Wait…I LOVE Germany!
If you know me than you know that once October first hit, I started singing Christmas songs. (Yes, sorry, I am one of those…). I love Christmas so much because it is so joyus, giving, loving and it’s the only holiday that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This is probably why I loved Germany so much. It’s only October but in the big city of Munich and in the small German town of Fussen, Christmas time is in full effect. If you love Christmas and want to travel to Europe make sure you go to Germany. Anyways, enough about Christmas (for now 😉 ) and about the castles…
Getting to the Castle
After getting into Munich and walking the city center we decided the next day we would do a side trip. While in Ireland a few fellow ASU students told us how amazing the Neuschwanstein Castle is. After seeing pictures it was on our bucket list.
We started our journey at the train station in Munich. By train, the trip takes about 2 hours and if you are traveling in two you can get a great deal and buy these roundtrip tickets, here for about 28 Euro together. It’s actually a pretty inexpensive day trip. (Unless, you walk into one of the Christmas stores…another story.) Once you get into the romantic town of Fussen you hop onto a bus headed to the town of Hohenschwangau, if you buy the ticket I mentioned this bus ride is included. From the small town the castle is only a 15 minute walk. I have to mention that this walk is uphill so if you want you can pay 2.40 Euro for a bus ride up.
The Castles & Cash
Once you are on the hill it is a short walk to a bridge that gives one of the best views of the castle. When we went the bridge was littered with tourists. So we did a little hike up the mountain to get our view. The hike was so worth it because it also gives you an amazing view of a scenic lake and both the Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein castle. Probably one of the most breathtaking views ever. Before you leave make sure you pick up a cute Christmas ornament!
We got back into Munich pretty late so we decided to have some wiener schnitzel close to our apartment. Funny story, it turned out our restaurant only took cash. Braxton and I only had 10 euro in cash and our bill was 25 euro. So, Braxton went on an adventure looking for an ATM. Moral of the story, carry more cash. Haha.
With Love, Elizabeth Ashley
P.S. The lovely Chinese women in our picture wanted to get a photo with us because we were American. haha. So, in exchange we also asked for a picture with them. 🙂