I wish you had a taste of what it took to get this photo - I know it doesn't look like anything spectacular, but let me paint a picture for you...⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It was taken from Marienbrücke, a bridge between two hills in the valley, build by the father of Ludwig II (who built the castle) for his wife who loved hiking (great anniversary gift if you ask me!). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It was built in 1845 from wood, declared not very stable since it was rebuilt few years after that. Honestly it was supposed to be used by the Queen, not hundreds of tourists at a time. It was rebuilt and reinforced a number of times since then, with the railing being still the original from the 1845.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today, as it stands, its probably one of the most crowded structures hanging at 90 meters high over a waterfall and valley under it. If you have a fear of heights like yours truly, it certainly won't be the highlight of your trip. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I got the shivers when I saw the Japanese tourists leaning over the edge taking selfies. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Encouraged by the 15 mins steep cliff climb leading to it, with shaking hands I stepped on the wooden beams of the bridge, only to feel every move of a person on it reflected in the bouncing of the whole construction. The bridge was bursting with people, there was no way you can waltz your way through without squeezing between people like a sardine in a can.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Deep breaths, I shoved my camera between the heads of two tourists who were causally hanging out in there to get 2 shots and get the hell out of there.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
There were some brave souls who walked through the whole bridge to climb on the steep cliffs on the other side, to get the true Instagram gold - sitting on an edge of a huge rock, with nothing just the bare depth of the valley underneath, and the dreamy views towards this Disney castle. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Me? I rushed down the mountain to the nearest pub with a speed of sound, to raise a glass of Prosecco to celebrate my 10 seconds of bravery on the bridge.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
El próximo lunes estaré visitando el castillo de la bella durmiente, en Disneyland Paris, el que dicen, está inspirado en el de Neuchwanstein, que me imaginaba mucho más grande, quizás lo tenía taaaan idolatrado, que esperaba otra cosa, aún así es precioso y merece la visita, una que llevaba esperando muchos años, aún recuerdo la primera vez que supe de su existencia, estaba en el instituto, y fantaseaba con un día poder visitarlo .. ❤️ sueños cumplidos poco a poco ❤️ .
Continuing from my previous post... I caught a train to Munich. Actually, I was first carried up and down 2 sets of stairs to get to the right platform, and then up 4 steps to get onto the train by 4 extremely helpful men. I found a decent hostel (Jaeger's Munich) right across the street from the central train station. This is the first time I've ever looked for an accessible room without booking in advance. 😬 But it worked! The washroom in my hostel dorm (slide to photo 7) was not designed specifically for wheelchair-users, but it works quite well for me! I haven't seen much of Munich yet, but the 2.5-hour train ride to Neuschwanstein Castle today was quite worth it! Thankfully I didn't have any more trouble with inaccessible trains. The hill to get up to the castle is QUITE STEEP. To Carlos from Madrid who helped push me up about 75% of it - I can't thank you enough; muchas muchas gracias! The ride down was quite fun! What took me and Carlos a full hour to go up took me just 10 minutes to go down. Don't worry - I didn't run anyone over. 😅
Esta fotografía NO fue tomada por mi abuelo. A veces me gusta jugar con un programa que se llama Analog Efex y sacar cosas así. Aquí podemos ver al Castillo Hohenschwangau (en el pueblito del mismo nombre) y el lago Alpsee visto desde el mucho más famoso castillo Neuschwanstein.