Another day and another city and not just any city! A city with a castle – Neuschwanstein castle! We headed to the city, which took about 2 hours by bus. Right when we got there, everything was so aesthetically pleasing. The small town looked like we just walked straight into a movie set and quite honestly it was hard to believe that it was a real place where people live and make a living.
Right when we got off of the bus, we found a beautiful little view of a valley into the mountains, so we took some time to take pictures and enjoy the scenery. It truly was breathtaking and I couldn’t imagine anything more peaceful to start the day with. The nap that I took on the bus was a true blessing because the hill that we had to walk up was no easy trek. All I remember feeling was that, “We were almost there” because of the castles peeking through the forest lined hill but just never actually reaching there. But then we made it … to a rest stop. Yes, we made it to a restaurant on the way to the top, it was a moment of sadness. However, I kept going, I had to make it to the top and I did, we persevered and made it! The view from the top was even more beautiful and of course we took more pictures!
Then we headed into the castle and I remember learning about this certain castle during our information sessions but nothing could compare to what I saw. Though we weren’t able to use our phones, the best way to describe the castle was extravagance. From the 3 rooms that were completed in its time, you can clearly see that everything is made out of the finest materials such as gold paints, the rich wood that we saw in the bedroom and the decorations in the ballroom. The part of the castle that I enjoyed the most were the swan accents in the king’s bedroom and living room. They were everywhere in the carving in the wall or bed frame, in the reading table, in the drapes, as door handles, swan sink faucet and there was even a swan flower vase. I thought they looked so majestic, that I even bought a small swan for my mom!
After visiting the castle we went into the town. Everything was so aesthetically pleasing. The small town looked like we just walked straight into a movie set and quite honestly it was hard to believe that it was a real place where people live and make a living. We had some free time now, so we went to a chinese restaurant and I got vegetable low mein and gave me strength after trekking. Then after that we walked around and went into the small shops and just explored. Another interesting place that we visited was a small church in the countryside. It looked like a regular German church to the outside, but then when we went inside it was so angelic. There were sculptures of prominent biblical figures such as the Virgin Mary but she was covered in gold, angles and just decorated with wealth. The ceiling had paintings of even more biblical figures and the attention to detail of the painting and the general structure of the church was so celestial!
Today was a day of travel, whether it was on foot or on bus, we were always moving and making memories together. It was such a wonderful way to end our programmed schedules and just explore the places around us and today really made me truly appreciate the world that I live in and the life that I get to live!