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The lovely town of Fussen!

The lovely town of Fussen!

After visiting Neuschwanstein Castle we headed to Fussen, the southern end of the Romantic Road.

Fussen began as a Roman trading fort. Its medieval town center is framed by the majestic Alps, rising above the  the river Lech, and it is surrounded by lakes. It has a late-gothic castle, baroque cathedrals and the oldest preserved fresco in Bavaria.

Watch for the close up in the next photo.

Watch for the close up in the next photo.

Many of the buildings have paintings on them.

Many of the buildings have paintings on them.

Cute cafes were everywhere!

Cute cafes were everywhere!

These wrought iron signs seem to be typical, too.

These wrought iron signs seem to be typical, too.

The town is immaculate!

The town is immaculate!

Unfortunately, we didn't have time to visit the castle.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to visit the castle.

This is another place we'd love to spend more time in.

This is another place we’d love to spend more time in.

Below is St. Mang’s Basilica. It has the oldest fresco in Germany in its crypt, dating back to 980.

The clock tower.
This church was beautiful!

This church was beautiful! Kid in motion…

The organ!

The organ!

We then drove back to the small Bavarian village we were staying in, and went for dinner at a local restaurant recommended by our Airbnb hosts. We tried authentic Bavarian dishes and the local beer. Our waitress was very friendly and we muddled through with our minimal German:)

The food was excellent!

The food was excellent!

The next day (yesterday) we left for Verona, Italy.  We drove though spectacular Alpine scenery…past Innsbruck, Austria…into the Dolomites, and on to Verona.

Today we are doing a day trip to Lake Garda…gotta run!

Neuschwanstein Castle!

Neuschwanstein Castle!

Guidebooks say that this is the world’s most famous castle…the model for Disneyland’s castle.

This was at the beginning of the hike up to the castle.

This was at the beginning of the hike up to the castle.

“Crazy” King Ludwig II is famous for his two fantasy fairy-tale castles: Neuschwanstein Castle and Howenscwangau Castle.

We hiked up a canyon next to a waterfall.

We hiked up a canyon next to a waterfall.

They are Germany’s biggest tourist attractions!

Notice the bridge above Andy. We are about halfway to the bridge at this point.

Notice the bridge above Andy. We are about halfway to the bridge at this point.

The location of the castles is stunning!

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We finally arrived at the top, a 35 minute climb…we worked off our amazing, enormous breakfast provided by our wonderful Airbnb host!

According to Lonely Planet guidebook, King Ludwig planned this castle with the help of a help of a set designer instead of an architect!

There's Andy, waving his arms on the balcony.  There were tons of tourists there!

There’s Andy, waving his arms on the balcony. There were tons of tourists there!

It looks like a medieval castle but was building was begun in 1869, but never finished.

Must have a photo in front of the castle, even with random tourists posing for their own photos:)

Must have a photo in front of the castle, even with random tourists posing for their own photos:) At this point, Nate was ready to go back to our hosts’ home to play.

Apparently, King Ludwig only lived here for less than 180 days.

The castle actually looked very new up close. It had just been restored earlier this year.

The castle actually looked very new up close. It had just been restored earlier this year.

Next, we walked to Marienbrucke Bridge, the bridge I pointed out about Andy a few pictures ago.

Next, we walked to Marienbrucke Bridge, the bridge I pointed out above Andy a few pictures ago.

On the way to the bridge we passed this view of the place where King Ludwig lived as a boy.

Here's Howenschwangau Castle, where crazy King Ludwig lived as a boy.  Not a bad place to grow up!

Howenschwangau Castle… not a bad place to grow up!

Here's the view from the bridge!

Here’s the view from the bridge!

Then we walked down the hill to Hohenschwangau, the touristy town at the bottom of the hill.

Then we walked down the hill to Hohenschwangau, the touristy town at the bottom of the hill.

The picture above shows how far up we climbed to get to the castle!

The view of the castle from the town.  It shows how far we climbed to get to it!

The view of the castle from the town.

Again, this is a must-see if you are ever in this area!  Our day wasn’t even finished at this point.  We left here to go to Fussen: the final, southern-most town on the Romantic Road.  Pictures coming on the next post.

Gotta run, we are off to Italy now!

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Dinklesbuhl, Germany

The best adventures sometimes happen when things don’t go according to plan!  Here’s a photo of us waiting in Prague Airport for our flight to Cologne.

This is ALL we travel with...no checked bags!

This is ALL we travel with…no checked bags!

The original plan was to arrive in Cologne at 10 am, pick up our rental car, and drive to Bavaria, a five hour or so drive to our first night’s accommodation. We wanted to stop for lunch in a town somewhere on Germany’s Romantic Road.

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The whole town was full of these lovely medieval buildings.

Well, we had a fiasco with our rental car (more about that later) and we didn’t get out of the airport until noon.  We put in Dinklesbuhl in the car navigation system, but then decided to scratch the plan since we got such a late start, and go straight to our accommodations in Bavaria. So we reset the destination, and had an arrival time of 6pm.

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This was just one roof top!

At about 5:50pm, we discovered we were no where near where we thought we were in Bavaria.  Somehow Dinklesbuhl must have stayed on as a via point!

Look for the close up in the next photo.

Look for the close up in the next photo.

So, we were lost!  We didn’t have a map, so we couldn’t see the big picture of where we were in Germany, compared to where we wanted to go.

We were sad we only had a short time to spend here.

We were sad we only had a short time to spend here.

But since we were just a few kilometers away from Dinklesbuhl, we decided to stop and see it.

Notice the tower in the background.

Notice the tower in the background.

It was an excellent decision!

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We definitely want to come back here!

So I jumped out of the car and took some hurried photos.

Look for the close up in the next photo.

Look for the close up in the next photo.

It was definitely too short a time for this lovely place!

There were several buildings with paintings on them

There were several buildings with paintings on them

Be sure to visit this lovely town!

Be sure to visit this lovely town!

So then we found a gas station and purchased a map, and proceeded to our destination; another two hours through the beautiful German countryside.

Andy said it was the best driving day of his LIFE!!  There was a sticker on our rental car that said it had been tested for 210 kilometers an hour…we were driving at 100mph and getting passed by VWs racing by.  Andy said he pushed it to 200 kilometers per hour (120 mph) at one point:)  There’s no speed limit on the autobahn, so it was legal!

We arrived at our destination at 8:40pm, much later than expected, but it was a lovely misadventure.  We are staying in a lovely little village in a beautiful home we found through Airbnb.  Life is good!

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