Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012

Germany: Walt Disney’s Hidden Secret

Location of Germany in Europe
Location of Germany in Europe

 

Theme: European Christmas Holiday  Country: Germany  Languages: German  Unit of Currency: Euro  Locations: Munich & Schwangau Village  Year: 2012  Bucket list: Capturing the view of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, Neuschwanstein

 

DO:  TRY LOCAL BEER AND BRATWURSTS

Munich:
  • Eating, drinking, and looking at Christmas Lights
Currywurst; Munich, Germany; 2012
Currywurst; Munich, Germany; 2012

 

Christmas Lights; Munich, Germany; 2012
Christmas Lights; Munich, Germany; 2012

 

Entrance to the Village; Munich, Germany; 2012
Entrance to the Village; Munich, Germany; 2012
Pink Christmas Lights; Munich, Germany; 2012
Pink Christmas Lights; Munich, Germany; 2012

 

Architecture; Munich, Germany; 2012
Architecture; Munich, Germany; 2012

 

 

DO:  VISIT A SAMPLE OF GERMANY’S CASTLES

Schwangau:
  • Trekking to see both Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles in a lovely Christmas-filled village

Neuschwanstein Castle:

Inside Look at  Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012
Inside Look at Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012

 

Front of Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012
Front of Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012

 

Architecture of Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012
Architecture of Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012

 

Pose at Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012
Pose at Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012

 

Back of Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012
Back of Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012

 

Horse Carriage to Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012
Horse Carriage to Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012

 

Path to Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012
Path to Neuschwanstein Castle; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012

 

Directions to Castles; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012
Directions to Castles; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012

 

Entrance to Castles; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012
Entrance to Castles; Schwangau Village, Germany; 2012

 

 

 

Hohenschwangau Castle:

Village of Schwangau; Germany; 2012
Village of Schwangau; Germany; 2012

 

Front of Hohenschwangau Castle; Schwangau, Germany; 2012
Front of Hohenschwangau Castle; Schwangau, Germany; 2012

 

Steps Leading to Hohenschwangau Castle; Schwangau, Germany; 2012
Steps Leading to Hohenschwangau Castle; Schwangau, Germany; 2012

 

Architecture of Hohenschwangau Castle; Schwangau, Germany; 2012
Architecture of Hohenschwangau Castle; Schwangau, Germany; 2012

 

Creativity of Hohenschwangau Castle; Schwangau, Germany; 2012
Creativity of Hohenschwangau Castle; Schwangau, Germany; 2012

 

Small Tunnel of Hohenschwangau Castle; Schwangau, Germany; 2012
Small Tunnel of Hohenschwangau Castle; Schwangau, Germany; 2012

 

Back of Hohenschwangau Castle; Schwangau, Germany; 2012
Back of Hohenschwangau Castle; Schwangau, Germany; 2012

 

Lit Hohenschwangau Castle; Schwangau, Germany; 2012
Lit Hohenschwangau Castle; Schwangau, Germany; 2012

 

Schwangau Village; Germany; 2012
Schwangau Village; Germany; 2012

 

Christmas Tree in Schwangau Village; Germany; 2012
Christmas Tree in Schwangau Village; Germany; 2012

 

 

“Sleeping Beauty’s Castle” in Schwangau Village:

1) The Romantic Road and Neuschwanstein Castle – A historical road and a fairy-tale castle was one of the highlights in this country. The Romantic Road stretched 200 miles from Wurburg to Fussen and dozens of medieval towns, villages, and castles linked the landscapes of rivers, lakes, and forests in between. King Ludwig’s two royal castles: Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein capped the southern end of the Romantic Road, which led into a world of fantasy and creative design.

Neuschwanstein was by far the most theatrical, which was created by royal court’s set designer rather than an architect. Set on an isolated rock ledge and heart-stopping scenery, it was rumored that Walt Disney replicated his Sleeping Beauty castle in Disney World as that of Neuschwanstein. After hiking up a mountain for 30 minutes, I later discovered that the rumor was true and throughout my videos and pictures, I was able to perceive the vision that Walt Disney had envisioned.

2) Hohenschwangau Castle – Built on the remains of a fortress Schwanstein, this castle was recognized in historical records as dating back to the 12th century. Throughout the history labeled near the castle, it was mentioned that a family of knights were responsible for the construction of the medieval fortress. Sadly, the decay of the fortress continued until it finally fell into ruins at the beginning of the 19th century.

3) German funnel cakes – 3 dough balls covered in powdered sugar were a treat after the climb to Neuschwanstein Castle. As I watched the gentleman cook the dough and pour the sugar on the funnel cake, the sweet smell of white powdered sugar and fresh dough tickled my nose. I remember thinking to myself that a good cup of hot chocolate would be perfect with this delicious dessert. Later I fulfilled that craving and continued my journey towards Hohenschwangau in the drizzling rainstorm that had formed while eating the German funnel cake.

4) Munich’s cheese-filled bratwurst –When I thought of Germany, I associated it with the representation of numerous beers, friendly inhabitants, and bratwursts! Something I always loved as a kid was sauerkraut; cheese-filled bratwurst,s honey dijon, and sauerkraut was definitely one of my favorite snacks on the Euro trip. I determined that I enjoyed bratwursts as a great snack in Zagreb, Croatia. With some locally flavorful beers and a bratwurst this fashioned the ultimate snack! Not to mention, left my stomach and taste buds wanting more!

Next stop: Luxembourg City, Luxembourg!

Purple Lights; Munich, Germany; 2012
Purple Lights; Munich, Germany; 2012

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