Neuschwanstein Castle: Inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle
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In part I – IV, my friend Faiq showed me the city part of the Bavaria state which is Munich. On the very next day, we rent a car and start off our journey towards the southwest of Bavaria, Germany. I can’t recall how long the journey takes from Deggendorf but what i know for sure is that we tried to avoid taking the road through Munich and if i am not mistaken we took the road around Munich. Hmm i not sure of the details.
We are going to visit Neuschwanstein castle which apparently in the same place as Hohenschwangau castle. It germany, castle is known as Schloss. So basically the castle is actually Schloss Neuschwanstein. I think this castle was built with the concept of love or romance or both im not sure but you can google it up. I enjoy the view. I love the history but i am bad when it comes to remembering facts. Neuschwanstein is a castle built by King Ludwig II in the 19th century and it was used as Inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle by Disney.So i bought a book about the place to remind me. I wanted to read it before i write this entry but then i am busy with something else..
i am babbling again .. shut up..
Anyway if anybody wants to get there my advise is to GET A CAR!
There is no way you can get there with public transport , well you can work it out but trust me its gonna take a lot of your time, energy and money. Hey Germany is big, this is only the Bavaria and trust me time is really valuable if you happen to have a short visit to Germany. I was there for one month and i didn’t get the chance to go to Berlin. Sad! but i will someday.
So basically, rent a car and enjoy the view while you were driving towards the destination.
The photos above are some of the views we encountered while we were on the road towards Neuschwanstein castle. The third photo on your right you can see the castle from a far. The background is actually the alps. If you go there during winter i bet you gonna love the magnificent view of it. I just bought postcards with the view on it since i was there during summer.
yeah that is Faiq. My ex-schoolmate in high school. He is currently in Germany doing Mechatronic. He was like the best tour guide ever. If im not mistaken it is his 3rd or 4th times visiting Neuschwanstein. Thanks to him i can have beautiful pictures taken :p
The third photo shows something which in Malaysia we most probably gonna think it is a mosque but hey its not. It is actually a church. Amazing architecture can be righ?! As you can see in the picture we almost reach our destination! yeah baby!
Anyway welcome! to Neuschwanstein people! tadaaaa!
Anyway, when i was there i thought i was only going to see only one castle build during King Ludwig’s era but lucky me, they also have another castle which is the Hohenschwangau which is much older than Neuschwanstein. I think the latest castle was built by the son and the old castle was build by the father. I already forgot about it but what i can tell you that King Ludwig’s family has lots of castle all over Germany. Amazing!
There were lots of people and i don’t think i am gonna waste time waiting to go inside the castle, so our aim was to take photo of the whole neuschwanstein castle.
Iwas more interested in Neuschwanstein so most of the photos gonna be about that castle, the time was short so we don’t have enough time to visit the other castle but we manage to take photo from far :)
In order to reach the Neuschwanstein castle we need to hike few kilometres up and few more kilometres to see the whole castle from top. Excited? Lets take a peak of the photos aite :p
We bought something and i already forgotten the name of it. The guy with the cap actually preparing it and Faiq is holding it as you can see in the first photo. Anyway that was on the way to the castle, now let me show you around the castle area, sorry i cant bring you guys inside. i guess you gonna have to go there for yourself or just google it ya.
Next we hiked up to the bridge where you can see the whole castle. It was kinda scary but it was worth it! The view just oh just.. i dont know.. i cant even describe it. It is beautiful and never seen this kind of view in Malaysia. I can’t stop taking photos but hey who am i kidding? Photos can’t show you what exactly i see with my own eyes. Anyway cut it short lets see the pictures …
So that is the bridge and we are on it and we could see the whole castle. At first i was like Faiq why the hell didn’t you tell me we gonna hike this far. I was so tired but as i step onto the bridge and saw the castle i went on smiling like no body business. It was stunning! More photos of both castle from top, Hohenschwangau (yellow castle) and Neuschwanstein.
So then we walked down and take more photos as you can see below….
The first photo actually showing you the lake which i forgot to mention earlier. Yeah from the castle you can see a huge clear-blue-green-looking-lake and i just fall in love with the place all over again. Just remembering it makes my heart beats faster. Oh i wanna be there again. I wanna live there. Oh stop dreaming will ya!
Oppss i forgot to mention about the guy next to me. Look at the costumes he’s wearing. It is the traditional attire for people of Bavaria during the old time he says. Well it is kinda cool.
ok now we can finally continue to one of the best part of this place which is the lake. We rent a boat or should i say a canoe? sampan? i dont what it is called. Damned my head stop working now. Anyway lets see the photos….
So as we walked down from the top, we reach to the lake where i can’t stop touching and put my hands in it. I even recorded the sound of the water splashing showing how bad i wanna keep the memory alive. Silly me. If only i got a bottle i might even to the unthinkable which is to bring back that bottle of lake-water to Malaysia. Crazy isn’t it! Gosh i lost my mind for a while back there. Anyway there was this handsome guy which approach both of us and asked if we were from Malaysia and he says that he’s been to Malaysia and he loves it. He even offer to take a picture of both of us with the swan. Sweet! Finally we come to the part where we rent a boat/canoe/sampan or whatever it is called and we row it towards the centre of the lake (actually Faiq the one who does the row-ing part) …
We called Ahmad Ibrahim (Abby) while we were in the boat to wish him happy birthday all the way from Germany in this magnificent view. Abby almost cry his heart out back in Malaysia.
Pfft i was just making it up. Abby if you read this please don’t kill me but surely you were touch aren’t you.
I think it cost us 6 Euros per hour? Nah i can’t remember but i think it was roughly around that and definitely below 10 Euro.
That was actually the last part and yeah i will be there again someday with my other half. Aminn..
So i guess thats all. Next i will take you to another place in the Bavaria. So stay tune.
Finally a dream come true for me to visit a castle in the Europe. I just love the architecture of it. Especially Neuschwanstein which if you live there you gonna wake up with a view of a beautiful lake, alps and fresh air . I finally got to go into a boat and row it to the centre of the lake and my wish was partly granted since i was hoping to do that with my other half.. Berangan!
Gonna stop now. Peace!