Saturday, June 28, 2014

Neuschwanstein Castle and Lichentenstein

The following morning, we headed down to the bus station to meet up with our tour for Neuschwanstein Castle.  The castle was built by King Ludwig II.  He accumulated a lot of debt in his attempt to built his retreat and in the end, only lived in the castle around 100 days before he was arrested.  He died under mysterious circumstances. The castle is still unfinished, but has been open for tours, which is enabling the town to finish certain portions.  

We took a bus up to the castle area and walked to Marion Bridge, which had breathtaking views.  

Looking straight down from the Marian Bridge

waterfall view from Marian Bridge
view from the Marian Bridge

Neuschwainstein Castle

Vince and I on Marian Bridge with Neuschwanstein Castle in the background

  Then we walked up the hill to the castle.  

View of castle from  the walk there. 
The castle is beautiful inside and out.  We were not allowed to take a photos inside, so I bought a souvenir book. Check out this website for more information on the history of the castle and photos of the rooms inside.

Castle where Ludwig II grew up. 

The castle is not far from Neuschwanstein Castle

Vince and I on the walkway to the castle
View of the countryside

Side of castle.  You can just see an exit door
in the side.  This is one example of the
unfinished state of the castle.  There is
no terrace outside the door!

Another view of 'Marley"!

Outside wall of Castle

View of Marian Bridge from Castle

Closeup of Marian Bridge

Outside of Castle

Castle Tower

Window of Castle.  I liked the pattern!

Views of countryside from inside castle.

Lake Alpsee

Mountains around castle

Mountains around castle

My view of the horses from my seat on the carriage!
Our journey down the hill was via horse drawn carriage!  We tooled around the village before catching the bus back to town. 
Outside of front of castle
View of castle from the town.

Our carriage driver

Lake Alpsee

swans on the lake

swans on the lake

Lake Alpsee

Additional view of the 'yellow' castle

Cool Fountain in Fussen, Germany

We were  then off to Vaduz, Lichtenstein for lunch!  Vaduz is the capital of Lichtenstein.  Lichtenstein is the only country that lies entirely in the Alps.   Liechtenstein has the highest gross domestic product per person in the world. It  also has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world at 1.5%.  Population is about 35,000 for the entire country!  

View of Mountains in Vaduz, Lichtenstein

Castle Vaduz, where the prince of Lichtenstein resides.

Rhein River, which flows in part of Lichtenstein. 

Our evening ended in Garmisch, Germany, at the Edelweiss Hotel.  We are in amongst the Alps, with glorious mountain views all around! 

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