Schloss Neuschwanstein-Most Romantic Castle

Posted by Fico , Wednesday, June 8, 2011 6:27 PM

Nothing you love is lost. Not really. Things, people - they always go away, sooner or later. You can't hold them, any more than you can hold moonlight. But if they've touched you, if they're inside you, then
they're still yours. The only things you ever really have are the ones you hold inside your heart.
---Unknown



Note: this is not so budget idea of traveling in Germany, but its worth the trip if you see the castle your self.



Still riding our rent car in beuaty of Bavaria land.... riding through the "Romantic Road". Mr T and i hopelessly romantic people errhh me actually hahahaha... but he took me to this most inspiring places for love, not only love for a person but also to art and other thing (i called this "passion")

As usual Mr T never told me whats the schedule for today, so we ride on our cherry red car (rent car) and drive along the autobahn for several hours. The scenery is breathtaking...  we stop over on a lake with amazing view of the Alps.. its just reminds me of the "Highlander" tv series.. ehehe...


**Click on pictures if you want to see it bigger**



Lake Alpsee near Neuschwanstein castle


The Königswinkel or literally Kings Corner is a large area of natural beauty. It includes the towns of Füssen and Schwangau as well as Pfronten and the resort village on Lake Hopfensee. This is as part of the romantic road that i mention before.... romantic roads is the trader roads its consist of the most breathtaking scenery and most beautiful medieval castles and parks in the world..

To get here by train just take the train (Deutsche Bahn) to Füssen direction, then at Fussen station take the bus RVA/OVG 73 in the direction to Steingaden / Garmisch-Partenkirchen or the bus RVA/OVG 78 in the direction to Schwangau until you reach the stop Hohenschwangau / Alpseestraße. From here you could either goes by foot or use bus with departure point: Schlosshotel Lisl. The bus goes via Bleckenaustraße to the "Jugend" lookout point (Marienbrücke) from where it is about 600 m or a 10-15 minute walk on a steep downhill path to the entrance of the castle (its beautiful!).

On the bottom of the castle we go to the parking and walk for around 1 kms for the ticketing and information on a building "Konigs Schlosser" with grey roof near the Mueller Hotel. You could get the ticket for both castles online too. But the day i went there there are less queue so we could get the ticket pretty easy.

There are literally hundreds people there that i could see... all colors.. ages... languages its amazing! The entrance ticket for this castle is 12 Euro, we pick the English guided tour. You could choose the audio guide too if you like. The guided tour only in two language English or Germany, while the audio guide with more variable languages; Japanese, Frenchm Spanish, Porteguese, Italian, Dutch, Czech, Russian, Polish, Mandarin, Hungarian and Slovenian. We only had less than 1 hour to get up there, so we rushed to get some lunch near the ticketing, i had rice for the very first time since i step foot in Germany!!! heheh thanks to Mr T he order my fave food, but somehow its just different :p


Place to buy ticket and get information

On the ticket printed the TIME TO ENTER THE CASTLE, please notice this, as you will need to be at the castle entrance as the printed time there. Also your group numbers and the ticket only valid for the day on the specific tour only.

So with less time we watch the horse carriage humm its pretty slow... the horse carriage is 6 Euro uphill and 3 Euro down hill, and you have wait in front of Mueller Hotel for the horse carriage.



As for us, first we plan for the horse ride. And I am afraid of horse hahaha... then we decide to walk up. I told Mr T that i am more firt than him, as last time we went holiday in Macau he can't walk too long! we race to the top. The temperature its too cold for me, maybe around 14-15 degrees, so i like running or walking fast to make me feel warmer!

Race to the castle its good when its cold!
It only took us about 20 minutes (fast walk-don't try this if you're not that fit!) faster than riding horse! but be aware of horse poop on the street!! the air is fresh but yah... thats the problem sometimes you could inhale those pretty ...smelly of fresh horse poop too.. hehehe...


Its is worth the walk the view above is beautiful i can't help it but stand still there, try to catch every glimpse of it. The smell of fresh air and the grass.. the view of mountains and lakes... also the sound of winds, the sound of cow bells, and some goats.. i feel this is Germany! hehehe somehow very different... skies blue and everything beautiful!


The castle!
I will say i agree that people called King Ludwig II as an insane king. Its is insanity to build such beautiful castle! the view and the castle it self so amazing! This castle was build for King fave artist Richard Wagner. Its not even finished until the day that the King found dead on the lake near the castle--tragic.. but thats how most of the great people end up ...sadly. Its still a mystery though how King Ludwig II die... he just found dead on the lake, whether its a suicide or its a murder.. none know.... so much for a opera lover....


View from the castle!
This castle built meant to blend with the scenery surrounding it. Its just looks like a huge play stage. The backgrounds with mountains, lakes and King Ludwig beloved land the Bavarian land... stood still with grace the wonderful Neuschwanstein Castle.

Tragically, this castle was built be a private refuge, “sacred and out of reach” (“heilig und unnahbar”), but these days host to thousands of tourists each day. Another irony: although it was built largely as a stage for Wagnerian productions (“a worthy temple for the divine friend [Robert Wagner]”), the composer never set foot in Neuschwanstein. Nor was the castle’s throne room ever completed in time to contain a throne it self.


Some more pictures of the castles


This castle project named by Ludwig with “Neue Burg Hohenschwangau” or “New Castle Hohenschwangau” because it was build on a castle ruins. Only later, when the castle was opened to the public on August 1, 1886, just weeks after Ludwig’s death, did the edifice come to be known as “Neuschwanstein” (“new swan stone”). I think its related to most of the castle detail with swans his fave animals (door handle, pictures, water tap, etc) but swans also a heraldic animal of the Counts of Schwangau, whose successor the king considered himself to be. It is also the Christian symbol of the "purity" for which Ludwig strived.

More Neuschwanstein castle pictures

Just too bad that we can not take pictures inside the castle! the tour took 36 minutes and i felt like in a movie already! its just like storybook... everything..it was built 1868 but everything still in good condition. My fave room would be the king chambers ofcourse. Its fascinate me because he had his own reading corner. Also everything with swan :) and ohhh had to see the King toilet.. very first modern toilet with flush.. hahah if you consider this is important the castle also had forced air central heating system (i think this is a very good fact).

Another important fact? the King had electric bells to call his servant! oh beside the toilet all the tap had cold and hot water system... isnt this fit for the insanity those days? nope.. i think thats why people call him crazy.. because they see thats as crazy stuff (like when we heard about the newest iphone product or new car model wesay "hey thats insane dude!!")

The kitchen also amazingly modern for a building that built in 1800. Everything is modern! well you wont find any electric stuff yet here.. but its just like a normal kitchen these days! well the castle construction it self last until 23 years even after the king death!

Oh another sad part.. king only spent 11 days here in the castle! after all of the hard works!


View from the castle, one of my fave is the Marianbrucke (bridge)


After finishing touring inside we walk to the Marienbrucke. A stunning bridge where you could see the castle from distance. It was amazing! i think this is also the best spot for taking Neuschwanstein castle pictures.


View from Marienbrucke-good for bungee jump!

I said to Mr T can we do bungee from here? he said "no, you're crazy" heheheh i know that....



Pictures of Neuschwanstein from Marienbrucke
The bridge also had lots of lock with names.. just the same with Paris.... and some are soooo romantic!!

*sigh* see... this is why i said its just romantic!!

From the bridge we want to use the bus to go down... but then some large group of India tourist "hack" the bus, disrespecting the long queue of people who already wait there over 20 mins made Mr T upset, and i said... nope.. thats not Indonesian (mingkem dot com) heheheh

Its not a nice thing to do... i hate it when someone do that to a long queue. The temperature down again until i could see fogs when i breate.. so i can not stand still any longer, i told Mr T better if we walk.. so we did!


India tourist "hacking" Neuschwanstein tourist bus..doohh Calcutta style i guess

We walk down the hill and he took unusual path, that i swear if we ever got lost i'm going to bite him!! grrrhh! but then we arrive near the parking but don't try the alternative roads its very slippery!

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My fave Schloss Neuschwanstein picture

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