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Over the border into Germany.


A pink German rose, Fussen

Next day we took the train to Reutte, then caught the bus to Fussen. It was an entertaining journey with a very stressed driver. Lots of foreigners, Japanese, Chinese etc, kept getting on the bus and saying in English: "Can I buy a ticket?" The driver kept misunderstanding them and shouting"No, Bayern tickets are only for Germany. You must pay." This happened about four times. We considered trying to put the driver out of his misery, but were too busy laughing to do so - evil people that we are. We were almost half way to Fussen when the driver received a phone call that a bus had arrived late and had passengers who had intended to connect to the service for Fussen, so he had to turn round and go back for them. He was not amused. After that, in such a quiet non-crowded part of the world, we hit roadworks, but we got to Fussen in the end.

A red German rose, Fussen.

We have been to the town of Fussen many times and although it is beautiful we just quickly passed through it. Our intention was to walk to the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, not to visit the castles themselves, as we have already done this, but to swim in the Schwansee -Swan Lake - on route and then in the Alpsee when we reached the castles.

On the walk we passed some graffiti depicting Che Guevara. This interested me because after Europe we would be heading to Cuba.

Che Guevara.

We walked through the woods towards Schwansee passing beautiful flowers, butterflies and ponds filled with water-lilies on route.

Walking through the woods.




After swimming in Swan Lake and enjoying a bit of sunshine, we headed off for the castles again. It was quiet in the woods except for the drone of the occasional insect or call of the occasional bird.

Swan Lake

Swan Lake

Sign post for the castles.





Hohenschwangau Castle was built by King Maximilian II of Bavaria and was the childhood residence of his son, who later became King Ludwig II. Maximilian II discovered an old run-down royal castle, Schwanstein, while he was out hiking. He found the castle's surroundings beautiful and decided to reconstruct it. The reconstruction began in 1833. When it was finished, Hohenschwangau became the official summer residence of Maximilian, his wife - Marie of Prussia, and their two sons: Ludwig and Otto.

When King Maximilian died in 1864, his son Ludwig became king and moved into Hohenschwangau Castle, but he was already planning a newer grander castle on the mountain opposite - partly to get away from his mother. This new castle was to become Neuschwanstein. Over time, Ludwig became more and more reclusive and more and more obsessed with building castles. He ended up spending more than he could afford. Finally, he was declared insane and deposed from power. Shortly afterwards he died mysteriously in Lake Starnberg, along with the doctor who had certified him insane. A great deal of mystery surrounds his death. The castles he built, which were once seen as a huge waste of money, are now one of Germany's biggest tourist magnets. Maybe he was a visionary rather than a maniac.

The Village of Hohenschwangau is crowded and filled with tourists. We quickly passed through it to the Alp See where we had a relaxing swim.

The Alpsee

The Alpsee.

The Alpsee

After our swim we took a ridiculously crowded bus back to Fussen and walked to its waterfall - Lechfall. We stood on the bridge and marvelled at the powerful descent of the water down below us. From the falls we caught a bus back to Reutte and the train back to Heiterwang in time for dinner.

The Lechfall

The Lechfall.

Looking towards the old town Fussen.

Next day, sadly, we were leaving the Tyrol. We travelled through rather atmospheric rainy scenery to Munich, it was especially lovely around Ehrwald and the Zugspitze. Then we took a train to Nuremberg. We met up with a friend who lives there and ate Nuremberg sausages together before having a quick wander around the city. Then our friend took us to the airport where we caught a flight to the UK. We would spend two nights there then fly to Cuba.

Ehrwald on a stormy day.

Ehrwald on a stormy day.

Ehrwald on a stormy day.

With a friend in Nuremberg.


Eating sausages in Nuremberg.

Posted by irenevt 23:10 Archived in Germany Tagged lakes castles germany swimming bavaria

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Lovely photos, i enjoyed this part of Germany

by alectrevor

I have to visit this castle as well!

By the way...I think I am learning how to create a blog here!!!


by Maurizioagos

Thank you Alec. It is a very, very beautiful area with wonderful natural scenery..

Maurizio, I am laughed at at work for my lack of IT knowledge, but I can produce something resembling a blog on here. I'm sure you will be able to do it. Give it a go.

Thank you both for visiting. Cheers,


by irenevt

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