Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

I find it hard to believe, still, that my life includes so much excitement! I mean, I never, ever would have imagined I would be living in Germany. I never would have even thought about it or quite frankly, wanted it! But, such is life… filled with many things you don't expect. And now that I have the opportunity to live in a foreign country, I am so grateful for it.

So, this is another post about one of the adventures we had while my parents were here. This particular day included a trip to the infamous "Disney Castle." No, it isn't actually "disney anything." But, it is the castle that Disney patterned their "Sleeping Beauty Castle" after. We visited in mid-october and it was about the perfect time with the fall colors and crisp weather. It was incredibly beautiful! 

This is the Neuschwanstein Castle. It is so gorgeous. It is amazing to see it in real life! It is usually one of the first places people visit when they are in this area. It is one of the top tourist attractions in Germany.

The castle is located in Hohenschwangau and was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It was meant to be a retreat for the King but he never actually lived in it. He died in 1886 and it immediately became a tourist attraction. Over a million people visit annually with sometimes 6,000 people per day in the summer. This was the second time we had been up to the castle and both times we decided not to go in. What is interesting is there is only a small portion of the inside completed. If you choose you can take a little tour through a very tiny (from what I hear) part of the castle. 

I am not going to pretend to be an expert on this castle but this King Ludwig just so happen to build this HUGE castle right above his Father's castle (it was King Ludwig's summer residence). Who knows why but it is kind of ironic! See below for a gorgeous pic of the Hohenschwangau Castle (the summer residence).

My adorable parents that I love so much!
My amazing husband!

We got some pretty awesome pics this visit.

There were moments in the day when the sun was shining just right and it was perfection. 

Hohenschwangau. This is King Maximillian II's (King Ludwig's father) castle. The summer residence for the family. Quite the place to spend the summer because 5 minutes (walking distance) from here there is the the. most. gorgeous. lake. everrr. If you don't believe me, come visit and I will show you! :) 
We chose to walk the mile up hill to get to the castle instead of taking a horse/carriage. So here we are taking a break and letting the kids check out the horses.

We stopped for some fresh donut balls on the way up.

The dads went a little faster than us and we caught this cool pic of them on a switchback ahead of us.

Gorgeous, right?

To view the post on our visit back in June of 2011, click here! There are some different pictures and it was summer instead of fall. We have also gotten a new and better lens for our camera since then and I am so glad we did! :)

Every where we looked we couldn't believe how beautiful it was. The weather combined with the beauty of the architecture was almost too good to be true.
My pretty mom and daughter!
The views from the top were incredible! 
Our self-timer, group shot. It is always a pain, but I am always so glad we do it.
A view from the base of the trail that takes you up to the castle. This is also right across the street from the Hohenschwangau castle.

We found a cozy little place and had some pumpkin soup and a couple of traditional German comfort dishes.
Our poor little ones were tired and going on too little of sleep. But, they were troopers and were happy most of the time!

Here is the lake I mentioned earlier. The first time we visited this area it was June and the weather was just right for a little boat ride. It was pristine and honestly perfect.

I am so glad we snapped a few pics of these two. My favs! It was too good to be true to have them with us in Germany.
Hohenschwangau in the background.
Here's a cell phone pic of the joy ride I had on the way down from the castle. I was pretty sure I was pregnant on this day, but hadn't confirmed with a test yet. I was feeling really crampy and it was making me nervous. My Dad gave me and a screaming Trip (he wanted me to stand up and walk) a ride down. Turns out I was right to be nervous because (obviously) it wasn't a viable pregnancy and the embryo stopped growing probably as early as this week we were traveling around. The doctor did some tests after the D&C and told me there were some major chromosomal defects with the placenta and sometimes that stuff just happens. It was nice to know it wasn't anything I did. And, I know as a woman that has decided to venture into the baby making world, miscarriages are normal and necessary in some cases. So, we are all good.
Lastly, the pumpkin soup that was so soothing after a long walk and adventure up to the castle and back.

Needless to say, the day was a success! Another memory in the book and the fact that I got to share it with my parents, husband and kids made it so, so special.

1 comment:

  1. We loved visiting that castle!!! Walking up to the castle I felt like we were in the middle of a Twilight set or something! Sparkling trees that were hundreds of feet tall, vibrant green and picturesque! Love!