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When I woke up, and looked out the window, I saw the Alps. Just amazing to see, on what looked like a nicer day.
After packing up and eating breakfast, I left my backpack in the hostel. Then went to the bus stop, where a bus would take me to the stop to get off. Then I had to walk uphill to the ticket office. I waited in line, which was moving slow. I thought it was a bit busy, but I can't imagine what summer would have been like. I was able to get 2 tickets for the 2 castles, each with a tour time, 2 hours apart. So enough time to linger and not have to hurry.
A little interesting thing about using a public WC. When having to pay for one and going through the turnstile, one side was going in, and the other side was going out. But I and other tourists thought one side was for men and the other side for women.
I would go to the 1st castle, Hohenschwangau Castle. And with all the slush on the ground, it was not easy getting there, but this one was not far at all. I got there really early, and just lingered around the castle, until my time came. More about visiting the castle in the review here.
Hohenschwangau Castle was built in the 12th century, and later fell into disrepair. It would be restored in the 1800's, into a fairy tale castle that we see today. This was where King Ludwig lived during his childhood. Ludwig was the ruler of Bavaria in the 1800's, and wanted a castle of his own, which I would visit later on.
Next was the 2nd castle, Neuschwanstein Castle. And getting there was a challenge, going uphill and on snow, with some parts probably mixed with manure, with horses passing by. Needless to say, it would take a while. I did make a few stops along the way, then had to hurry to make it to the tour on time. Running up on a snowy hill, is not fun at all. But I made it, and received an audioguide, going through this one like the other one. More about visiting this castle in the review here.
Neuschwanstein Castle was built during Ludwig's time, who wanted a fairy tale castle of his own. He was obsessed with the Middle Ages, and wanted to live like a king did during that time.
And it was the inspiration for Cinderella's Castle (or is it Sleeping Beauty?) in the Disney theme parks, as it was actually visited by Walt Disney himself. So now, I have seen the real thing.
After the tour, I took a break in the cafe, and getting a view of the surroundings from the windows. Then exiting the castle, I looked around the exterior. Then went to a platform, where I would get a much better view of Neuschwanstein Castle, and see the Alps and Mary's Bridge, which was closed. I was hoping to cross that one. Then I headed downhill, which was easier than going up hill. So I got down there, and then took the bus back to town.