Neuschwanstein Castle-Slippery and steep hill, Germany
This is one of the many short trips that I ever did. As I mentioned from my previous journal that my work sometime involved in Frankfurt and when the training or work takes about 2 weeks, the weekend in between I will be free. On 23 March 2002, I chose to go to Ausburg to see the Neuschwanstein Castle. I was bored earlier in the week and most of my other colleague already made their plan. For some of them that live one or two hour flight away, they go home to meet the people they love. I live in South East Asia and a very long trip to go home. Therefore, I went to a travel agency in my training centre to get a ticket and book myself a hotel in Munich for the night I will be arriving. Hotel around the castle in Ausburg are very expensive. I’ve been advised my the lady at the travel agency and follow her advise.
My flight routing is from Frankfurt to Munich and coming back by a small airport near Ausburg.
Neuschwanstein Castle-Castle behind me, Germany
Since young, I am fascinated with stories and wondering if one day I can go to the place of what I read in the book. Wanting to see Neuschwanstein Castle started when a friend was telling me that the castle from Walt Disney actually exist and is was at Germany, I was about 9yrs then. Therefore, when I worked in Germany, this is my opportunity to see it. I arrived Munich in the evening, took a train to a city centre and go to my hotel. Since I am not familiar with Munich, I just went down to the supermarket downstairs, get some food and drinks, and get back to my room and watching TV.
I fall asleep while doing that.
Neuschwanstein Castle-Castle behind me, Germany
The next morning, I got up around 7am, went to the central train station, and went to Ausburg. It was a fine journey but in March in Germany, it is still so cold. I remembered my fingers get numb easily and my stomach get hungry so easily too. I reached at Ausburg and I went to the travel agency there and got a ticket for a bus ride to the castle. Along the way, I can see only snows and very foggy site. I believe if it was summer, the hills and the scenery will be much better. I arrived at the foot of the castle before noon. Not many people on the bus that go to this trip. We were informed by the bus driver to get back to the bus by 4pm. It stuck to my head to be punctual later because in Germany, if they say 4pm means 4pm, if not they will leave without you.
I climb up with my sport shoes it was very slippery. The hill is a bit steep. I do it slowly and just taking my own sweet time. My mission is to get to the top and to see the castle from near.
Neuschwanstein Castle-Snowing every where, Germany
Finally, I arrived near the castle and I looked around the view and an iced river beside it. Neuschwanstein to translate into English is New Swan Stone Castle or some says castle of the Swan Knight. The castle was build by Ludwig II and he is the king of Bavaria. Suddenly it looks so real to me, from the vision of the Walt Disney castle to the real thing;-). To cut a story short, Ludwig II was declared insane by the state Commission. His later found dead in shallow water in Lake Starnberg, drowned, along with von Gudden, the psychiatrist who certified him.
The reasons his dead remains unexplained until today. I did not go inside the castle because I did not buy the ticket in advance and I found out from some people, many of the rooms and area are closed to public. Therefore, I do not see the point to go inside the castle.
Souvenir a bavarian bear, Germany
Since I am alone, I just mind my own business, walking slowly, observing the surrounding and helping the Japanese tourist-taking photo for them. There are so many at that time;-p. When I had enough, I walk slowly down of the hill. I reached the bus earlier then 4pm and they brought us to Ausburg train station. From there I took a taxi to the Ausburg airport. It was a small airport and then I found out, my plane is a 12 sitter. I had a bad experience before in Indonesia when I took a Fokker but this plane ride really change my mind about small plane.
I arrived in Frankfurt safely. I have my dinner first and then to my training centre in Seeheim, south of Frankfurt city. I did not get the chance to take many photographs, as I was alone and my hand and fingers are so numb, so what ever you see here is what you get to see. I have no regret because I do want to see the castle again if I was given a chance. Lately I found out from a local newspaper that Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the finalists of the New Seven Wonders of the World 2007. I am satisfied and happy I made the decision to come to see the Neuschwanstein Castle, J
View from my hotel in Munich, Germany