Sunday, November 09, 2008

Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau and the Weiskirche

A year ago today we toured Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles and the Weiskirche before driving on to our hotel in Munich. I've already posted on them before. Below are those posts republished with minor editing.

Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwnagau (originally published here).

Here are some of the pictures of Mad King Ludwig's boyhood home and his famous castle. It began snowing while we were there and it added to the experience.Some of the older people chose to ride up in the horse-drawn carriage, instead of walk all the way up and back down.

Once at the top, the view, even amidst the snow-fall was breath-taking.

On the way up and down we saw views like this lovely fresh mountain spring.

At the top you're greeted with amazing views of the castle itself.

They don't allow pictures taken inside so I bought an inexpensive guide book that has all the pictures of the inside rooms and the descriptions. Well worth the cost.

Back down in the valley we had time to get a bite to eat. Unfortunately everything was closed except for one or two very expensive restaurants. We didn't choose that option because a. we didn't want to spend the money and b. we didn't want to spend the time it takes to eat a restaurant meal.

But do you see that white building down the way? There, just beyond the yellow building? That is where you buy your tickets; inside was a pretzel case, we bought one of those and ate it. That was enough to keep us going until supper. If you were to look right while standing here you'd see Neuschwanstein, and if you would look left, Hohenschwangau.

Here is Hohenschwangau. We didn't tour it but the parking lot where our bus had to park was right below it. Beautiful places these were.

Ad this is one of my my favorite pictures. There were still roses blooming and then the snowfall on top was simply beautiful.

And here is the post on the Weiskirche (originally posted here)

The Church in the Meadow:

It is in the middle of the countryside of Germany near Neuschwanstein Castle. We had a brief stop to visit this church after visiting Newuschwanstein on our way to Munich. It was a cold day, and being a very big, stone church, it was quite cold inside too.

The inside was quite over-the-top I thought. Very, very ornate and busy, everything was painted, even the ceiling. I didn't even desire to take any pictures as this was my least favorite church in Germany. (Here is my favorite church.) This picture (above) of the outside was taken by my brother-in-law Mark. But if you want to see a picture of the inside then pull out your current Gottesdienst issue (Trinity 2008). The cover picture is from the inside of the Wieskirche.

What? You don't subscribe to Gottesdienst? Then go here, and and do so. If you can't wait that long, then find someone who does subscribe and borrow their issue. Besides the beautiful cover art, the articles on the inside are absolutely superb. I always learn a thing or two from them.


Janet said...

We stopped at that same pretzel stand at Neuschwanstein! We may have eaten a Wurst, too, if I remember correctly. There are no good quick-food options there. You have some fabulous photos.

Since we are leaving Germany next spring/summer, I'm already starting to feel a bit "homesick" for the country where my children have spent the majority of their lives. But as you can attest, it's a beautiful place to visit again and again!

AmusedMomma said...

Wow -- how lovely!

I hope you'll continue to share photos because these are just fantastic!

Glenda said...

If there had been Wurst available, we would have had some too. Enjoy Germany while you can, what a neat experience you've enjoyed.

Thanks amusedmomma, I'm glad you like the pictures.