Our last day trip from Munich was a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle. This 19th-century castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II but was still incomplete when he died in 1886. The castle was filled with technical innovations, including a bell system for the servants, a central heating system, and inside plumbing with running water. The castle also served as the inspiration for the Disney castle.

Takeaways: 1) The castle offers amazing views of the lake and Hohenschwangau Castle. 2) King Ludwig II had a thing for swans and cake. 3) Mary's bridge provides a good vantage point for seeing the castle but is not for people who are afraid of heights. 4) The throne room never contained a throne.

Memorable Moments: 1) Viewing the castle from the bridge and shaking from fear. 2) Touring the interior of the castle.

^^ Hohenschwangau Castle ^^

Restaurant Picks:
Hotel Müller (tourist prices but high quality food, sit in the biergarten)
Alpseestraße 16, Hohenschwangau

Recommendations: 1) Book tickets in advance of your visit if not included in a tour. 2) Take a shuttle bus to the top of the hill to save time and energy. The walk down is enjoyable. 3) Stop at Mary's bridge for the iconic view of the castle and a good photo opportunity. 4) Note that no photography is allowed inside the castle. 5) The second gift shop in the castle is less expensive but does not offer all the same items. 6) Try the donut balls being sold at the stand down the hill from the castle.

Next Time: 1) Visit in the wintertime! This place would be magical after a snowfall. 2) Visit Hohenschwangau Castle. 3) Explore the trails around the castle.


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