One of the great things about my job is that I not only get paid to travel the world, I also get to meet up with my family! My little brother Matt recently moved to Munich with his girlfriend Miriam, and when I saw a flight to Munich on my roster, I knew we would have to do something fun!
Inspired by my friend Taylor’s trip to Neuschwanstein Castle back in the summer (check out her blog here: www.volarelearningtofly.wordpress.com) I decided a day trip to the mountains was on the cards.
It was a pretty gloomy day, and after an early start and just under 2 hours of driving, we arrived in the village of Hohenschwangau, where the castle is perched on top of the hill.
As the inside is only accessible via guided tour, we paid for our tickets and had around an hour to kill before the 1/2 hour tour. That could only mean one thing – Kaffee und Kuchen! (German for coffee & cake – usually served in the afternoon, but we decided to break tradition!).
To get up to the castle you can either walk, take a bus or a horse and carriage. Of course I needed to get as much fresh air as possible before being stuck in a metal tube again, so we walked up the rather steep slope to the top.
Luckily the snow was only on the mountain tops, so it wasn’t too slippery!
Once inside, we joined our tour and walked around the inside of the castle.
There was a little balcony in the last room which had stunning views out into the countryside.
The tour was not actually really necessary, as you could still get the great views just by walking around the outside of the castle.
We had seen a suspension bridge whilst peering out of one of the windows, and made it our mission to find the bridge!
As the walk to the bridge was pretty steep, we made Matt carry both of our bags! Don’t they suit him? 😉
Once on the very wobbly bridge, the view of the castle was just amazing. Right out of a fairytale!
We slowly made our way back to where we had walked up from, and noticed the horses & carriages!
And at only 3 Euro per person, we thought we’d treat ourselves to a little horse and carriage ride down the hillside!
It wasn’t quite the same way we’d walked up, but still pretty steep. Luckily the horses managed to manoeuvre their way down without any problems!
Before we knew it it was time to make the drive back to Munich. Matt dropped me off at the hotel where I had a very quick sit down and a coffee before the overnight flight home.
Thanks Matt & Miriam for having me to stay, and for taking me to the fairytale castle!
P.s. On another note, check out the interview I did for a travel website here!