My Virtual Vacation Day 5—Hohenschwangau Bavaria

We had hoped in retirement to travel the world. So far we have done a pretty good job with trips to Mexico, Hawaii, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and The Czech Republic. However the pandemic has stopped all of that for a while. So while waiting for Africa, Alaska and Scandinavia, our current travel is going to have to be virtual. Today’s stop is Hohenschwangau Bavaria. It is a small German village near the Austrian border, It is most famous as the home of Neuschwanstein Castle. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and in honour of Richard Wagner. The castle was used by Disney as a model for their theme parks.

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Bavaria

Schloss Hohenschwangau

Candiate #1–Schloss Schwangau

Schwangau View of Neuschwanstein Castle

I have been editing old european images in preparation for my next visit to Europe in October. I have published a number of shots of Neuschwanstein but only the front,back and interiors of the castle and views from the castle. This is the side of the castle as seen from the village. It is undoubtedly this view that caught the imagination of Disney. This is the right side of the castle as seen from the main street in Schwangau.

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Schwanghau View

Schwanghau View

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Bavaria on the mountain behind Schwangau Village. It is the castle that is frequently called “Cinderella’s castle” because Disney used it as a model for their movie fantasy. The reality is not like Cinderella at all. It was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria who is known as Mad Ludwig. He lived in the castle only a short time before he was dethroned and sent to a sanatarium where he died mysteriously in a struggle with his therapist.

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Neuschwanstein Castle,

Neuschwanstein Castle,

Hohenschwangau Castle Redux

The fortress Schwangau is mentioned in historical records dating from the 12th Century. It stood high up on a rock on the site of the present 19th-century Neuschwanstein castle. Hohenschwangau castle was first mentioned in 1397 and stands on a hill below Neuschwanstein. This photograph of Hohenschwangau was taken from the balcony in the front of Neuschwanstein. The original was taken in the summer of 2011. I recently edited the image using tools from the Nik Collection and found the edited version to be outstanding. You can compare the two below. Let me know which one you like better.

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Hohenschwangau Castle Redux

Hohenschwangau Castle Redux

Scwangau Germany

Scwangau Germany

The Hunter’s Lodge

Jäger is the German word for “hunter”although many might think it is was invented just for the movie “Pacific Rim”. This Jägerhaus or Hunter’s Lodge is a restaurant and pub at the foot of the mountain in Schwangau Bavaria on the road leading to Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau. Neuschwanstein, also known as Mad Ludwig’s castle was used as a model for Disney’s Cinderella Castle.

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 Jägerhaus

Jägerhaus