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Neuschwanstein Castle aka Cinderella’s Castle {Germany}

I know we all say it, but I’m baffled at how fast time goes by the older we get. It seemed like just yesterday I found out I was pregnant, but that actually happened a year ago this week. How is that even possible? Do you know what also happened a year ago this week? You probably don’t since I never wrote about it at the time. Well, we went to Germany! I was really looking forward to this trip for two very specific reasons: 1) I couldn’t wait to gulp down some German beer and 2) the hotel we were staying at had a fantastic hot tub that people told me about and I couldn’t wait to relax in it with a cold beer in hand. Go figure that I found out about the baby a whopping week before this trip. No beer or hot tub for me.

I’m not going to say much about the photos below, because if I do then this post will never actually get published, and I think we’ve waited long enough already. So here’s the long version summed up in several bullet points followed by lots and lots of photos.

  • Germany rocks my socks off.
  • I actually had a sip or two of beer and it was delicious, especially since it was scorching out.
  • I also dipped my pinky in the hot tub. It felt wonderful. No baby was harmed in the two events above.
  • The yellow-hued castle is called Hohenschwangau Castle and it’s where King Ludwig II grew up. We toured that castle and it was pretty cool inside. Cool as in “interesting,” not cool as in “chilly.” It was so hot I felt like passing out.
  • The Neuschwanstein Castle was Walt Disney’s inspiration for the Cinderella Castle.
  • I’ve actually eaten inside Cinderella’s Castle. I have not eaten inside the Neuschwanstein Castle.
  • I almost cried when I saw that Cinderella’s Castle the Neuschwanstein Castle was under construction.
  • On the flip side, it was very, very cool. Seeing the Neuschwanstein Castle in person has been on my bucket list for years! 
  • Neuschwanstein means “New Swan Stone” and it got it’s name from Richard
    Wagner’s opera character (a favorite of King Ludwig), the Swan Night. 
  • There aren’t any photos from inside either castle because A) the first one didn’t allow cameras inside and B) the Neuschwanstein Castle was completely empty inside—also, I was hot, had morning sickness, and didn’t want to wait around to see an empty castle.  Sorry, I’m not sorry. 

I had a lot of fun playing with my wide-angle lens on this trip, and it still wasn’t wide enough to get everything in the shot. These castles were pretty huge! Okay, ready for a lot of photos? Here ya go:

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*linking up with Travel Tuesdays


  1. We didn't go in the castle you did, but we went in Neuschwanstein. I still remember it. Pretty darn cool. Wish I could have taken pictures. And I can't believe there were that many people on that bridge!! That's terrifying. I'm not normally afraid of heights but that bridge freaked me out, and there were only like 2-3 people on it when I was there.

  2. I was there like 11 years ago and would love to go back! The Marine Corps isn't fond of Europe though, so I doubt it will happen anytime soon. They were working on the castle at the time and I would love to have pictures without scaffolding.

  3. I went about a year ago as well and was bummed about the construction too! It isn't completely empty on the inside though. The bedroom has some incredible woodwork in it!

  4. I have been there as a teen and I still want to go back. Especially now that I have found my handsome prince. 😉 Might make the boys bring their knight helmets when we go. 😀 Beautiful photos. I love that you had a beer. I had a hot gluwein at the German Christmas market in Chicago because I was missing all my favourite things in Germany and was not going to stop me that I was pregnant. I called my mum and she said one glass would be fine. Glad you got to fully enjoy the castle! Would you go back?

    Thank you for linking up with us for Travel Tuesdays!

    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

  5. I'm from Germany, but I haven't been to Neuschwanstein in years! Actually, I don't even have any recollections of visiting, because I must have been so young! 😉 It's on my bucket list for Germany and your gorgeous pictures make me want to go even more badly!


  6. This looks absolutely gorgeous–a true fairytale come to life! I found you through the Tuesday Travel Linkup and am excited to read more about your adventures!

  7. I was supposed to go to Germany with my german class in 2007 but it got cancelled. I was devastated because I have always dreamed about seeing Neuschwanstein in person! I looks so amazing, and I have a weird fascination with castles 🙂

  8. So jealous you went there! So many beautiful buildings and the Germans are meant to be such a wonderful people. I love the picture that you have captioned – stunning!

  9. Can you believe that I've lived here in Germany for 3 and a half years and STILL haven't been there? Thanks for the gorgeous pictures, and the reminder to add it to our trip list for next year!

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