Travel to Bavaria and Southern Germany – Amateur Traveler Episode 188 Transcript

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Chris: Or at least the grotto in the basement is. Yeah.

Jason: No, actually almost all the rooms.

Chris: That’s true. I suppose there were murals in most of the rooms. That’s true.

Jason: Yes. It is one of if not the most popular tourist attractions in Germany.

Chris: Un huh.

Jason: It is up on a hill. There are three ways to get there. You can either hoof it, which takes about 45 minutes. It’s up a relatively steep hill. Probably about an 8-10% incline. It can be physically challenging. You can also take a bus, which will drop you off about 2/3 of the way up and then the way that we chose to go up is to take a horse and carriage.

Chris: Oh. Ok.

Jason: To me it just seems like it’s more authentic because you just know in your head that’s how Mad King Ludwig got taken up to his castle.

Janie: Minus the paved road of course. But yes.

Chris: Sure. Well and we call him Mad King Ludwig based on how he spent the money for the Kingdom of Bavaria that he was king of and he was actually a constitutional monarch but building castles as if he were a medieval monarch. Neuschwanstein is contemporary with the Eiffel Tower, which a lot of people don’t realize when they are looking at it. Yeah. He drowned under mysterious circumstances as I recall.

Jason: He did. He managed to live in his castle for 172 days.

Chris: Yep.

Jason: On day number 171, the authorities come in and tell him in his bedroom, “King Ludwig, you have been declared insane and therefore you will no longer rule Bavaria.”

And the next day, he and his psychiatrist were walking along a small lakeshore in Munich where they somehow managed to drown in two feet of water and no one knows if they drowned of their own accord or of someone elses accord. It is one of the great mysteries of Bavaria. But because Neuschwanstein is such a popular tourist attraction, you actually don’t get much time to spend in the castle. You have to buy your tickets at the bottom. You can buy them in English, in German and then they have kind of an audio-guided tour for several other languages. But they whip you through that castle. I think we had about 45 minutes in the castle, so if you can picture the Disney castle and how long it would take to go through the legitimate Disney castle and then blow that out in some order magnitude greater you realize that you get taken through that castle very, very quickly. So our joke was the tour was something along the lines of “ Ok, Here’s the room where he has the alter from this opera. All right, let’s go. All right, here’s some windows. Go. Here’s the bedroom. Go.”

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by Chris Christensen

I am the host of the Amateur Traveler. The Amateur Traveler is an online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations and what are the best places to travel to. It includes both a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog.

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I just returned from Bavaria and visiting numerous Kringle marts. Rothenberg was by far my favorite. Maybe you could answer a question for me…..there were stalls selling rows and rows of “rusty”chocolate tools and were quite popular with the locals, do you know if this is a tradition, and the history behind it? I bought an assortment, but never got the chance to ask the seller the significance……

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