Today is the day that I have been looking forward to the most on this trip. Today we got to visit Neuschwanstein Castle. The castle was built by the Bavarian king, King Ludwig the II. The castle itself is right at the foot of the Alps on the German Austrian border. It was built in the 19th century, however it was never finished because of the king’s mysterious death. In the US the it is most famous for being the castle that Walt Disney based Cinderella’s Castle off of.
We drove for about 2 hours to get to the castle. Driving in, the castle was just about the only thing that was visible in the area. The town surrounding it was set up much lower on the mountain and remained almost invisible until you arrived in it. We had to walk for about half an hour from our parking lot to reach the castle. The view from the castle was beautiful. The backside of the castle was surrounded by still snow covered Alps, while the front of it faced a nearly empty valley filled with lakes and just a few scattered houses. We waited outside of the castle for a while just enjoying the view before we were allowed in for our tour. The tour itself was very short and seemed rushed. This was probably because the interior of the castle was only partially finished and it was a huge tourist attraction for Bavaria. I was the most impressed with the throne room and how massive and elaborate it was. I was also interested to see King Ludwig II’s cave that he had in the castle. You could tell when touring his castle that there was something a little off about him. After the tour, we went to a bridge behind it where we could get a better view of the outside of the castle.
We then left the castle and headed to a small town a couple minutes away to get lunch and hang out for a while. The lunch there was delicious. We then had some time to walk around and explore the area. I walked around for a while before getting some ice cream and sitting in the town square to listen to the live music being played by one of the locals before we left. On the way home we stopped briefly in a small town that had a famous donut shop. Sadly the donut shop was closed. Instead of eating donuts we looked around the church that was there. We then headed back to Augsburg for the night. Tomorrow we have our final presentations.