwangau castle from outside, where King Ludwig grew up. We took a 35 min tour of the Neuschwanstein castle where we got to witness King Ludwig’s obsession with Wagner and swans.

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We got the best views of the castle from Marienbrück (Marien bridge) to which we hiked up to after our tour of the castle. We also got some great views of the Swan lake and Alpine lake with rolling green mountains and snow covered peaks from there. We then hiked down to see an amazing gorge and waterfall on the way back to Schwangau town. Although this was not even close to any of the castles in Europe that I’ve been to (Versailles palace, Dolmabache palace, Hampton Court Palace) in terms of grandeur or history, we enjoyed the trip overall. Maybe it was the fun company of tourists from all over the world and hiking on the foothills of the Bavarian Alps made it all the more a memorable experience.

On our way back to Munich, we changed trains at Buchloe. We reached Munich just after 7:30pm. We tried to find a nice place to eat near Hauptbahnhof but we didn’t and it was raining cats and dogs. So, we ended up getting some food from the food court at the station. We were pleasantly surprised at the vegetarian options at the asian fast food place. We headed home after a nice dinner.

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