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Day 13: Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles

Wednesday Nov 24
Today we met the people from Viator at 8am for an 11 hour tour of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof castles. There were 83 people in our group. At first I wasn’t sure I’d like a big tour group, but we had a very nice modern double-decker bus, and it turned out to be a great way to see the castles.
The scenery going through the upper Bavarian Alps was beautiful. The first real snow of the season had just fallen, and since it was early in the morning, the snow was untouched by anything other than a few farm animals. The weather was a bit cold at 33 degrees, but that added to the charm of the scenery.

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Linderhof was built by King Ludwig II in the French Rococo style. Ludwig II never married and lived there alone with his servants. One thing that was very interesting about this castle was the magic dinner table. Ludwig would sit in his chair for dinner and the floor would open in front of him. Within 1 minute the table would rise from the kitchen below, with the first of his usual 8 course meal.
Our next stop was Oberammergau. This was such a quaint little town with paintings on the outside of many of the buildings. This town is known for fabulous, although expensive wood carvings…it did not disappoint.
Our final stop was King Ludwig’s Neushweinstein Castle. First, we stopped in the town below and had lunch. Next, we walked 1 mile uphill to get to the castle. We could’ve taken a carriage ride, but it only goes about half way up the mountain. It was a very long walk, but so worth it. The castle was very grand, with breathtaking views from all directions. It had a beautiful interior with a 2 ton chandelier...the biggest I've even seen! The master bedroom was very interesting. It had so much wood that it took 40 woodcarvers 4 years to complete. This fairytale castle was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
At the end of the day we boarded our bus for the ride back to Munich. We were very tired, and appreciated the comfy seats and the fact that we didn’t have to drive. As the sun went down it began to snow. It was a magical day.

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