In my previous post, I mentioned that there would be lots of romanticism ahead. I'm happy to say that today delivered! But let me back up a bit. A few years ago, Joe learned that one of my favorite things in the world is doing jigsaw puzzles. Next thing I knew, I was presented with a puzzle of a gorgeous looking castle. I worked tirelessly at the puzzle, and in the process got to know the details of the castle. Unfortunately I never got to finish it, thanks to the lack of a proper table and a crazy puppy named Sam. But on the bright side, I made up my mind to visit the castle in person one day.
I think we all know where this is going, right? Today I went to the castle! And I found the aforementioned puzzle! Look closely because this is as pretty as the castle will appear in the following pictures.
By the time we walked back to the castle, the fog had somewhat cleared! The pictures definitely do not do it justice, especially since so much of the beauty lies in the surrounding scenery. Even with the fog, the castle exceeded my expectations. It is just crazy to believe that someone actually built this! (And that the purpose was residency, not attraction at a theme park.)
Angie and I decided to visit the Schloss Hohenschwangau in the same vicinity. This was Ludwig's parent's summer home and was a big factor in Ludwig's inspiration for Neuschwanstein. I didn't have any expectations for the castle, and honestly we went only because we were already there and figured "why not." We got lucky because I liked the interior even more than Neuschwanstein! Again, there were no pictures allowed, but I snapped a few from outside.
I love the way the castles were built right out of the rock, as if extensions of the mountains.
The views from the castle were ridiculous. Did I mention I want to be a princess?!
At the end of our day, we of course had to drink a beer in his honor!