German Roadtrip, Part 2

The next day we woke up early, keen to get on the road again.

Cosy in our fairy tale chocolate box of a bedroom, Prince Charming wrestled with the coffee machine and brought a cup of the resulting sludge to Sleeping Beauty… or should that be The Beast?

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Either way, it had the desired effect.

We dressed in a hurry, raced out through the breakfast room pocketing a few pastries on the way, and sped off into the Bavarian countryside.

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Tearing through the mists, surrounded by trees and awesome (in every sense of the word) landscapes.

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We arrived at Neuschwanstein in the rain. We joined the hoards of wet, soggy tourists standing in line for tickets.

Despite opening 5 minutes before we arrived, the queue took almost an hour and when we got to the front all but 3 of the tickets for the day had sold out.

The very friendly ticket officer explained that tour groups buy up the tickets and it’s very rare for them to have any left over at all. It’s a silly system and one you should be aware of if you plan to visit.

Try and stay in a hotel close to the castle and ask them to get the tickets for you – so you won’t have to queue or miss out! Once you’ve got your hands on tickets, hot foot it over to the bus stand. Buy a bus ticket to the highest point, it’s well worth it for this view…

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…oh, and this one’s pretty good too!

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If heights aren’t your thing, take a deep breath and do it anyway.

You have to walk along a bridge suspended between the cliffs, high above the roaring icy blue river below.

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It’s enough to make even the toughest of knees tremble!

Once you’ve taken it all in, there’s a short and scenic stroll through the clouds, down to the castle itself.

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From here you can see the childhood home of King Ludwig II.

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Though it does pale in comparison to the one he built as an adult.

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King Ludwig II was a shy retiring sort of man. Obsessed with theatre and most especially the opera.

He loved romantic tales, tragedies, old stories of great kings, and was blessed with the most fabulous (though extravagant tastes).

He built the castle largely as a tribute to one of his heroes, Wagner. In classic fan-girl style, he wrote to Wagner outlining his plans…

“It is my intention to rebuild the old castle ruin of Hohenschwangau near the Pöllat Gorge in the authentic style of the old German knights’ castles, and I must confess to you that I am looking forward very much to living there one day (in 3 years); there will be several cosy, habitable guest rooms with a splendid view of the noble Säuling, the mountains of Tyrol and far across the plain; you know the revered guest I would like to accommodate there; the location is one of the most beautiful to be found, holy and unapproachable, a worthy temple for the divine friend who has brought salvation and true blessing to the world. It will also remind you of “Tannhäuser” (Singers’ Hall with a view of the castle in the background), “Lohengrin'” (castle courtyard, open corridor, path to the chapel); this castle will be in every way more beautiful and habitable than Hohenschwangau further down, which is desecrated every year by the prose of my mother; they will take revenge, the desecrated gods, and come to live with Us on the lofty heights, breathing the air of heaven.”

Never the traditionalist, Ludwig hired a set designer to draw up plans for the castle, and it is truly beautiful.

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Each room more opulent and richly detailed than the last.

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But, as with all sets, the illusion is only skin deep.

Behind the glamour of the royal rooms, the castle is rather modern and very plain. There’s a central heating system, plumbing, bells for calling servants, winches for lifting ready laid tables up into the dining room. The spaces inhabited by staff are sparse and rather dull.

You don’t get to visit any of them, sadly. The tour (you can’t wander around alone, you have to wait for a tour) only touches on the glamorous side of the castle. If you want to see more and if you plan on visiting, there’s a BBC doc you have to watch first. It’ll really bring the place to life and explain it so much better than any tour guide – though ours was lovely and did let us all take a few snaps inside.

We dined (not quite in the style of Kind Ludwig) on goulash and pretzels, in the castle looking out over the forrest below.

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Before making our way down into the valley again.

If we thought the place was busy at breakfast time, it was nothing compared to lunch time. Disney Land has nothing on these crowds.

If you plan on visiting, which you should, go early or not at all.

On your way out, drive by St. Coloman. It’s beautiful and you can buy local veggies beside the road!

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With one final glance at the fairytale castle, we drove on to Fussen.

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Red trench coat

Skinny jeans

Cosy boots – High end // High st

Chanel Boy Bag

Fussen’s a beautiful town, painted in the traditional Bavarian style and filled with marvellous Bavarian things.

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Even the rain couldn’t dampen its beauty.

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If there’s one place you must visit its the old Benedictine monastery. The library is the jewel nestled inside, just waiting to be discovered.

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And then have a Snowball with your afternoon cuppa.

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All Fussened out, we headed off to our next and final stop of the day.

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Chosen purely for it’s location along our route, we spent the night in Memmingen.

Which (as with all Bavarian towns) turned out to be charming!

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Like a mini-multi-coloured Amsterdam.

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Naturally we stopped by the pub for a slice of strudel and custard.

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Before continuing our stroll around the pretty town, delighted to be free of the rain.

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In case you ever make it to Memmingen, stop into Weber am Bach for supper. It’s the oldest and best restaurant in town and the people running it are utterly charming.

After a long day of exploring, we went to bed exhausted. Knowing we’d have to get up very, very early indeed for the last day of our trip.

More on that little adventure tomorrow!

 

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  • Such beautiful and breathtaking views and sceneries! Another definite fabulous travel diary! 🙂

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  • oh your red jacket is so pretty! I really love it. And this place is truly beautiful. https://flyingkittyadventures.com

  • Alisha

    Amazing photos, as always!! Neuschwanstein is on my bucket list, someday I’ll get there. Also, I am totally getting Belle in the Beast’s library vibes from the monastery photo. Just gorgeous!!

  • Jasmin_Ki

    Heya 🙂

    When I saw the first picture of the landscape, I was like, hey…. isn’t this my region? The one with the Highline, right after said picture, made it clear: thats a few minutes from my village. Glad you liked it here 🙂

  • Lucia

    The castle looks like a fairy tale location! I’ve never considered Germany for a road trip, and it looks like I’ve missed out a lot =)
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  • Rach

    This makes me want to go there! Everything there looks so cute and charming!

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  • The work that must have gone into those buildings is incredible! I was never a fan of Germany before but now I want to head back! x

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  • Jill Pritchard

    Rose, can you share the jeans and boots you’re wearing in this post? Love them!

    • Rosie

      The links are in the post, just below the first pic in Fussen! x

  • ahh looks amazing!! can’t wait to see your pics from the roadtrip in the northeast! xx Maren
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  • That castle is gorgeous! I would love to visit Germany one day. It looks like such a beautiful place.

  • What a fairy tale mini-break you had! That view from the top is utterly breathtaking. I couldn’t help but notice, a wedge of pineapple and a slice of watermelon with your strudel and custard?! How traditional!

    Rosie x

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  • Alyssa Brittain

    I’ve been loving these posts from your Germany trip! I’m hoping to take a similar trip next year, although I’m not sure I have time for everything. Do you have any favorite stops from this trip?

  • Joules

    Can’t wait for the next installment! Your experience at Neuschwanstein was much like mine–a bit touristy and underwhelming. I liked the outside the best, and hiking over that skinny bridge!

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  • Stunning views!

  • Little Miss Notting Hill

    That castle looks so so beautiful and thanks for the tip about the BBC doc, will have to give it a watch! Great tip about avoiding the queues too 🙂 Bavaria looks utterly charming and magical x

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  • This place looks so magical 🙂 I want to go back to Germany 🙂

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  • Maria Salomonsen

    I absolutely have to visit Neuschwanstein some time.. The ticket craziness is duly noted. Gorgeous pictures!
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  • I’ve been loving all these pics on your instagram, looks so so beautiful there. Must make the effort to visit one day

    Mel x

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  • Sarah Gouin

    Your travel blogs are so good I make my husband and 12 year old son read them! The photos are stunning and I appreciate all the tips that you share.

  • What a beautiful place! Also, that pretzel and bread brought back some nice memories. I loved the food in Germany!

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  • Such a beautiful & picture-perfect part of the world! I feel like I’ve read somewhere that this particular castle was the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty! It looks amazing inside & out! Plus all of that German food looks so delicious!

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  • More pretzels! Glad to see you’re getting your fill while there 😉

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  • What an absolutely beautiful series of places! I’d much rather be braving the rain there than here! I had no idea that the castle was so ornate inside, I’d only ever seen those famous views down across its turrets. Thanks for the tip about tickets, I shall keep that in mind! xxx
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  • The bavarian villages are too cute for words, absolutely going to visit! Love AP xo

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  • Peppermint Dolly

    Your day was jam packed wasn’t it!?! It all looks fantastic and those views!! Wow!!

    Rebecca
    xx

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  • I’d love to see this fairy tale castle.great photos!

  • What a beautiful view, the tree-top bridge tour looks fab and the town of Memmingen looks so quaint! Definitely a destination added to the list.

    Lauren x
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  • I’ve never wanted to visit Germany this badly. Great pictures. And I’ve seen that library on pinterest never knowing where it was from! So beautiful!

  • Jen

    The landscape around that castle is magnificent! And Memmingen looks so charming. x

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  • Love the coloured houses alongside the canal – utterly charming!

  • GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to go there someday!