Castle Neuschwanstein in Hohenschwangau

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The dream castle Neuschwanstein
Today was the last day my mum would be on my turf. So I decided instead of sitting around at home or spending even more money on clothes neither of us needed, I would take her sight seeing. Well, I was a little naughty, since I was the one that wanted to see Castle Neuschwanstein for ages, and I just kinda dragged her along so I wouldn't have to go by myself.

We took the A 8 and then the A 7 toward Fuessen. The drive was easy. Not much traffic, so I had to constantly remind myself not to drive like a complete maniac with my mum next to me.  Regardless, we made it to Hohenschwangau in less then 2 hours.
Frontal view of the castle and its little towers
(Google had estimated 2 1/2)

I didn't bother finding the closest parking lot to the castle once I got into town. It seems the whole town is parking lots, hotels and restaurants. Oh no!  A typical tourist trap! haha  Well, it's true, but I had kind of expected it to be like this. After all this is THE site of THE castle used by no other than Walt Disney himself for copying. You'll notice that it looks familiar, especially if you've ever been to Magic Kingdom. Yup, Cinderella's castle. The idea for it borrowed from THIS very Bavarian castle, Castle Neuschwanstein.

Mum and I now parked, switched into more proper footwear. We wanted to hike up and safe a few bucks. You can however take the horse carriage or the bus to the top and then enjoy a tour of the castle.
Front gate / waiting area for booked tours
Both are being charged seperately. Entrance to one of the two castles, the other being Hohenschwangau, is 9 Euro, 17 Euro for both.  Can't tell you how much the transportation would have been, only that there were lines....

Mum and I discussed it, but decided on not taking the tour either. It was 2 pm when we arrived, the next tour of Neuschwanstein would have been at 5:10pm. This was a weekday and still, very busy. Wow.

We started hiking up the Neuschwansteinstrasse, the same way the horse carriages take. That's when my mum, due to a condition, had some troubles breathing. The hike wasn't hard but almost too steap for her. She was a great sport though and kept going. We rested - a lot - and still made it up to the castle in 45 minutes. One with better training and in good shape could probably make it in 30.
Inside the castle walls

Here we took in the view and enjoyed the breeze. There were so many people waiting on their tour to begin that I was glad that we had decided against it. My mum still visibly exhausted found a quiet spot to sit down and catch her breath while I explored as far as I was able to, not being a paying visitor. I snapped a few pictures inside the castle walls. I spotted a bridge spanning across the valley from one rock to another and decided to hike to it and snap some more pictures of the castle. It's almost impossible to get the whole castle in a picture unless you're in a darn helicopter or Superman or something. lol

My mum still dizzy and short of breath didn't mind waiting for me.  She knew I wanted to satisfy my snap happiness and sent me on my way. 
Signs to the "Marienbruecke", the bridge I had spotted, said it was a 15 minute hike, so I got going.
The only part of the castle that has some color to it
I raced past all the other tourists that were still all rested because they had taken the "lazy" way up. I, on the other hand, was read-faced and breathing hard already. Whatever, what doesn't kill, ..... ah, you know.

I was almost instantly rewarded when I reached a clearing along the path. The view was amazing! Due to the clear weather I was able to see large part of the surrounding alps, the Hohenschwangau castle and the Alpsee, a large lake in the back drop. Just beautiful.  *Click, click, click*
...and on I went. The trail made another turn and I couldn't help noticing the old ladies hiking up toward the bus stop and thought that they must have lungs of steel. Wow!

I left the bus stop area behind me and followed the now smaller trail toward the bridge.
Some information. In German and English this time
Only 10 minutes had passed since I had left my mum behind in the shade somewhere.  The bridge was packed with people so I decided to wait a view minutes. I took the time to read the sign that was posted here and found out that the bridge used to made of only rope and wood. Scary! Now it is a solid iron, or some other metal, structure. Except the beams you walk on. Those are still wood, and they are moving or giving way a little when you step on them. Not something for someone that might faint at large heights or things moving under their feet. Luckily that's not me, although it was a bit disturbing the first few steps.

I spotted a clearing on the bridge and walked cautiously to it. I took in the view of the castle Neuschwanstein on the one side and a  large waterfall that was dashing down the rocks on the other side, only much further down than the castle.
This is as far as I could go without a ticket
The view from here would have been perfect but unfortunatly the castle is being remodeled or cleaned. It was half covered in scaffolding. Too bad. It was still worth the trip though. When I examined the valley below me I noticed a hiking trail that went along the river that was flowing away from the waterfall. I figured my mum would enjoy that road much more then the way that had caused her much pain on the way up.  Before leaving I asked a nice American tourist to snap a picture of me and the castle.

I rushed down the mountain the same way I came to meet back up with my mum. She had used her time to find me some magnets. God bless her. :) She bought me two. One of Neuschwanstein and one of Hohenschwangau. I filled her in on the trail I had spoted and, oh joy, we had been standing right by the beginning of it during our conversation about the prices at tourist traps.
The Marienbruecke/ Marienbridge
lol She had bought a bottle of water for 2.20 Euro, which is/was outrageous of course.  After making sure that she didn't have any knee insuries that I didn't know about, we made our way down the Poellatschlucht. There were many, many steap stairs leading down into the valley, not always accompanied by a handrail.
This didn't bother my mum one bit. She took sure steps and got some color in her face. Not from exhaustion this time.

We reached the spot that I had seen from the top, right where the waterfall came crashing down. Another hiker took a horrible picture of mum and I all red faced, which will never be posted here. lol   A few more stairs down the valley there was a large clearing where the river slowed a little and people were enjoying the chilly water and the few sun rays that came down from above.
View from along the hiking trail. Castle Hohenschwangau
Mum decided to get her money's worth and refilled the overpriced water bottle with the fresh spring water coming from somewhere deep within the Bavarian Alps. I decided I should try it first before I unleashed the potential health threat on my already "weak" mum. haha  It was better then the junk we had paid money for, although I'm still not sure if we were suppose to drink this water. We're still standing so, there you go!

The rest of the hike through the valley was a bit adventures. The trail had to be continued on metal walkways, that were fastened to the side of a huge bolder. Now so deep in the valley that there was no other way. At the end of the trail once we got back onto the real trail was a large warning sign. Proceed at your own risk! Woo hoo!  That would have been good to know ahead of time.
Back view of the castle
lol   Honestly though, I don't think it's dangerous unless there's idiots up top leaving trails and kicking down rocks. I didn't feel like my life was at risk once.

We got back into the little town right out of one of the many parking lots. I swore myself to remember to take this trail again. The one with the horse carriages, smells and is way too busy. So unless that's your thing, take the Poellatschluchtweg which starts somewhere behind parking lot 3!! :)

Mum and I stopped at a restaurant with a nice view of Neuschwanstein and filled our empty stomachs with some real Bavarian food. I had Leberkaese and Kartoffelsalat (Liverloaf and potato salad) and mum had the Schweinebraten mit Knoedel und Sauerkraut (Pork roast with dumpling and Sauerkraut).  So delicious!

On our way back to home town we decided not to go back on the highways.
Marienbridge info
Instead we took the local roads and enjoyed some more of the beautiful Bavarian country side.

missandrea81 says:
Well, I know how it is. lol I had the same thing happen to me in Puerto Rico. Glad I could help.
Posted on: Sep 15, 2009
missandrea81 says:
Posted on: Aug 16, 2009
bkretzer says:
Accident. That's an unusual middle name you have! LOL
Posted on: Aug 14, 2009
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The dream castle Neuschwanstein
The dream castle Neuschwanstein
Frontal view of the castle and its…
Frontal view of the castle and it…
Front gate / waiting area for book…
Front gate / waiting area for boo…
Inside the castle walls
Inside the castle walls
The only part of the castle that h…
The only part of the castle that …
Some information. In German and En…
Some information. In German and E…
This is as far as I could go witho…
This is as far as I could go with…
The Marienbruecke/ Marienbridge
The Marienbruecke/ Marienbridge
View from along the hiking trail. …
View from along the hiking trail.…
Back view of the castle
Back view of the castle
Marienbridge info
Marienbridge info
A waterfall!
A waterfall!
View from the bridge. I spot a tra…
View from the bridge. I spot a tr…
Castle Neuschwanstein. Unfortunate…
Castle Neuschwanstein. Unfortunat…
Me and the castle
Me and the castle
The waterfalls I saw from way up h…
The waterfalls I saw from way up …
My mum enjoying some real spring w…
My mum enjoying some real spring …
more waterfalls
more waterfalls
The safe (?) trail we took
The safe (?) trail we took
Oh look! A water slide. yeah, yeah…
Oh look! A water slide. yeah, yea…
The trail, yeah, the iron thing at…
The trail, yeah, the iron thing a…
More trail and the water slide aga…
More trail and the water slide ag…
Late warning... That would have be…
Late warning... That would have b…
It took us 35 minutes to make it d…
It took us 35 minutes to make it …
The forest is claiming back its sp…
The forest is claiming back its s…
Tree resting on a rock, hehe
Tree resting on a rock, hehe
I spy... a castle
I spy... a castle
One last look upon the castle
One last look upon the castle
Info for the Royal Castle Hohensch…
Info for the Royal Castle Hohensc…
Castle Hohenschwangau
Castle Hohenschwangau
and the other one too
and the other one too
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