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It was our first grey day for a while so we headed to Fussen to visit Schloss Neuschwanstein the famous “Mad “King Ludwig II castle and Schloss Hohenschwangau.

We made good time until we hit the outskirts of Fussen then we queued through the town. We thought it was queues to get the castles but once through the town we made quick progress to the castle parking. The place was very busy but we found a parking space and started to explore.

From our guide books we knew there was no chance of getting tickets to tour the interior of the castles unless you queued and waited a long time. This didn’t both us as.

However one of guide books advised us that to get the best views of Schloss Neuschwanstein was to walk up (a rather steep climb) to Marienbruke. Before we made the climb we admired the view of the lake along with several hundreds of Japanese /Chinese tourists and looked up at Schloss Hohenschwangau. Ludwig’s father Maximilian II bought the ruined castle that stood on the site in 1832. He then had it totally rebuilt in a neo-gothic style and it was here that Ludwig spent most of his childhood.

We climbed up to the bridge (good cardiac work-out!) and along with the throng looked down on “Mad” King Ludwig II‘s Schloss Neuschwanstein.. Again the castle seen today was a ruin until King Ludwig decided he wanted a castle in the style of the German Middle Ages. Work began on the castle in 1869 and because Ludwig kept on chopping and changing the plans and was still unfinished on his death in 1886. He had only lived in part of the castle for 176 days and that was in 1884! Looking at the castle we expected to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang fly round the castle!

From the bridge we walked down into the Pollat gorge back to the car. To avoid the traffic in Fussen we found a back road back to base.

In the evening back a base we had a terrific thunderstorm ( That’s the problem of being in the mountains!) As it cleared the sun was just setting which gave some magnificent cloud colours.

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