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Mike's Excellent Adventure to Europe 1993

Part 5: Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is this very cool castle in the Bavarian Alps.  It is very famous.  It looks like the one seen in the Disney movies.  We thought it was really old, but it turns out it was built in the late 1800s by a Bavarian king named "Ludwig the Mad."

As we drove towards the castle, you could see how huge it was.  It stands on top of a hill, so you can see it from miles.

Just like in the movies!
The castle from afar.

Actually, Ludwig ran out of  money before the castle could be completed, so outside it is very cool, but inside it is only half decorated.  One of the cool parts, though, was a fake grotto built inside the castle, complete with fake stalactites and stalagmites.

Looks like a postcard, but it's not.
The main castle.  Very cool.

There are actually several castles at Neuschwanstein.  Ludwig built his by his father's and grandfather's castles.  But, Ludwig's is the best.

This was the closest I could get without paying admission.
Another castle at Neuschwanstein.  It's a lot smaller, though.

We had to hike up the mountain, as we didn't want to wait for the tram (and have to pay a few marks).  I'll tell you, there is nothing like a mile long hike up a mountain to work off a hangover (although my boss ordered a big ole nasty greasy bratwurst at the top that almost made me completely sick).  Once atop, we had to wait about an hour for the English tour.

Pictures while you wait.
A close-up of the castle from the courtyard.

The view from the top is spectacular.

I love the Alps!
From the big castle looking down on one of the smaller ones.  I love the lake.

There was a waterfall that you can take a two or three mile hike around to visit.  We decided to skip it to go to Innsbruck, Austria instead.

Those dots are people on the bridge.
The waterfall was very cool also.

Continue on to Part 6: Innsbruck