The Real Sleeping Beauty Castle

Yesterday morning we packed up drove over the Austrian Alps, then back into Germany to Füssen. Reason? To go to the real Sleeping Beauty castle otherwise known as Schloss Neuschwanstein of course! First we met up with Mom and John to explore the little town.

A beautiful full moon with the Alps
The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an 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... so naturally he went bankrupt, was arrested for being "crazy", and then "mysteriously" drowned the next day in a lake.

Hohenschwangau Castle, that King Ludwig grew up in is just a stone's throw away.
Alpsee

Neuschwanstein Castle
Marienbrücke
Next, off to Haslach to rest my legs from all of this hiking.

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