Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Neuschwanstein Castle

Wanting to see the Alps up close, we took a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavarian Alps. I guess technically it was a palace and not a castle because it didn't have much fortification. This place is said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney's Snow White Castle in Disneyland.
We took the train to Füssen and a bus to the castle area.
The Marienbrück (bridge) over the waterfall gorge was a great vantage point to photograph the castle. The boards on it were springy and there were loads of people wanting to take photos. I got off of there as soon as I got the shots I wanted.


We went to another vantage point where you could see five lakes below the castle.


Then to the castle tour. This was a prime example of German efficiency. You have only three minutes to go through the gate when your ticket group's number is called. Otherwise, your ticket expires. The visit to each room is timed down to the second. As you enter one room, the group ahead of you is exiting. No photos inside are allowed...except directed outside through the windows. Each room was themed on one of Richard Wagener's operas, except the throne room which has a Christian theme. Ludwig died before the throne was built so there was none but the grand flushable toilet with it's leather seat was fit for a king.
After the quick tour of the castle and two gift shops on the way out, we returned to our bus by way of the waterfalls in the gorge (beautiful).


Once we arrived back in Munich, we returned to Oktoberfest. On the advice of our tour guide, we checked out the traditional fairground and beer tent. This one felt more family oriented and was likely much as Oktoberfest was like in earlier times.


Doug shot a cross bow dart gun in a little shooting range and rode a goofy bike (which didn't have the axles in the middle of the wheels) in the Velodrome. Check out the video of it at http://www.flickr.com/photos/theorangekid/6167913061/

Tomorrow, Roma!

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