Day trip to the castles
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I took an early train from Munich to Fussen so I could get in line early to buy tickets to the castles. Apparently January is not the busy tourist season, as there were hardly any people there. I went up to the counter and asked for a combo ticket auf Deutsch. Apparently I didn't sound German because the ticket seller asked me, "Welche Sprache?" to which I stared blankly at him. He repeated, "which language?" oh! English! I guess my German needs some work. I can't understand their accent and they can't understand mine!
I started at Hohenschwangau - King Ludwig's childhood home.
Next was the hike up the hill to the big castle. My parents highly recommended the carriage ride up, but I decided I was in good enough shape to walk it (and too cheap to pay for a ride!). I really wanted to hike up the trail to Marienbrucke - I heard you get a really nice view of the castle from there. Unfortunately, the trail was closed because of snow, although I did see footprints of rebellious hikers.
When I got up to the waiting area at Neuschwanstein, I joined about a hundred other people waiting. There were tourists everywhere and I could hear many different languages being spoken. As I was by myself and I'm not very outgoing, it was a long and lonely wait. But I enjoyed myself by people watching. I heard an American couple talking, so I asked them if they would take my photo and I'd return the favor. They weren't very interested in socializing (they were on their honeymoon).
After a long wait, I finally joined the English tour. I actually wasn't very impressed with the tour. Sure the rooms were big and fancy, but something was missing. You couldn't take photos in either of the castles and I didn't buy any postcards, so I can't even remember what any of the rooms looked like. Except one big long room with reddish carpets. That might have been the ballroom or something. I was too far away from the guide to hear much of the spiel.
After the tour and gift shop, I walked outside and looked up behind me. I think that was my favorite view of Neuschwanstein right there. I went down to catch the bus back to catch the train. Either I missed my train or it was late because the train I was supposed to take wasn't there.