July 27 2009: Augsburg and Füssen


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Our journey continues! In the morning of the 27th we woke up with enough time to see some things we had missed in Augsburg the day before. Our first stop that morning was to visit the City Hall, where apparently there was a “golden room” worth seeing. And wow, was it definitely worth seeing:

The detail in the statues, walls and ceiling were amazing, and the entire room glowed. Desi and I stood in awe for a few moments taking it all in.

Our next stop was a church (St. Georg), which was actually our first stop but there was a service taking place when we walked by the first time. As our luck would have it, the service had concluded and we were free to enter and take photos. So, in continuing my fisheye cathedral series, here is the next image in that set:

From here we headed to the train station and proceeded to board the train that would take us to Buchloe, transfer to Kaufbeuren, and transfer once more to Füssen. When we arrived in Füssen, the first thing we did was find some postcards to mail and reserve our seats for tomorrow’s departure. We didn’t have a place to stay, so we headed to the visitors center and they provided us a list of every hostel in town with vacancies. We quickly found one and within 30 minutes we were checked in to our room.

It was getting later in the afternoon, and we still hadn’t seen anything yet aside from the beautiful mountains coming into town. We found a taxi to take us to the castles, about 5-10 minutes outside of town. We arrived just in time to buy our tickets – we made it into the last tour of the day for Neuschwanstein Castle, the one we came to Füssen to see. So, we sat and ate a late lunch/early dinner and waited for the bus to take us up to see this:

Even with the construction, the view of the castle was breathtaking. So picturesque, and such a beautiful day. The bus ride up was scary though, with such narrow roads right near the edge of cliffs. On our way back we decided to walk, and it was actually much nicer that way. 🙂

We posed on the bridge where the best scenic view was and a passerby snapped a photo of Desi and I:

After playing with my camera for a while (Desi was very patient with me, as always 😉 ), we started walking closer to the castle where we would have a tour of the inside. I should also mention the beautiful wildflowers in and around the castle; here’s a sample of what we found:

The castle itself was quite big from the outside, as this photo of the courtyard illustrates:

Out time came and in we went, on a guided tour of Neuschwanstein Castle. The castle was only partially completed, so the tour brought us through all of the completed areas of the interior. No photographs were allowed on the inside, so I have no idea how this picture ended up on my memory card:

You were however allowed to take photos outside of the castle windows, which I took advantage of. This is probably one of my favourite scenic photos from this day:

We had a blast, and when we made our way back to town we got our pictures taken by some interesting animated artwork outside the tourist center:

After resting in our hostel for a while, Desi had the great idea to head out and find some desert at a local restaurant. The chocolate mousse and ice cream deserts we had were delicious (sadly no photos), but I did manage to take a photo of a statue in the town before we called it a night:

Such a wonderful day, so much was experienced in so little time that reflecting on it, this one day seems like it was at least three. Definitely our favourite castle. 🙂 We fell asleep fairly quickly as our train in the morning would leave at 7am, but that’s for the next post 🙂 Enjoy the photo gallery below!

Comments

  1. Desi
    October 5th, 2009 | 5:43 pm

    Lovely, amazing, wonderful, great, sweet, photos Donny. I love them all and sweetheart, you are always so patient with me too. Loving you so very much! Forever <3<3<3

  2. Sarah
    October 6th, 2009 | 8:20 pm

    Finally someplace I’ve actually been! Neuschwanstein is gorgeous! 😀 Did you go across that bridge? When I went in 2003 there wasn’t any construction, but I’d forgotten my camera that day. You took a bus up? We hiked up…

  3. Meme & Pepe
    October 7th, 2009 | 7:42 pm

    Great adventure and pictures.
    We may not comment about all your entries but
    we enjoy reading them. Keep them coming.
    Hope to see you and Desi this Thanksgiving weekend.

    Love Meme & Pepe

  4. Diane and Walter Enns
    October 9th, 2009 | 2:58 pm

    Hi Don and Desi

    Absolutely breathtaking photographs…my favorite picture is the gold ceiling at city hall next to that would be the mountain with the moon out during the day. Of course I love the pictures of you and Desi, you are such an adorable couple.

    Sounds like you had a fabulous time in Germany, what beautiful scenery especially the one with the castle in the mountain.

    looking forward to your next post.

    Love Mom and Walter

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