06.26.2014 - 06.27.2014 70 °F
When my Mom was planning this part of the trip, the #1 attraction on her list was to go to Sleeping Beauty's castle. (Sidenote: When I told this to someone, they said: "Oh, I didn't know Sleeping Beauty was a real story" lol. I just mean that this is the castle that Disney based the Sleeping Beauty castle on!) My mom made it possible for us to go by taking a train to Munich, Germany (all the signs say Munchen and I think that looks like Munchkin haha) and then rent a car and drive to Fussen. Here is where my #1 attraction of this part of the trip comes in, seeing my mom drive on the Autobahn :P
Just kidding…she did great! I was only scared half the time.
Fussen was another cute little town. We arrived and walked around to try some German food. We both had Schnitzel and my food came with Spatzle (I need to make this at home). [how to describe those foods]
The next day we set off for the King of Bavaria's (this area of Germany) castles: Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Hohenschwangau is King Ludwig's childhood home and we didn't visit inside this one
Our goal was Neuschwanstein, the castle that inspired Walt Disney for the Sleeping Beauty movie. Ludwig II, the King of Bavaria, spent most of his life constructing this castle. He loved the medieval period and had it designed that way, although this castle was actually built from 1869-1886. Everything was built and furnished in medieval styles but equipped with the latest technology. The sad part is that Ludwig II only had 172 days living here until he was declared unfit to rule and taken away and then died.
To get a beautiful view of the castle, Mom and I went to Mary's Bridge or Marienbrucke
Inside the castle we weren't allowed to take pictures, but it was a really cool visit.
I actually became very interested in the Bavarian Kings after going to the castle so Mom and I went to the museum on the kings right in the town below the castles. It shows the history of the Wittelsbachs (Bavaria's royal family). When Ludwig II was king he was forced to accept domination of Bavaria by Prussia. Afterwards Bavaria joined Prussia forces, and ultimately what became the German Empire when France attacked in 1870. Slowly Bavaria had to give up rights to the German empire throughout the 20th century. We learned that people from Bavaria still consider themselves as Bavarian first rather than Germans (just like Catalonians and Spain!).
It was a really nice day trip and we really enjoyed it. Also we finally had amazing weather!