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On the drive from Switzerland to Munich, we stopped at Neuschwanstein Castle. It is in Bavaria, Germamy and absolutely beautiful.

It may look familiar because it inspired Sleeping Beauty’s castle and was also used in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

To get to the castle, we had to climb a mountain. We began in the village and walked up. It is supposed to be a 40 minute uphill walk if you walk at a normal pace. We were limited to 20 minutes because we were severely late and about to miss our time slot for a tour. We did it in 15 minutes. It was terrible. And it smelled like horse because you could rent a carriage to take you up.

Once at the top, we had a few moments to catch our breath before the tour began with 65 steps to the starting point. Yay. We weren’t allowed to take pictures inside, but believe me, it was beautiful.

Neuschwanstein Castle was the home of Ludwig II. Well, it was for around six weeks. He died under mysterious circumstances right after he moved in. The castle wasn’t even complete.

The view from the bridge.

After touring the castle, we had the option of taking another short hike up to a bridge. It was about a 15 minute walk, but so worth it. The picture above is pretty much exactly what you’d see in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, except I took the picture.

After finishing at the bridge, we were all starving. It was nearly 3 and no one had eaten since we were so late to the castle. We stopped at the first rest stop on the way down for some real Bavarian food.


This is a May Pole. It was at the castle.

The May Pole was a point of confusion for the group. The bus driver spoke only Polish but we lucked out and had a Polish girl on the trip who translated for us. The guide told her to tell him to drop us off at the May Pole but his accent sounded like maple. She told the driver and he wanted the guide to point out which particular one. Knowing what was going on, I asked, “Do you mean May Pole or maple?” The guide asked “What’s the difference?” Eventually we figured out that he meant a May Pole and everything was solved. No more confusion.

Neuschwanstein was beautiful though. I want to take people there someday so I can watch them discover how beautiful it is. And watch them nearly pass out on the hike to the main gate.