We drove from Munich to Füssen in our luxe Audi A1 on Saturday 28 September and joined the locals for a stein in the evening before dinner at a cosy restaurant.
After an early Skype call with Ed’s parents on Sunday morning we donned our winter woolies and followed our inbuilt GPS to Neuschwanstein Castle, reputedly the inspiration for Disney’s Fantasyland Castle.
Our entrance time to the castle was 3:05pm and we whiled away the time with a stroll around a nearby lake.
After lunch we wound our way up the hill to the entrance point where, unfortunately, the visibility was much the same as I experienced some 12 years ago.
What we saw …
What we had hoped to see …
Our tour commenced at 3:05 on the dot (hats off to German efficiency!) and lasted approximately 30 minutes. Highlights included the beautifully decorated Throne Hall, King Ludvig II’s extravagant bed chambers, an illuminated grotto and the Singers’ Hall.
The castle provided a fascinating glimpse into the romantic king’s state of mind (or lack thereof) and reflected his twin obsessions – swans and Wagnerian operas.
In the evening we returned to an Italian restaurant for delicious bruschetta and hearty vegetable soup.