Personal Post: Travel – Austria and Germany Part 2

The fairytale trip continues with enchanting castles, horses, swans, gorgeous mountains and elaborate fountains!

Eric and I took a trip to Austria and Germany in May for 11 days. Click here for Part 1 in Austria and see below for Part 2 including castles throughout Bavaria.

King Ludwig (1845-1886) was born and raised at the Hohenschwangau Castle and took over the throne at the age of 18. He created an ideal fantasy world as a refuge from reality by building three castles: the nearby Neuschwanstein, the Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee, and the Linderhof Palace.

Neuschwanstein was built in honor of Richard Wagner, the world-renowned opera composer. Many rooms inside the castle were inspired by Wagner’s characters. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed inside the castles, but I did take lots of photos of the exteriors!

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Traveling from castle to castle we saw some beautiful scenery.

Hohenschwangau Germany travel

Horse and Carriage Germany

The Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee was modeled after the Palace of Versailles in France. The highlights include the State Staircase, the State Bedroom and the Great Hall of Mirrors.

Herrenchiemsee Royal Palace

Eric took this awesome panoramic photo with his iPhone!

Herrenchiemsee Palace garden panoramic

The Hohenschwangau Castle was built on the remains of the fortress Schuangau, which dates back to the 12th century. A family of knights was responsible for the construction of the medieval fortress. It is considered a jewel of German romanticism.

Hohenschwangau Castle, Germany

Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle, Germany

Hohenschwangau Castle, Germany

The Alps are so gorgeous they don’t even look real! Standing there at Lake Plansee I couldn’t believe my eyes. The snow-capped mountains, the crystal clear waters and the rolling hills made my mom want to start singing, “The hills are alive with the sound of muuuuuuusic.”

Alps Mountains Germany travel

Alps Mountains Germany travel

The last castle we visited was Linderhof, built in the baroque style around Ludwig’s hunting grounds. Whenever Ludwig was in residence, rather than flying a flag, he set two large swan figures outside the doors of the palace.

Linderhof Palace

The slideshow includes more photos of the castles along with a stop in Oberammergau, the Weiskirche Church and the Ettal Abbey where monks have been brewing beer and making liquors for centuries. Check out more photos in the slideshow:

The last part of our trip is coming up next in Part 3: Munich and the Hofbräuhaus and the medieval city of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Coming soon!

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  1. Nick

    June 22nd, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Awesome pictures

  2. Personal Post: Travel – Austria and Germany Part 3 - - Jessica Schmitt Photography Blog

    July 24th, 2014 at 12:07 pm

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