Yes, the castle that inspired Disney's own fairytale castle, and the setting of the classic film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. If you don't remember Chitty Chitty flying around that castle being fired on, then you have missed out in life.
I have visited the Schloss several times. We used to holiday in Germany when I was a kid, and I miss it so much. If ever there was a place I feel homesick for, it's Germany. I want so much to take my children to the magical places I visited when I was younger, but flights and/or 2 day long car journeys do not go well with ASD/ADHD kids.
I miss the scenery, the rivers, the wine, the pretzels, the beer, the wurst und frites, rodelbahns, everything. Germany will always hold my heart and one day I will go back. But when I do, Schloss Neuschwanstein will be high on my list.
Perched on a rugged hill, overlooking the lakes, Neuschwanstein was built by mad King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Although it looks like it has been there forever, photographs exist of it being built in the late 19th century.
I don't remember going round the inside although I may have as a small child. My most recent memory of it is when we visited when I was 19 and my M.E. was bad so instead of climbing the long road to the top we took a horse and cart. You can't access the castle by car, you park at the bottom and walk up or do what we did. It's certainly very fitting to approach such a romantic castle in a mode of transport as quaint as a horse and cart.
The castle itself is overwhelming in its majesty, and you never quite escape the feeling that it is very precariously perched on its mountain ledge. For the not so faint of heart there is a rope bridge crossing a ravine. No, I didn't attempt that.
Although just a fairytale to many, this castle has a solid foundation in my heart and will always call me back.
Auf wiedersehn, sehr schöne Schloß. Until we meet again.
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