In the south of Bavaria, Germany, flanked by majestic, craggy giants and gentle Alpine foothills are some 300 or so lakes that glisten like deep blue sapphires in the sunshine. Right across the Bavarian Alps there is a huge diversity of rural traditions for guests to enjoy. Lively towns, picturesque villages and cultural heritage sites all offer a wealth of top-class concerts, musical festivals, literature events and exhibitions. For nature lovers the Bavarian Alps are just perfect for every kind of outdoor activity both in summer and winter alike. With pure, healthy air, clean water and numerous spas and health resorts throughout the region the Bavarian Alps guarantee recuperation and relaxation second to none.
1. To see the world’s most beautiful Castle (in my opinion) you should got to a small town Füssen, which is 1,5 h drive from Munich.
2. There you’ll see 4 main attractions: Alp lake (Alpsee), Hohenschwangau castle, Neuschwanstein castle and the beautiful nature of the Alps. Isn’t that beautiful?
3. To see the Neuschwanstein castle, there are several ways to get to the top of the mountain. You can use a bus, a horse dray or just hike up to this mountain. The car road is only for castle personnel. We hiked up in 15 minutes and it was fun and healthy. Don’t forget to take your sport shoes. I saw some Chinese tourists with high-heels. Don’t do that. But of course there is an asphalt road, you don’t climb on rocks.
4. When you hike-up, from the height you’ll see the Hohenschwangau castle near the Alpsee.
5. Later I also took a photo of Hohenschwangau castle from a near perspective. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria. Hohenschwangau Castle was built on the remains of the fortress Schwangau, which was first mentioned in historical records dating from the 12th Century. A family of knights was responsible for the construction of the medieval fortress, and it served as the seat of the local government of Schwangau.
6. Alp lake from the coast:
7. And finally we arrived: I was speechles in front of this beauty.
The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds.
The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and later, similar structures.
8. To get this view, you should climb a little bit more to get to the Mary’s bridge (Marienbrücke):
Very important tip: If you want to get inside without problems, I recommend to buy the tickets online 2 days in advance. If you come without tickets, they’re mostly all sold out early mornings in summer season. Therefore try to buy in the morning, if you’re without entrance ticket.