Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fussen, Germany

Known to us as 'Castle Country,' Fussen was a town that was recommended to us within the first two weeks of our arrival, and we continued to hear about it over the year. We weren't going to miss it. We even got lucky and had some wonderful friends join us for a quick weekend vacation to this stunning countryside.

The drive was a little over 4 hours from Zurich, and we arrived just in time to walk to Fussen and grab some lunch.

Amazing color of the Lech River

Walking into town from the hotel

Views  from along the river

Entering in the main part of Fussen

As we walked into town, we saw these, Schneeballen (snowballs).... YUM! 
Our first thought was to come right back after lunch and try them!
BIG Mistake! They are little bits of pastry dough glued together in the shape of a ball, then fried and dipped in chocolate. Deceiving. They tasted, well, like someone took 3 month old donuts from the bakery across the street, then fried them again and set them out for a few more weeks before selling them. I just learned that,"Schneeballträume made from short pastry deep-fried in butter-fat, served for the first time in 1719 on the occasion of an inspection of a mill."  1719, yep, we got the leftovers.

Loving the sunshine!

Ella and Mia hungry for lunch

I LOVE flower boxes. I love that everyone has them, I love that they make each house look perfect.


Walking from the hotel to dinner. Can't beat this country walk.

View from dinner, looking at the Neuschwanstein Castle

Getting to dinner was, naturally (because it's us), a challenge. We walked for a LONG time, only to find out that the restaurant was full. We turned around and headed down a road where we knew we could find what we wanted - a tv. It was still World Cup season, and the USA was playing that night. We found another restaurant with a tv, but it was full. The server directed us to this little farm house just down the road that could help us. It was adorable. We showed up unannounced to this tiny little restaurant/hotel, and the woman that ran the place was able to put together a fantastic, classic German dinner. A array of meats, cheese, breads and spreads! There were only 5 tables in the whole place, and we were the only ones there. After our girls finished their dinner, they got to play on the floor and be 2 year old girls without us worrying about them, while the adults watched the soccer game.

Sunday we woke up to blue skies and lots of excitement from the girls to go the the CASTLES! There was so much talk between them about meeting Cinderella, and seeing the princesses, and wearing their princess outfits, and on and on....

The two main attractions in Fussen are the Neuschweinstein Castle and the Hohenschwangau Castle.
The Hohenschwangau castle was built by King Ludwig's father, King Maximillian II of Bavaria. Completed in 1837, this was their official summer residence.

Our only group photo with Svenja, Mia and Tim. We took this in 1 shot with a self- timer!!
Behind us is Hohenschwangau, where King Ludwig II was raised.

The courtyard of Neuschwanstein. King Ludwig's dreamland

View of Hohenschwangau from Neuschwanstein

The Neuschweinstein Castle was completed in 1892 for King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The palace was designed by the King and intended as his personal refuge. However, it was opened to the public after his death in 1886. The castle took more than 20 years to complete, and Ludwig only resided in the castle for months. Because of Ludwigs death and elaborate spending, the building was stopped due to lack of money, so only a few rooms of the castle we completed. 
This castle is the inspiration for the famous Disney castle - can you blame him!

1 comment:

  1. you are so blessed! What a beautiful place to visit! I have never actually been out of the USA but maybe one day!! Found you through MBC!!