We spent the first afternoon and evening in the small town of Füssen. There wasn't much going on there, but we did manage to take in some nice (albeit mostly cloud-covered) views of the mountains. There was also a beautiful river that flowed through the town. The water had a cool blue-green hue to it.
DeDe and Poppy T
One of the more interesting aspects of Füssen is the Gothic Hohes Schloss (High Castle). It was rebuilt in the 1500's as a summer residence for the bishops of Augsburg. What is most interesting about it are the Lüftmalerei paintings on the walls of the castle. They are the local Bavarian version of trompe l'oeil that was popularized in the 18th century. From far away the castle tower looks like it has fancy architectural details and a clock, but when you get up close, you realize they are just painted onto a flat wall--crazy stuff!
The painters really went crazy inside the courtyard of the castle. This picture makes it just look like painted walls, but I'm telling you that when you view it from certain angles you would swear it's for real!
Other buildings around the town of Füssen had Lüftmalerei decor as well. Here is one of my favorite. The bottom part of the building is supposed to look like red stones.
This restaurant/hotel in the neighboring town had a neat festival scene painted on it. Doesn't this picture just scream "quaint German town"?!
The hotel accomodations weren't the most luxurious, but Penelope didn't seem to mind. In fact, she slept in bed with the father and me, and she didn't wake up the entire night!
Since it was dark by 5:00 and quite chilly outside, we spent most of the evening indoors sipping beer and warm drinks. Here is DeDe proudly displaying her first Hefeweizen, and yes, she managed to drink the whole thing!
It took some creativity, but we managed to keep Penelope happy and entertained while we finished our drinks and ate dinner.
Neuschwanstein is the castle that supposedly inspired the Cinderella Castle in Disney World. And apparently this castle is similar to Disney when the tourist season reaches its peak. Thankfully we avoided most of them by coming to see it in November.
The glowing grandparents
The only picture of all of us--guest photographer lost sight of his subjects
In front of the castle entrance
Hooray for castles!