I was fortunate enough to experience a road trip through the picturesque side of Germany. After visiting Heidelberg in August 2015(read my last post) we set off for Bavaria. We had plans to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle in the region. On our way there we realised it has way more to offer than we imagined.
Bavaria is a state in south eastern Germany and it borders Austria. It consists of some of the most scenic medieval towns. We drove through blissful natural landscapes like this..
..and entered a small village called Oberammergau. There might be other villages similar to this in Bavaria – this one caught our attention. We found some amazing visuals.
Just look how beautiful these houses look with all that art on them. I think its quite unique to this region where people are very proud of their culture, food, drink – proud of Bavaria! Sometimes while travelling you come across these gems which completely take you by surprise – If time permitted we would have loved to spend more time here. Maybe we will come back to Germany to experience more of this. We had some lunch at Oberammergau and prepared to push off to Schloss Neuschwanstein!
Situated on a hill on top of the Hohenschwangau village near Fussen valley, the Neuschwanstein castle was intended to be a personal retreat for the then reclusive king, Ludwig 2. This gorgeous architecture has been shown in several movies and is said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty Castle”.
Walking up the mini hiking trail to the castle we came across some tourists who were on their way down. They asked me “where do you come from”, I answered “India” and they had a good laugh as they meant “which way did we hike up from”. They can laugh all they want but I reserve my opinion that they framed the question wrong. Nevertheless – it made our fun day funnier! What a comic thing to happen while visiting the inspiration to Walt Disney! Ironic?
This gigantic castle is best viewed from a small bridge nearby but we could not access it as it was under maintenance. When we finally got up there, not only were we impressed by this beauty but we also got some outstanding views!
The king took special interest in the design of the castle and that is very evident as it oozes style and elegance. Unfortunately though the castle was not fully complete when he died. He is believed to have slept only a few nights in the castle but on the positive side today we experience this classy architecture only due to his initiative. Thank you King!