Romantische Straße and the Mittelrhein : 2017-06-18 : Schlösser!

Type Name Description Service Provider Cost Kms To Date Total Notes Actions
Cycle To and from things we did Today: 26km; Total: 803km $0.00 26.00 26.00
Sight See Neuschwanstein Castle $30.00
Sight See Hohenschwangau Castle $30.00
Sight See Museum of the Bavarian Kings $30.00
Type Name Service Provider Confirmation Location Cost Notes Actions
Camp Camping Brunnen Schwangau $160.00 Four nights

Trip Log

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Our schedule allowed for spending a day or two in the Füssen area. When we got into town yesterday, I had such a negative reaction to how touristy Füssen is, and how insanely crowded the Zeltplatz was with car campers (and their stupid cars), that I suggested we spend only one day and then move on. Surely there's a less crowded place we could spend our day.

This morning, though, the Campingplatz started clearing out in a big way and we realized that the Zeltplatz would likely be much more livable after Sunday check-out. Brent suggested staying for the extra day to do everything we want to do, and Laura and I thought it was a good idea. We'd even be able to move our tents to a better spot on the Zeltplatz, which would make it easier, too. Good thing we'd decided to stay, because it turned out we didn't really have much choice. The DB (Deutche Bahn) office turned out to be closed today and we weren't able to buy our train tickets for tomorrow. We could have used the automated ticket dispenser, but it doesn't deal with bicycles, and with having two tight connections we wouldn't want to take a chance on not being able to get our bikes onto our second two trains.
The first thing we did this morning was head over to the ticket office for the castles. We managed to get tickets for the last tours of the day, which was advised by the interweb (the tour busses are mostly cleared out by then). We then went back to the Campingplatz and prepared to move our tents, had lunch, waited out the departing campers, and moved to a much better spot on the Zeltplatz.

Then, we headed back to Schwangau, where the attractions are. We visited the museum first and learned about the Bavarian kings, then we walked up the one hill for our tour of Hohenschwangau castle and then down that hill and up the second hill to see Neuschwanstein castle, which is the one that the Disney castle is based on. We had just enough time before the Neuschwanstein tour to hoof it on up to the Marienbrucke suspension bridge, which is a primo location from which to see the Newschwanstein castle. I was concerned that I'd make us late for our tour (I was the one who wanted to go to the suspension bridge), so I hoofed it up that hill super fast. To Neuschwanstein was about a 120m climb (over 1.4km) and then to Marienbrucke was another 30-ish. We made it on time to take a couple of pictures and then hoof it back on over to the castle.

You're not allowed to take pictures inside the castles, but Neuschwanstein was really great. It was really unique and beautiful with an amazing bedchamber, throne room, and a fake grotto right within the castle. I would totally live in this castle - it was fantastic.