Schloss Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau and Mittenwald

After leaving Munich, we drove towards the Austrian border with the intention of finally laying eyes on the fantastically beautiful castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Did you know that Neuschwanstein is the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s movie Sleeping Beauty? And it more than lives up to its name. Even as you are driving towards this stunning example of royal largesse, you cannot help but have your breath taken away by its architecture and the way it seems to just leap right out at you from the side of the Alps. The interiors were largely inspired by Richard Wagner, King Ludwig II’s muse. Unfortunately I cannot show you any pictures of the interior but honestly what pictures will do such a magnificant structure justice.

Even the “little brother” castle right near by, Schloss Hohenschwangau has a certain gorgeous charm about it that you just can’t find in just any old place. I liked the entire experience very much, even the climb to get to Neuschwanstein seemed in retrospect not so bad after all!

After our trip down to these castles, we proceeded to Mittenwald, a quaint little town on the foot of the Alps. With all the amenities of modernity, this little town with crystal clear waters and such beauty that would’ve transcended description if it wasn’t just raining the whole time I was there. Hence the raincoats. And I do love so the violin maker with his BLUE violin and the luxuriant mustache. And I did feel a slight pang as I left, as this was the only hotel which really did have a homey atmosphere.


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