Today we arrived at the designated end of the Romantic Road, even though it’s not the end of the tour. We still have three more days.
The end of the Romantic Road is a small town in the foothills of the Alps, called Fussen. Fussen is only a short distance to the borders of Austria, Lichtenstein, and Switzerland.
It’s only a 100km drive south from Augsburg, but it’s as though we’ve driven into another country.
We stopped about 40kms out of Fussen for a coffee, and Angela rugged up. Here is a sequence of pics of Angela zipping up her jacket –
Note Angie’s eyes in this last image,
In fairness to her, this is before she had coffee….
Fussen is famous for being the stepping off point for the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle – the fairytale castle that Walt Disney fashioned his Fantasyland castle on…
It’s 6kms to the castle, and so we walked, being walkers as we are… It was overcast, but very beautiful.
We caught our first glimpse of the castle through the trees… (that out of focus smudge on the mountain side in the distance is in fact one of Europe’s most beautiful castles…)
And an adjacent castle, Hohenschwangau… (taken later, when the sun was out, on the walk back.)
We have tickets to visit the castle tomorrow, so today we visited the magnificent Museum of the Bavarian Kings to bone up on our history before we hit Neuschwanstein tomorrow.
A couple of swans were fossicking for food by a river bank.
Tonight we eat at a gorgeous local restaurant called Madam Plusch. I worry about the name. And that we might get extras with the meal…
Seeing we’re in castle land, another castle shot to finish the post!