Today was a very walk filled day! My travel group split into parts and mine drove to Ludwig’s castes. It was only a two hour drive from Freising and the cost to tour both castles was reasonable. For a guided tour of both castles we payed 20 Euros. Even though the larger castle is only about 130 years old, some of the blocks have begun to crumble and are in need of repair. All of the walls, including ceilings, were covered in beautiful murals and the common rooms were decorated with large gold, silver, and jeweled presents given to Ludwig II. Unfortunately, he only lived in it about 170 days before he was overthrown in 1886. Because of this, around two-thirds of the rooms in the castle remain unfinished and are not open to the public.
The other castle was the home to Ludwig’s parents and has several rooms on the king and queen’s floors open for touring. Again, the walls were covered in extremely detailed murals and the halls were adorned with lavish jewels and accessories. It was definitely worth the money to see inside both castles. But be warned!! The walk up to Ludwig’s castle, not his parent’s, is all up hill and very long, so if you are a little put off by that be sure to either take a bus or take the horse carriage ride.
After the tours of the castles, we hit up several of the souvenir shops for some much needed shopping time!! Next we headed out of town and into Austria to drive around the back of the mountains that we saw on the drive in and to see the back side of German’s tallest mountain: Zugspitze elevation – 2,962 meters (9,700 ft). It was a pretty cool site for a picture and we got to drive through Austria so that was an added bonus!
Tomorrow we are getting back into the groove of getting up early and headed out to tour various mills and institutes. It should be exciting to see some of the best institutes in the local area!!