Day 10: Neuschwanstein (May 16)

Today we got to sleep in a little bit before we took a bus towards the Austrian border to see Neuschwanstein, a nineteenth-century castle built by Ludwig II of Bavaria.  It was built to be far away and distant from Munich and the responsibility of being king and it does that job.  If I wasn’t paying attention I wouldn’t have noticed the castle as it is situated relatively low on the horizon and kind of blends into the mountain behind it.  Once we arrived in the small town built below the castle, we had a great view of the Alps and a small lake filled with swans, which the castle is named after.  We then walked up the mountain the castle is built on for 20 minutes and finally reached the entrance.  We walked around outside for a bit before we went to start our tour, which only lasted for about 15 minutes and was a little underwhelming.  Neuschwanstein is only about thirty percent complete as construction was stopped after Ludwig’s mysterious death.  The interior was very beautiful.  All of the walls acted as canvases for paintings.  A lot of the furniture was extremely intricate wood carving.  As we left the castle, we were ushered  through three gift shops.  We then explored a bit of the mountain heading toward a bridge that went over a waterfall  and then walked back down to the bus that was waiting to take us to lunch in a nearby town.  After lunch we stopped by a large church in the middle of the country side and then headed back to Augsburg.

Today was a good way to relax and see some of the most famous sites in Germany before our big presentations tomorrow.  The castle was really great and I enjoyed the nature around it.  The trip was a good distraction from the presentation tomorrow on Faurecia.

The lake below Neuschwanstein
The view from the castle

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