Happy New Year!
Decided to spend our last day in Fussen hiking to Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein castles and learning about Ludwig II.
Hohenschwangau Castle is a 19th-century palace in southern Germany. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria. It is located in the German village of Hohenschwangau near the town of Füssen, part of the county of Ostallgäu in southwestern Bavaria, Germany, very close to the border with Austria.
Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangaunear Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and in honour of Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds.
"I want to remain an eternal mystery to myself and others"...... the young King Ludwig II once wrote in a letter to his former teacher, Ms. Sybille Meilhaus. Indeed, he has succeeded in remaining a mystery to this day.
Excerpt of the Chronicle of Schwangau: On 12th June, the arrest of King Ludwig II was made at Neuschwanstein Castle. Schwangauer citizens and Schwangauer firefighers wanted to defend their king, but he called for calm and restraint. They brought the incapacitated King secretely to the Castle of Berg. Guards watched the king constantly as he protested violently against his extradiction to the Castle of Berg. However, for inexplicable reasons, the early evening observation was cancelled. At 6.45 p.m. the king and Dr. von Gudden left the castle for a stroll. As both had still not returned by late 8 p.m. everybody went out to search for them and their two bodies were found around 11 p.m. in Lake Starnberg close to the Castle Berg. Even today, in particular the residents of Schwangau but also many admirers and fans, feel most deeply connected with "their" king. His castles are living stone testimonies of a misanthropic dreamer and idealism. Today they are magical attractions for visitors from all over the world.
After we returned to Fussen we had some proper German cuisine (just think heavy + cheese + potato) then we heading to the river to watch a New Years event that Fussen holds every year. Dozens of swimmers take to the River Lech bearing torches.
These swimmers plunge into the river and float downstream past the towns historical center. People gather all over the Thereseinbrucke bridge and cheer.
Then folks stand along the banks of the River Lech to watch the fireworks bring in the New Year
Fortunately it was just a short walk back to our old town apartment so we could warm up after spending a couple of hours by the river.
Oh forgot to mentioned we found a damphnudel like dessert (not quite the same) but still tasty