Week 5, part 7

Obbie looks back from the edge of the cliff overlooking Neuschwanstein Castle.

A view of the castle from the cliffs above.

Looking in another direction, we could see the Bavarian Alps, Lake Alpsee, and Hohenschwangau Castle.

A closer view of Hohenschwangau Castle.

Our day trip Saturday was to Neuschwanstein Castle, probably the most photogenic castle in the world. We had to take a one-hour train ride to Fussen where a bus would take us the remaining couple of miles to the base of the mountain containing the castle. Not wanting to use a day from our rail pass on such a short trip, we decided to buy round-trip second-class tickets. At the ticket window we learned of one of the best travel bargains we'd ever found. On weekends, DM40 (<$20) gets a one-day pass that up to 5 people can share to go anywhere in Germany. So a small family or a group of friends can take an outing anywhere in the country for less than 20 bucks. Who would ever want to drive anywhere with a deal like that?

On this outing we made up for all of the days that we didn't hike. The trail leading to the castle was steep and high (though not as steep as the pictures make it look). Beyond the castle, another trail leads to a high footbridge that puts you on another mountain. If you go high enough on this mountain, you can look down on the castle from above. In one direction you can gaze out over miles of level Bavarian farmland, and in the other direction you see glacial lakes nestled between the Alps that rise abruptly from the plains. The fall colors were brilliant and everything was bathed in sunshine. As we thought about what this place must be like during the heat and crowds of summer, we realized that we could not have picked a more perfect day to come to this magical place.

Our plan for Sunday was to get from Buchloe to the resort town of Prien am Chiemsee, which we are told is a beautiful place on a big lake in the Bavarian Alps. Unfortunately, we never got to see it. We had to go through Munich, where we thought we'd spend maybe an hour getting on the Internet to send communication home, take a quick look around town, then get back on the train to move on. HAH! The computer gods had other plans.

If you don't want to - as RoZ puts it - slog through all the techie stuff, then skip the main text of the next few pages and just check out the pictures of Munich.

RoZ pauses by a trail map of the area carved from a single slab of wood.

To get from Neuschwanstein Castle to the mountain overlooking it required crossing this bridge, Marienbrucke.

A view of Neuschwanstein Castle from Marienbrucke.

A close-up view showing some of the detail in one of the towers of Neuschwanstein Castle.

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