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

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Janie: Yeah. You really do sort of feel rushed and you don’t get to see obviously a whole lot of the castle because the castle was never finished. Ludwig died and he was so in debt already with the castle that they said “un uh forget it. We’re not finishing this.” It was actually opened up to the public about 6 weeks after his death …

Chris: Interesting. I didn’t realize that.

Janie: So they could recoup some of the funds that he had poured into this thing. You don’t get to see a lot and you do feel really rushed on the tour but at the same time you can’t not do it. Just sort of know that going in to it that you’re not going to see a lot. But they do have a wonderful guidebook that goes into much further detail than the tours. So I recommend picking that up. It is only about 11 euros.

Jason: We’re not into the schlocky, touristy books. We’re the type that pulls out the pages of the Lonely Planet or the Footprints Guide. But that book, even though it’s got kind of the cheesy looking touristy cover, it’s actually very full of very good information. The other part of the Neuschwanstein experience that we recommend, although it is not recommended for those who have a significant fear of heights, it is to hike up the hill.

Chris: To the bridge.

Janie: Yeah.

Jason: And to go to the Marienbroka, which is the bridge above and behind Neuschwanstein. I think that is probably the best view of Neuschwanstein. Unfortunatly when we were there they were dong some renovations so you see the best view of all the scaffolding. But it’s still a gorgeous, gorgeous view. And then if you’re into hiking, they have some hikes that are between 3 and 4 hours. And then at the bottom you can hike around the Appenzell, which will take you into Austria as well. The Appenzell is the lake. It’s probably about a 4-6 hour hike to get around the Appenzell.

Chris: Neuschwanstein is a wonderful destination and especially if you know, again as we said, that it’s almost a monument to the romanticism period. And around that time a lot of things like this were being constructed sort of harkening back to the Middle Ages style.

Jason: Yes, even though it is a monument to Wagnerian era operas, it’s built in a way that I agree, reflects back more to the romantic times. One room that you go in, there’s a tile floor and it’s a mosaic and it is made of over two million individual pieces of tiles which is an incredibly impressive feat. The bed: there is a giant carving that they said took four carvers, I want to say something around the order of two years to actually carve. So there are just some amazing pieces of workmanship inside of that castle which meant that the rest of Bavaria must have gone broke. It is a significant work. And it’s up a not so insignificant piece of the Alps that you have to go climb up to bring everything up there so it had to be a very intense work of labor. So I am sure that took quite a toll, but my gosh, the views after he got done are amazing.

Christ: Huh.

Jason: After Neuschwanstein, which is about an hour and a half to two hours south of Munich, we went up to Munich. If you want to do public transportation, the train will take you down to a town called Fussen.

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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.



One Response to “Travel to Bavaria and Southern Germany – Amateur Traveler Episode 188 Transcript”

Linda51

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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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