Results tagged “Washing” from Europe Honeymoon 2008

So had stress dreams about the castles overnight :( Mind running round and round in circles about how best to do it heh.

Breakfast was pretty decent, even had bacon - woot! :)

So we had a *very* early start, getting to the castles ticket office just after 8am. Got ourselves into the 9:10 Hohenschwangau tour and the 11:10 Neuschwanstein tour.

We walked ourselves up to Hohenschwangau the "slow" way, which probably took twenty minutes cause we kept stopping. (They say the steep way would take twenty minutes, but I reckon it'd take about five). The tour was pretty good (except for no photos :/ ). Saw lots of the castle and it was pretty interesting. So quite enjoyed that.


Alpsee 


Beautifully stacked wood 

Hohenschwangau
Hohenschwangau 


Neuschwanstein from Hohenschwangau 


Hohenschwangau

Went back down the hill to wait for a bus up the other hill. It dropped us near the top and we walked up to Marienbrücke to see the view from there. Then it was down to the castle for our tour. We had a bit of time before it started so wandered around for a bit. Then about a minute before we were due to go in, we read on the sign that bulky backpacks needed to be checked. So of course I panicked. Because I'd looked at the sign before and saw icons for NO anything-else, but no mention of backpacks.  We went back to the checking place and paid two euro for a locker. (As it turns out, that's just a deposit which we got back). But someone else on our tour had a much bigger backpack than me and they didn't even say anything, so that was all a bit annoying. But at least I didn't have to lug it around.


Iconic Neuschwanstein picture from Marienbrücke 


The American couple we met took this picture of us at Neuschwanstein 


Looking down at Alpsee and Hohenschwangau from above Neuschwanstein 


Hohenschwangau from above Neuschwanstein 


Front entrance of Neuschwanstein 


Courtyard from under the gates 


Courtyard area 


Back of the gatehouse 


Courtyard showing the location of the chapel that was never completed

Anyways the tour of Neuschwanstein was a lot bigger (in terms of numbers) and so we didn't get nearly as much commentary because we had to wait a lot longer for everyone to get into the rooms. And didn't seem to see that much either. Apparently seventeen rooms were completed before Ludwig died. We were thinking on the way out it might have been nice to see some of the incomplete rooms, but I suppose we did - in the form of a couple of gift shops.. hrmmm. Anyway so didn't enjoy that tour as much but it was still nice to see some things.


Model of Neuschwanstein

So then started back down, and took a horse carriage ride back down the mountain. That was a very pleasant ride. (While waiting I saw someone with my camera. I thought that was pretty cool, until she pushed in in front of us to take the front seat in the carriage. Have I ever mentioned how much I hate pushins? :/ But we did talk to an American couple from Texas who were in Europe for their honeymoon too! They were on our tour as well and we kept seeing them before and after as well heh).


Exterior lower walls of Neuschwanstein 


This woman has my camera. She is also very rude and a push-in. 


We rode a cart pulled by these horses down from the castle (in the background)

Next stop was Tegelberg, where we thought we might get some more views of the castles. We had lunch up there, overlooking the Alps. Was gorgeous :)  Walked up the mountain after lunch, and then down the mountain, and even across the mountain, but no luck seeing the castles :/  Oh well, so then came down the cable car and finally left the area.. At 4:20pm heh. Drove north, through Landsburg, not actually stopping but going through the old town and taking photos anyway, and then onto Augsburg.


Can you tell is thrilled to be being dragged up another mountain?


Neuschwanstein from the Tegelbergbahn 


Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Tegelbergbahn


German and Austrian Alps from Tegelberg 


Beer on top of Tegelberg 


Hanggliders waiting for the right conditions to take off from Tegelburg


Looking down to the cable car station from near the summit of Tegelburg 


The Birds!! Hanggliders actually :) 


Hauptplatz in Landsberg am Lech 


Sandauer Tor, Landsberg am Lech 


Sign indicating we were on the "Romantische Straße", on Augsburg
Straße just north of Landsberg am Lech


Checked into our hotel, then out to find a waschsalon. The nice thing about this one was it was right next to a Vietnamese restaurant, so we had dinner there while our clothes washed and dried. Was the most pleasant washing experience of the whole trip :)


Wood carvings in the table at the Vietnamese restaurant

And finally back here to crash. Think got a little sunburnt up the mountain today.. Oops...
Hrmm. Worst day so far methinks...

Started off ok. Had lots of yummy bacon for breakfast. Was a late start too because the weather didn't inspire us to get up. So didn't leave our hotel til about 11:15. Walked back to the hauptbahnhof and jumped on a train to Munich - didn't even worry about reserving this time either, and a good thing too, the train wasn't crowded at all.

Our train to Munich
Our train to Munich

So arrived in Munich. Stu wanted to get another memory stick for his camera, so we wandered into town to try and find somewhere to get it. That mission was quite successful, we found a Saturn store quite quickly. Then went to the cathedral to have a very quick look at it, then went back to the station to pick up our hire car. That all went ok, except we got an Opel instead of the Peugeot we reserved, and the thing is manual which adds another layer of pain to driving around here (it's bad enough to have to drive on the wrong side of the road and have the blinker lever on the wrong side).  And it's a horrible boxy thing, with blindspots everywhere :(

Justizpalast - Palace of Justice - courthouse
Justizpalast - Palace of Justice - courthouse 

Fountain in Karlsplatz
Fountain in Karlsplatz 

Karlstor
Karlstor 

Frauenkirche
Frauenkirche 

Fountain outside the Frauenkirche
Fountain outside the Frauenkirche

Interior of the Frauenkirche
Interior of the Frauenkirche 

Stained glass window
Stained glass window 

Organ in the Frauenkirche
Organ in the Frauenkirche 

Roof of the Frauenkirche
Roof of the Frauenkirche

Anyways, so having seen practically nothing in Munich, we decided to get out of town and head for Ulm, with the idea being to see some of the old town there and stay the night.

Well of course actually getting out of Munich was pretty traumatic, wasn't it? Urrggghhh. The autobahn trip wasn't as bad, but still required a lot of concentration, not helped by roadworks most of the way along :/

One of many roadworks sites on the autobahn
One of many roadworks sites on the autobahn 

Red bridge on the autobahn
Red bridge on the autobahn. I could have sworn we drove over
this again later in the trip but don't know how..


Then we got to Ulm. But we didn't have a place to stay organised in advance so it was a case of looking for hotels. Except we couldn't just pull over or stop anywhere cause we were on roads that didn't allow that. So we passed through the centre of town and were well out the other side before we had a chance to stop :( Got copliot to give us the nearest hotel, so got there ok, but it was booked out, but they did nicely call another one for us so went to that one. Fortunately being so far out of town, they actually had easy parking.

So by this time it was 7pm, but we needed to de-stress before going out again. So here it is, 9:15pm, and we're at a waschsalon doing our laundry, having gotten snacks at a local supermarket for dinner while we waited. Totally missed out on getting to see Ulm. We did glimpse the cathedral on the way through, and like most places we've seen in Germany and Austria it's surrounded by scaffolding :( It's getting a bit tiresome that :(

We're quite worried now about how stressful the next week is going to be. We'd book places in advance if we knew where we were going to be. But is going to be hard going into towns when we know stressful finding parking will be :(

*sigh*