Monday June 22nd
Today we drove for about 2 hours to the town of Fussen to explore the Neuschwanstein Castle. As we drove up to the castle, we were all struck by its beauty. The castle is positioned on the side of a mountain overlooking a valley. Then we learned that we would all have to walk up this same mountain in order to see the castle. So we walked for 40 minutes in the pouring rain, uphill both ways, barefoot, without coats or umbrellas (OK, some of those are not completely true). However, the trek was totally worth it. The inside of the castle was incredibly beautiful. Too bad King Ludwig II only got to live there for about 100 days before being declared insane and taken away from his residence (The King and his psychiatrist were found dead, facedown in shallow water 2 days later). The castle rooms were never fully completed were very exquisite.
After touring the castle, we walked over to a rickety wooden bridge to take a picture of the team with the castle in the background. Unfortunately, some of the team didn’t trust the bridge and didn’t make it into the picture. After some souvenir shopping, we headed back to Munich. We had dinner at the famous Hofbrauhaus for traditional German food and beverages (for instance, beer is often served by the liter). Some of us called it in early and some of us stayed out a little later, but we all had a great day 8.