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A Day in Füssen

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Hotel on waterfront Hohenschwangau

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As we left on the train this morning the skies were grey but the forecast was promising. Yesterday on our journey the area between towns was covered with vineyards and orchards.Today as we travelled in another direction it was lush green rolling meadows with many cows. They love their cheese over here. We passed by a couple of lakes and could see mountains off in the distance. The views from the train made the journey quite pleasant. Unfortunately, our train was a little bit late and we just missed our connection again and had to wait an hour for the next one. Getting used to this now.

We arrived in Füssen around 2pm and walked the short distance to the hotel. It is situated right in the old town and is surrounded by beautiful old buildings. After checking in we made our way back to the train station to catch a bus to the two castles that this area is famous for. One of them, Neuschwanstein is reportedly the castle that inspired the one you see in Sleeping Beauty and is now used for the Disney logo. We arrived 30 minutes early at the bus stop and were the only people there. By the time the 2 buses arrived there were enough people to totally fill both of them. We had no intention of going inside the castles because I had read that they were rather disappointing. We wanted to go to the bridge, Marienbrücke, that has the best viewing spot for the main castle. It’s quite a winding road to the top and the shuttle bus driver went very fast. You can also go up in a horse and carriage but I would feel very guilty doing that. The poor horses look very tired. After alighting from the bus we walked towards the bridge but so did many others. It is only a short walk from the shuttle to the bridge but we ended up in a queue not far from the drop off point. The line moved very slowly. The majority of people spend quite a bit of time on the bridge trying to get the perfect selfie and that creates a big logjam.. We eventually made it to the bridge and Vicki was very nervous because the wooden boards you walk on move about quite a bit. We had a slight communication breakdown. Vicki continued on to the other side of the bridge but we were supposed to turn around and go back to the shuttle. When I turned around after taking some photos she was nowhere in sight. I assumed she had gone back but she wasn’t waiting for me when I got off the bridge. I phoned her to find out where she was and she wasn’t very happy when she found out she walked all the way over the bridge for no reason and then had to walk all the way back. We walked back to catch the shuttle back down the hill. Another long line. At the bottom we walked around the streets and down to the lake. We didn’t walk up to the other castle because we were running out of energy. We just viewed it from down on the main street. The buildings on site are beautiful and the location is lovely. These royals certainly knew how to live.

We walked to the bus stop to catch the bus back to Füssen, another long line. About 10 minutes later a bus arrived. It was quite late and already very full. We didn’t make it onto that one. No problem, next bus was due in 15 minutes. Forty minutes later the bus arrived and the lineup was out of sight. We were near the front of the queue so we were able to get on and better yet, get seats. Heaven only knows how much waiting you would have to do in peak season. The castles and area are lovely but I don’t think it’s worth wasting that much time especially when you’re standing around on hard ground.

We went back to the hotel to get our cardigans as it was starting to get cool. We walked around the old town area then had dinner at one of the many restaurants. I was finally able to get some vegetables, which is actually quite difficult over here. It rarely seems to be an option. The tables in the restaurant were very close to each other and we could overhear the couple next to us who arrived when we were eating our meal. They were obviously Australian and we started up a conversation. They were from Melbourne and this was their first time in Europe. They’re here for 6 weeks and about halfway through their holiday.
After dinner we strolled back to the hotel and Vicki had a gelato.

It was rather noisy in the street near our hotel because of all the restaurants but I managed to fall asleep quite easily.

Our internet has been a bit poor over the last few days but hopefully it will be better from now on.

Posted by caties55 20:05 Archived in Germany

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