Today was one of the highlights of our trip. We visited Hohenschwangau Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle in southern Germany. After the long drive from Donauworth, we arrived in Fussen at about noon. After picking up our tour tickets, we had some time to kill so we started with a walk to Hohenschwangau Castle.
Today we woke up early and drove south to a small town called Nordlingen. This was our fourth stop along the Romantic Road tour in southern Germany. We started by a visit to the Lutheran chapel, St. Georgskirche, and a climb to the top of the bell tower. The views from the top were great.
Yesterday I landed in Frankfurt after 14 hrs of security checks, flying, and layovers. After meeting up with Katie in Karlsruhe, we headed to Wurzburg. This small town rests on the Main River and has been continuously inhabited since the 8th century. Overlooking Wurzburg is the Marienberg Fortress which we hiked to on Friday night.
Bacharach is a relatively unknown tourist destination in western Germany. This small town along the Rhine River provides a great way to see the Rhine Valley and Stahleck Castle.
Today I went to Berchtesgaden, Germany. This is a very small town near the German-Austrian border where Kehlsteinhaus (The Eagle’s Nest) is located. The Eagle’s Nest was a 50th birthday present to Adolf Hitler from the Third Reich. It is a house on the top of a mountain, reachable by a gold-plated elevator. Ironic, because Hitler was afraid of heights.