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Neuschwanstein Castle! April 21, 2009

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[Update: Travel Diary finally fully up-to-date now with pictures added!]

I finally got around to sorting through some of the photos from my second big European adventure, and this time I’ve decided to post some photos of one of the best attractions in Europe (and certainly the No. 1 in Germany) – Neuschwanstein Castle!

I ranked Neuschwanstein Castle near Fussen (a 2-hour train ride south of Munich) as the No. 2 attraction in my European Adventure Round-Up, and with good reason too – it’s a magical place and a must-visit for anyone who has ever had a thing for pretty castles.  And no, you don’t have to be obsessed with the Disney Castle (which was inspired by Neuschwanstein) to enjoy it.

We went towards the end of April, when there was still snow covering the grass and made everything exceptionally beautiful, but I heard it can be equally amazing (albeit in a different way) during the summer, when the Castle attracts its largest crowds.

You can easily book a tour from any of the local tour companies when you get there, even on the day (you’ll find their brochures everywhere, and most of their offices are near the main train station).  Or if you prefer to save some money, you can just as easily figure things out for yourself by buying your own train, bus and entry tickets.  The tour guides provide a little bit of extra info (not much, to be honest), but really their job is just to organise the ticket-buying, so if you know what you’re doing then I’d recommend saving some money and doing things yourself.  It’s more flexible that way anyway.

For full details of our trip to Neuschwanstein, check out my (now fully updated- at last) Travel Diary!

So without further ado, here are the photos.  Like my Prague pics, these were taken with a Fujifilm FinePix F20 (still don’t know what this is), with the size reduced.  Of course, the photos cannot compare to seeing the real thing in person…

Neuschwanstein from afar, before the steady climb

Neuschwanstein from afar, before the steady climb

This is Hohenschwangau Castle nearby, which you can also visit (we didn't)

This is Hohenschwangau Castle nearby, which you can also visit (we didn't)

The surrounding hills of our walk up to the Castle

The surrounding hills of our walk up to the Castle

Getting closer...

Getting closer...

We're here!

We're here!

If you curl around the back of the Castle you can catch these spectacular views!

If you curl around the back of the Castle you can catch these spectacular views!

Hohenschwangau (the ugly step sister) from afar

Hohenschwangau (the ugly step sister) from afar

Another view of the Castle from a different angle

Another view of the Castle from a different angle

No photos inside the Castle!...oops

No photos inside the Castle!...oops

Farewell, Neuschwanstein

Farewell, Neuschwanstein

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1. Laura - March 16, 2010

your blog is without a doubt the most useful euro trip info thingy i have come across so far and i agree.. ive been to prague i avoid it like the plague… totally untourist friendly even at the international window who charged me twice for one ticket

thanks for your blogging :D

pacejmiller - March 16, 2010

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