Day Nine - Pt. 1: Schloss Hohenschwangau & Neuschwanstein
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We set our alarm for 7:25am as our goal was to have showers and eat and be on the road by 8:30. But the shower was a bit of an ordeal for me. You’d think that after 37 years, I’d have that part of my daily routine down. But it’s usually the most unexpected things that can throw a wrench into your plans.
I got to the shower house, and was happy to see that there were three shower booths open. I went into one, pleasantly surprised it was dry, and proceeded to lay things out. Soap and shampoo in the shower, clothes on the rack, etc. I got undressed, stepped into the shower, picked up my coin and went to place it into the timer, only to discover I’d walked into a booth that was for tokens.
Not too much longer and Derik was finished, so I proceeded to repeat steps A-E in a now wet shower and 6 minutes later I was mostly clean save for a few soap bubbles that blasted timer forced me to live with.
I got back to Arvie in time to eat breakfast. Derik had prepared a wonderful bowl of cereal complete with dried raspberries and strawberries.
The drive looked appreciably different this morning from last night. Despite the overcast conditions the multi-colored trees were still stunning in their autumn attire.
Only 18 km later we arrived at Hohenschwangau, the little town that tourism built.
Tickets for both castles were the order of the day, and I HIGHLY recommend getting their early. We were not as early as we'd hoped, but they had only been open maybe a half hour or so. We were able to basically walk right up to a counter. But as I'd heard, when we were through with our tours and came back past the ticket booth, the line was outside of the building.
After purchasing our tickets we began our sightseeing and photo taking. When you’re visiting both castles, you start with King Ludwig’s childhood home first, Schloss Hohenschwangau. It sticks out like a sore thumb, just slightly higher than the main city. A large white swan sits at its peak, keeping watch over its amber-colored, fortress-like walls. Views of one sort or another are available from the city, but after a short climb up some stairs near the ticket center, you’re actually at the castle where it’s much more difficult to get decent pictures being so close. However it does afford you some great views of the surrounding mountains, valley, and neighboring villages.
Our tour number came up after a short wait and we began our tour of Hohenschwangau.
Neuschwanstein sits higher up an adjacent hillside than Hohenschwangau and after our first tour was completed, we began the ascent. The walk between the two took us about 40 minutes.
Not long after I returned to the castle and Derik and I entered the courtyard, our tour number came up. So we followed the rest of the sheep into the castle to begin our second tour of the day. Our guide, who was all of 17, was attempting to speak to us in English, but I think most who were there would argue it was a mix of several unintelligible alien dialects.
On our way down the hill, Derik graciously stopped and purchased 2 pretzels. I’m not sure if they were better than the 3 balls of fried dough he purchased on the way up - both were ok. But at the time we got the pretzels it had been several hours since we’d eaten anything real. Well, actually it’s been days since we’ve eaten anything real, but I digress.