On the morning of Monday, May 16th, we hopped on a bus and made our way to the city of Ulm. A city that is much less touristy than Munich, and a little more touristy than Augsburg. The main purpose of our visit was to climb all the way up the Ulm Minster, the tallest church in the world. For reference it is around the height of the Cathedral of Learning. We began by touring the main floor of the building. The church was filled with beautiful sculptures, windows, and art works. Our tour guide walked us through the church and seemed to know every little fact about every little detail within the church. We ended up needing to cut the tour short to have enough time to make it up the tower. Now, I am going to be completely honest, I did not make it up that tower. As I climbed up the steps, the walls started to close in on me, I became short of breath, and the voices of the ghosts that haunted the church started whispering in my ear. So I walked my butt back down and got gelato, which was a fantastic decision. I made it up about 200 steps so I worked for it. When my group made it back down, we continued our tour to some other spots around the city. We didn’t have time for super in depth explanations, but the sites we saw were beautiful (I will insert some pictures of course). To anyone who plans on going on the Plus3 Germany trip in the future, I would highly recommend climbing up Cathy at least 3 times to prepare yourself for this day of the trip.
The next day was the day that I was most excited for, Neuschwanstein. It was the day we visited the castle of the Moon King, aka Ludwig II of Bavaria. The castle was up an insanely large hill that we had to walk up, but the view from the top of the hill was worth it. The style of the castle was medieval, which was interesting considering it was built in the 19th century. It is a testament to Ludwig’s… interesting personality. We sadly were not allowed to take pictures inside of the castle, even though some of us tried to (coughstephaniecough), so I can’t show what I saw, but I can tell. Every wall in every room we saw was covered with something. Painting, tapestry, sculpture, curtain. The king was also a big fan of swans so there were hundreds of swans in the designs of each room. The castle was meant to be the king’s personal and private playground, and while you can see the childlike playfulness of the castle, the privacy has been erased.
The cultural visits we embarked on these two days were probably my personal favorites. We got to see beautiful architecture, learn a lot about German history and culture from two different time periods, and get a workout in the process.