We set off just before 10am to the nearby town of Hohenschwangau. On the way, we stopped by at Hopfen am See to take in the lovely scenery of its partially frozen lake and pretty snow-capped buildings. Once at Neuschwanstein Castle's ticket office in Hohenschwangau, we then strolled leisurely one mile uphill with the hundreds of other tourists until we reached King Ludwig's masterpiece. The views were spectacular!
Shy Ludwig II built Neuschwanstein on the hill just opposite his childhood home. Construction commenced in 1868 and it was his monument to the culture of the Middle Ages. Unfortunately, Ludwig died in 1886 at the age of forty, under somewhat mysterious circumstances. Neuschwanstein was never fully completed and he managed to live there for only a short time before his untimely death. However, inside, it is probably the most beautiful castle I have ever seen - and we have seen a LOT of castles! Neuschwanstein's beautiful paintings, wood panelling, brass chandeliers, silk embroidered drapes and fairytale views left me speechless.....who would have thought?!
|View from our apartment, early morn|
|Snow in Hopferau!|
|Hopfen am See - surf lesson anyone?|
|Hopfen am See|
|Strolling up to Neuschwanstein Castle|
|Views on the way up to Neuschwanstein Castle|
|Looking back towards Schwangau|
|Tricia, Brett Snr, Brett, Sean and Eloise at Neuschwanstein Castle|
|Lake at the base of the castle, in Hohenschwangau|
|Ludwig II's childhood home in Hohenschwangau|
|A lasting impression of Neuschwanstein Castle|