Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

Today, Gina, myself, and a friend of hers were going to head to Neuschwanstein Castle. Unfortunately, her friend canceld on us, so it was just Gina and I. We arrived to the train station with time to spare, so we grabbed breakfast and then found seats on the train. The train ride was about two hours and when we got there, everyone scrambled to get on the buses to the castle. We squeezed on one and then found ourselves cueing for about an hour or more to get tickets for the guided tour. We chose the German one because we were unsure about train times back to Munich. We also had about a 3-4 hour wait for the tour, so we decided to walk around the lake nearby. When that was finished, we hiked straight up the hill towards the castle to take a picture of it from a bridge.

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This was also a long cue. Finally we went into the castle at our arranged time. The tour was pretty short and we learned about this king who really had no power, but wanted to be powerful like the medieval days. Gina would describe it as a “fake” castle because it’s only 130 years old. But the popularity of the castle is because of it is what inspired the Disney Castle. If you are prepared for a long day of cueing and people, and really want to see this castle… go for it. Otherwise, stay away!! Can’t say there isn’t a beautiful view though 😉

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On the way back to Munich, we ended up sitting across from an Aussie couple. This made the time fly by pretty quick because of some awesome conversation!

Overall, the day was a crazy tourist trap and Gina was especially annoyed. I don’t blame her for that and feel bad that I brought her to this stress hell on her holiday weekend. When we got back to her place, we ordered Indian and that is the end to my time in Germany. In the morning I will take a flight to Kiev, Ukraine, where everyone thinks I am going into a war zone and/ or will get blown out of the sky by the Russians.

 

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