Germany Day 5: Neuschwanstein

Today we had a break from that company visits, and we instead did more touristy things. The first visit was to the nearly universally known castle, Neuschwanstein.  This castle, like most architecture in Germany, was gothic. It had large rigid edges with high towers and an asymmetric exterior. Before entering the castle, we had a long while to truly immerse ourselves in the area. The environment around the castle was absolutely stunning. The alps were incredible, taller than most mountains I’ve seen, coated with bright white snow at the peaks. It looks like a real-life postcard. We stood over a (slightly wobbly and scary) bridge, which gave us a perfect angle to take pictures. It was a beautiful day, with a nice lake and waterfall in the background, compounded with a magnificent castle; I was truly awestruck.

The inside of the castle was just as impressive as the outside. Every room was loaded with luxurious, gem encrusted sculptures. The most impressive piece was the bed of King Ludwig II, the king and owner of the castle. The bed frame was wooden, but was so masterfully carved, my jaws dropped. Every little part of the frame was so intricately carved: I was completely speechless. Sadly, the castle’s interior was not finished due to the abrupt death of Ludwig, so the tour ended in around 30 minutes. Regardless, the castle was truly gorgeous, and I highly recommend anyone to visit it.

The next part of our day was a visit to a small nearby town: Fussen. We stopped to eat, and I got a pasta dish. I still am not entirely sure of what it was, but it tasted great. After, we walked around the city. It was strange in that it seemed nearly identical to Augsburg. The streets were cobblestone, and the buildings had nearly the same architecture. I also noticed that there were churches just like at every other German city that we visited: religion played a major role in the style of architecture. After exploring for a while, we got ice cream (which was very good), and then departed to visit another World Heritage Site.

After a short bus ride, we arrived at a church, that was constructed in memory of a vision. Apparently, people had a vision of Jesus at this very location, so a church was built. The church itself was very large and seemed to be built in a renaissance style. The main feature of this church (in my eyes) was the nearby doughnut shop. Even though I was stuffed from lunch, I decided to eat at this traditional doughnut shop. The doughnuts had only sugar and cinnamon (no icing), which was a variation from traditional U.S. doughnuts, but it was just as good if not better. After inhaling this doughnut, I fell into a food coma on the return trip, concluding an excellent day.

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