After a perfect evening in Munich, we set off early for one of the highlights of the trip: Neuschwanstein. This is a German castle of legend with a tongue twister of a name.
Perched upon a stone hill, it is pristinely white and complete with turrets. So legendary is this castle, that it is said that Walt Disney himself was so inspired by it that he created the famous Disney Castle.
The drive up to the castle was one of my favorite parts of this trip. The flat green land around Neuschwanstein makes for an impressive view for miles around.
After the long walk up to the Castle (the only other option was horse and cart which we were not interested in entertaining), we slid past the throngs of tourists and started on the path less travelled.
It seems like very few people want to make the trip up the side of the mountain, but I highly recommend it. Not only are there very few people, the hike is through some gorgeous woods. Its peaceful and not very difficult. If that doesn’t sell you, then the view from the top will. You can see the best angle of the castle from here and look out to the flat countryside. The lakes are the bluest blue and the grass is green.
We spent a long time just hanging out and enjoying the view from high above. It was rewarding after a long hike and a great place for some peace and quiet! We had a great time here and I recommend stopping by if you ever have the chance. Next up, an evening in Innsbruck, Austria.
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I’ve been to Neuschwanstein TWICE and I’ve never come across the mountain path to get that gorgeous view over top, I am jealous! I’ve found my way to the little rickety bridge to see the castle from the side (and have a panic attack about how high up over a ravine I was!), but now I want to go back just to find this. Thanks for sharing it! Beautiful photos of the castle and surrounding lands as well. I, too, enjoy the drive in so much.
Ah you were almost there! If you can manage to make it across that incredibly scary bridge, you just keep walking along the path to the top. Most people are totally distracted by the view on the bridge and don’t realize you can keep going! Next time!
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