We have been very lucky with the weather on this trip. Yesterday when we arrived in Füssen it was cold and overcast. We couldn’t even see the mountains. Today we woke up to blue skies and a pleasant temperature. It was perfect weather to go into the mountains to see the King’s Castles.
We took a short bus ride from Füssen to the ticket office where we bought our timed entry tickets to the two castles. We did a lot of hiking and climbing to get to the Castles. First we climbed up to Neuschwanstein Castle. King Ludwig built the castle between 1869 to 1886. The tour took us through several lavishly decorated rooms. No pictures were allowed inside the castle.
After the tour we hiked up to Mary’s bridge where there is supposed to be an amazing view of the castle. We almost reached the bridge but didn’t get to go out on the bridge because of the long line and the fact that we had to be at Hohenschwangau Castle for our 11:55 tour. We had to hurry down the hill and up the other side of the valley to get to Hohenschwangau.
Hohenschwangau Castle was rebuilt by Ludwig’s father, King Maximilian II in 1830. Hohenschwangau Castle was a vacation home for the family, but still quite elaborate and beautiful.
Tonight for dinner we had soup with a liver dumpling and then sausage and potatoes.
Füssen, our base to visit rhe King’s Castles tomorrow is a small Bavarian town near the Austrian border south of Munich. We took a local train from Munich to Füssen today. We are staying at a lovely recently renovated old hotel, the Hotel Hirsch.
After checking in we went out and explored the town and walked down the river to see the gorge and falls. Füssen has been a stopping point on the trade route from Italy north since Roman Times.
We had a lovely dinner at our hotel.
There is so much to see and do in Munich that I am glad we spent two days here. It was difficult to choose where to visit today but we finally decided on The Residenz. It is the palace of Bavarian royal family. As you can see in the pictures the opulence is astounding. Besides the opulence the two things that made big impressions on me were the size of the palace (it goes on and on and on) and the fact that most of what we saw was rebuilt after being bombed to rubble during World War Two. Here are just a few of the things we saw.
The state apartments
A room with pieces all carved out of rock crystal.
And the Cuvilliés Theater. Everything that looks like drapes or curtains is actually carved wood.
After spending several hours at The Residenz we enjoyed beer and pretzels at the Viktualienmarkt beer garden.
For dinner we went back to Café am Beethovenatz where we ate last night. All of the vegetable stands we have seen in Munich have been selling white asparagus. Tonight I had some with Wiener schnitzel and Duke had steak.
We ended a wonderful meal with our first apple strudel of the trip.
Rick Steve’s Audio Europe has audio walking tours of several European cities. Today we did the Munich walking tour. It was great!
We started in the main square Marienplatz where we watched the 11 am glockenspiel, a clockwork party and joust near the top of the tower. One of the interesting parts of the tour was the history provided and learning about which parts of the town were destroyed in the war and rebuilt.
We wandered through the Viktualienmarkt and saw the blue and white striped maypole.
We saw the Jewish synagogue.
It was particularly fun to stop and have a beer and pretzel at the Hofbraähaus.
We walked over seven miles today and my feet hurt. But it was a really interesting and fun day. For dinner we ate at a nearby neighborhood restaurant, Mariandl Cafe am Bethovenplatz. I had fish and Duke had pork roast and dumpling. Both were excellent. There was a very talented pianist providing background music.
Lots of travel today. We walked to a city bus stop and caught a bus to the Luxembourg central station.
From there we took a bus out of Luxembourg to Saarbruecken in Germany.
Then we took a local train to Mannheim. And finally a high speed train to Munich.
Tonight we had a fabulous German dinner. I had Wiener schnitzel and Duke essentially had steak and potatoes. It was one of the specials. You can see the German description here.
The meal, the beer and the restaurant complete with waiters in lederhosen were a perfect introduction to Germany and in particular Munich.
Today was a beautiful spring day in Luxembourg. We walked from our hotel down across the river and up to the old town.
We explored The Bock Casemates, tunnels and fortifications built into the cliff overlooking the river.
The town had lots of interesting buildings and and beautiful parks. .
Our Meliã hotel stay includes tapas and wine or beer in the evenings. So that is what we did for dinner.
On Sunday we travelled from Brussels to Luxembourg.
We are staying at a Meliã Hotel with a wonderful view of the old city.