Above Left: Neuschwanstein viewed from back porch.
Above Right: Neuschwanstein viewed from town.
Schwangau, Neuschwanstein: Morning
Above Left: We are at the spot where all the roads come together.
Above Right: Flags of the Welt (World) - We're in the ticket shop. Tickets are sold with tour times - that is way better than having to queue up and wait. Oh, do you want to ride the bus up the steep hill? Oh, do you want to ride the bus back to town?
Above: Ride options; at least the local farmers get in on some of the action if one rides a horse drawn open coach.
Above Left: We do something very smart: We join in with an Asian tour group (since we are riding a bus together). Most of them spoke English, and we spoke enough Korean, Mandarin, and Japanese to be readily accepted. One of the Japanese grand Fathers tells us how happy he is, because he has been invited by his daughter-in-law to live with them. This is a big deal, we will take a picture with him at the castle, it makes his day!
Above Right: Walking path to the Castle (left) or St Mary's Bridge (straight ahead). We did not go to the bridge and in hind-sight, we probably should have.
Above Left: We are walking on a forest trail and then we see Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle at the same time. Everyone stops and takes pictures, this is Neuschwanstein Castle.
Above Right: Hohenschwangau Castle.
Above Left: We are with our new found Asian Friends - Terry and Neuschwanstein Castle.
Above Right: View of Neuschwanstein Castle from the trail; after this moment we will be too close for a picture of the entire castle.
Above Left: Map of Schloss (Castle) Neuschwanstein (New-Swan-Stone).
Above Right: König (King) Ludwig II - He was a young guy with more money than sense.
Above: Schloss (Castle) Neuschwanstein.
Above Left: It is difficult to see, but St Mary's Bridge is in the sun across that chasm; it offers a good eye level view of Schloss (Castle) Neuschwanstein from about 300 meters away and, of course, a beautiful natural Alp Waterfall.
Above Right: One of many Neuschwanstein Turrets (Rooks).
Above: Neuschwanstein, south end of the castle; the sun is just peeking over the mountains, it is about 0915 Hrs. One can almost discern the main two stone colors, a pale gray and a pale tan.
Above: We learn that we generally cannot take pictures inside the castle - Schloss Neuschwanstein Posters for sale at the Castle Store.
Above Left: Our latest friend, Japanese Grandfather, and Terry.
Above Right: Other acquaintances; having a good time. We are all on the same tour (same group start-time).
We are on tour here, but can only take limited pictures:
The original windows were double paned for insulation.
There was hot water plumbing, and bath tubs and sinks had hot and cold running water.
There was a central plumbed drain.
There were flush toilets (perhaps from Sir Crapper, for real).
Sir Thomas Crapper, attributed to inventing the flush toilet, was a nephew of Queen Elizabeth..
Siemens, probably himself, installed a phone line from the guard shack to a central castle operator.
The Castle was wired for an electrical room and service intercom system.
The electrical system worked on a 6 volt battery that is still on display,
in fact the entire system is serviceable.
Q: What did King Ludwig call his Toilet? A: His Throne. Q: What was King Ludwig's favorite color? A: Royal Blue (for real). Q: ? A: Royal Flush.
Above: Neuschwanstein Kitchen Views.
Above Left: Kitchen.
Above Right: Underground Passageway.
Above: Model of Neuschwanstein showing the layout.
Above Left: View of Hohenschwangau Castle from Neuschwanstein Castle.
Above Right: Inlaid Wood Area View; Neuschwanstein at the top of the hill (center) and Hohenschwangau on the left side of the image.
Above: Hohenschwangau Castle as viewed from downtown Schwangau.
Above Left: Signpost, see the bike symbol at the bottom too.
Above Right: Neuschwanstein Castle as viewed from downtown Schwangau.
Schwangau: Roman Spa/Bath Discovered at foot of Gondola Dig; Late Morning
Above Left: Section of the discovered Roman Spa/Bath - the location was where the pylon was to be dug for the Gondola (which is about 30 meters/yards away).
Above Right: Artists View, probably very accurate; much is known about Roman Baths.
Above Left: This is a map of the Roman Road, Via Claudia Augusta, and how places connected from a northern Roman Empire perspective.
Above Right: About Roman Health and Well-Being.
Schwangau: Gondola Ride; Late Morning
Above Left: Neuschwanstein Castle.
Above Right: Hohenschwangau Castle.
Above Left: Ray is in the picture.
Above Right: Terry is in the picture.
Above Left: Hang Glider Launch; We see a few, all are successful.
Above Right: This is the mountain top above Schwangau (Germany, Bavaria Area of Alps). The Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles are just out of view to the left side (same with Austria). I'm with Ray and Terry and it is a beautiful day - We were going to hike down to Neuschwanstein, but the trail is closed. To reward ourselves, we decide to go to a Cheese Restaurant - Yum!
Above Left: Austrian Alps.
Above Right: German Alps.
Cheese House, Schwangau, Germany: Mid-Afternoon
Above: Cheese Choices.
Above Left: Local Farm Goods.
Above Right: Cow Bells.
Above: The end of lunch.
Above: A seven-pack of local bier choices.
Bike Ride Around Forggensee (Forggen Lake
~ 70 k), Germany: Late-Afternoon
Above Left: We're off. We have directional choices. Ray is leading.
Above Right: Happy cattle - We are in Dairy Country.
Above: Psychosomatic Klink.
Above Left: We are at the head water area of Forggensee. This spot is a known Roman Camp Area (other associated words to the Latin word 'Camp' are Campaign, Campagna, Champagne, and Campus).
Before Forggensee was created, there was a Roman Road called 'Via Claudia Augusta' that paralleled the river. The Roman Road is now under the lake, but occasionally when the lake is low or drained, one can see the old road (which eventually leads to Rome by way of Austria and through Südtirol area of northern Italy).
Above Right: About Roman roads and making roads.
We have effectively ridden halfway around the lake at this location
Above Left: Forggensee Tour Boat.
Above Right: We are now riding generally south, into the sun.
Above Left: Forggensee Yacht Club. Many pictures, including this particular one, were taken while the bicycle was in motion.
Above Right: Just like at home.
Above: I have never seen this before. It is a spare inner-tube dispenser (left image). It cost €6/Tube. It is interesting that the German word for Innertube is Schläuche (Hose); Fahrrad of course is Bicycle. The guy that put this up also runs a sort of Bicycle Inn/Hospice (right image).
Above: Honey Farm - we are within 30 meters of the previous picture's location. Like many camera ready situations, everything seems to be happening in this one spot, right now. I'm waiting for these guys to go by to take the Honey Picture and I suddenly realize, this is a picture too - Two guys on bikes recovering a third bike. Having done this very thing before, I appreciate the ease at which this gentleman is moving a bike while biking himself - He did a way better job of the task than I did.
Above Left: Forggensee (looking eastward).
Above Right: Forggensee plus Neuschwanstein Castle in the far background on the right side of the image (looking southeast).
Above Left: Restaurant Menu at the Festival Center.
Above Right: As I understand this, a Festival Center was built with a beautiful view of the Forggensee, but it never succeeded as a business, and now it serves as a facility for various government departments and it does host operas or shows occasionally (usually in the summer).
Above: Views of Forggensee and Neuschwanstein Castle from the Festival Center.
Above: Dennis and Terry Struck (and the Bee) on tour in Germany [Picture by Ray].
Above Left: Ray's cool ride, plus Ray!
Above Right: This is an interesting picture. It is an eye level view of a dammed up water body (Forggensee) with two ducks floating on the water top. We happened to be biking across the reservoir face when the photo opportunity arose.
Above Left: We have almost ridden back to our motel
and staging area in Schwangau.
Above Right: The last sighting of Neuschwanstein Castle before sunset.
Above: Composite photograph of a Classic Bavarian First Class Hostelry: Hotel Weinbauer.
Above Left: The other side of Hotel Weinbauer.
Above Right: The Bee is to be disassembled and packed away - We leave in two days.