We are in Germany! This is the first part of our 30 day European tour.
Hillary has finished study abroad in London and flew in yesterday to meet us.
It has been great being reunited after a long semester for us and a great adventure for her.
We kicked off the trip with a day tour out to the Castles of Bavaria with a stop in Oberammergau which is rich with German heritage.
It was great for us as Brian’s grandmother is 100 percent German and his family hails from these surrounding towns.
His mom loves this little gingerbread community so we definitely had to pay a visit.
Part of the goal for me was to try and see some things that I haven’t seen on previous visits to Europe.
Linderhof Palace and Neuschwanstein Castle were two bucket list items!
“Linderhof Palace is a schloss in Germany, in southwest Bavaria near Ettal Abbey. It is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed.”
Next we headed towards Neuschwanstein Castle. It was a dream of mine to visit the castle and was pretty much the inspiration for our trip to Munich. I visited Munich 6 years ago on my way to Hungary but didn’t have time to visit any of the charming surrounding villages.
I thought it was a great way to kick off the trip.
Here is a photo that I shot from the windy bridge on the side of the castle.
It was so windy up there, that I shot one photo and fled. I love the way it turned out though.
“Neuschwanstein Castle is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds.
The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886.Since then more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland‘s Sleeping Beauty Castle and later, similar structures.”
It is so fun that these Noah and Elizabeth were able to come on the trip. It is even harder to believe that they are growing up so fast and mature enough to do this type of itinerary.
We didn’t have time to visit this family castle that overlooked the lake, but I thought it was a beauty. It is tough to have so much money!
Germany is off to a great start and we are loving the tulips, green grass and blue skies.
Tomorrow, we are off to Salzburg….so check back in! I might actually get this blog moving again.