Avril-Ann Braganza, from Daily news & analysis speaks about his journey in Germany:
“I can’t see much as I peer out the window of the train from Munich to Füssen. There’s a thick mist, which doesn’t lift even as we reach two hours later. It’s about a 10-minute bus ride from Füssen station to the village of Hohenschwangau, where you must buy your tickets before you make your way up to the castles. It’s cold and the line to the ticket centre is endless, but I’m soon distracted by the beauty of the place as people walk by quaint restaurants and shops, which are wrapped in the mist and droplets that hang on the bare twigs of trees near us.
Had there been no mist, we would see Hohenschwangau Castle looming up in front of us. Go back to the days of King Ludwig II and travel to the castle in a horse carriage for approximately € 4.50 per person for the ascent and € 2.00 per person for the descent. We choose to walk up the path through the woods and in about 20 minutes, we’re at the cream structure surrounded by a beautiful garden with a view of the village below. Once the seat of the Lords of Schwangau in the 12th century, it was rebuilt by Ludwig II’s father Maximillian II in the Gothic Revival style. King Ludwig II spent a large part of his childhood and youth at the castle and used it as a summer residence until his death in 1886.”