An April 1996 trip
to Bavaria by MilwVon
Quote: My sister and I decided it was time to take the plunge and travel to Germany. We stayed in the Bavarian Alps in Oberstaufen, Germany and did a lot of the resort planned tour company packages. The trip exceeded our expectations!!
The walk from the lower parking lot to the top where Neuschwanstain is perched is quite the steep hike (approximately 15 minutes). There are horse-drawn carriages to the top if you feel you are unable to make the walk.
Hohenschwangau is where Ludwig spent his childhood is very medieval in decor. The composer Richard Wagner is honored by the music room filled with collector's pieces and memorabilia.
Both castles are filled with furnishings that are truly beyond description. When you tour, close your eyes and imagine being there in the 19th century with others of wealth and power. It is all around you and a very overwhelming experience.
Unfortunately, when you are inside these royal castles, you are not permitted to take photographs so all I really have to share are those from the village approaching.
Here is a link to a tour site page with more information (and include some interior photos). From this page on Hohenschwangau, you can click on the Neuschwanstein button to see that page.
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Ludwig of Bavaria's Castles
High atop the forest
The tour also made a couple of shopping stops in the villages. We enjoyed looking at the children's toys and chocolate/candies. What they say about Swiss chocolate is true . . . there is no better chocolate in the world!!
We were there in early spring (April) when the farmers were just getting ready to release their cows to pasture. The farm communities and barns all smelled of cow dung from months of being cooped up inside.