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Europe Trip: Day 9 {Neuschwanstein & Munich, Germany}

On the ninth, and final, day of our trip we left Lermoos and set off for our 9 am tour of Neuschwanstein Castle in the village of Hohenschwangau, Germany.  We arrived a bit early so we decided to walk to the famous bridge that looks back at the castle from way up high above the river.  Most people go to the bridge after their tour so we arrived and were happy to see we were the only ones there.  I got some awesome pictures and after taking in the view we headed back to the gate to wait for our tour guide.  

We were lucky because since it was off season and we got one of the first tours of the day, we were only with two other people.  We learned about King Ludwig, who ascended the throne very young.  He was known as the "mad king" because of his extravagant and rather odd lifestyle.  The castle was one of many homes that he had and he designed it to be a combination of the styles of both the Middle Ages and Versailles.  He died before it was finished and if you look closely you can see some doors on the outside that don't lead anywhere.  The cause of his death is still unknown.  He was known for being a recluse and for being nocturnal.  We even visited the "cave" he had designed for complete darkness during the day.  It was a very magnificent place to tour and I was disappointed that it was never completed because if it had, it would have been unbelievable.  The smaller orange castle was designed for his father and we didn't end up touring that one since we didn't have a ton of time.

When we finished with the castle we walked back down to our car via a short hike through the gorge underneath the bridge.  It was beautiful!

We headed to Munich, our last destination and the end of our loop.  We left ourselves enough time to explore Munich a bit and of course get an iconic beer at the Hofbrauhaus.

Well that was the end our amazing trip.  We packed in so many sites and activities in four different countries in just nine short days and it was the perfect first time to Europe for me!  It sparked the travel bug inside me and I'm looking forward to more adventures in the near future! 

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