(picture taken from the bus, the castle in the hills)
Neuschwanstein in Bavaria was just as fairytale castle as I had hoped. It is the inspiration for Cinderella's Castle in Disney World. I loved it!
It is a pretty steep climb to get there (we luckily took a shuttle over the steepest part).
(Map of the area)
Once dropped off, we detoured to Marienbrucke (Mary's Bridge), which provides the best views of the castle.
(view of the bridge from the castle)
We backtracked to the main road to start the walk up, with gorgeous views.
(Hohenschwangau Castle--would have liked to have seen this one too)
(of course, some scaffolding)
The castle was extremely ornate inside, and filled with imagery of knights. Built in the late 1800s, it's a pre-Raphaelite wonder, a romanization of the middle ages in grand scale.
Next a longish drive to Lindau on lake Constance, where we had a lunch break to eat and take pictures. The first place we went was of course down to the harbor to see the lake.
We stopped at this little place along the lake for a sausage and roll sandwich (delicious) and walked through town.
We were seriously rushing at first because of a mix up in our return time--Katherine had the return time wrong and it took me a bit to figure out why she was so stressed about what we could fit in. After realizing that we did have plenty of time left, we left the lake to wander a bit through town.
Next more driving to Birnau, also on Lake Constance
BirnauBirnau is the location of the Wallfahrtskriche, a baroque church, built from 1746-1749.
God the Father,
thanks be brought,
You make the lake so beautiful
in the middle of your creation.
You are the Lord of the whole world,
who created and sustains them,
Praise, praise and honor to you.
(rough translation via Google Translate)
Back on the bus for another hour and and until we were at our hotel.
Our hotel is in the Schwarzwald (Black Forest).
Dinner was in the hotel tonight (which was kind-of in the middle of a forest, anyway).
(sliced pork, spatzel, veggies, and a potato soup).
Next for a quick walk around to see a bit of the grounds before it got too dark,
then off to sleep! Only one day left in this trip.