Füssen (to be continued)
28.01.2012: Our trip started in Munich and we went to Füssen with train. For the portuguese speakers this link explains exactly how to take the train: http://www.viajenaviagem.com/2010/12/passo-a-passo-como-ir-de-munique-ao-castelo-de-neuschwanstein/.
Füssen is a town in Bavaria, in the district of Ostallgäu, situated 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north from the Austrian border. It has a population of 14,631. The town is known for its violinmaking industry and looks likea city of fairytale, you have a privileged view of the Swiss Alps and houses which look more like Dollhouses, in addition the village is home to two of the most important castles built in the nineteenth century: Hohenschwangau (in the first picture) and Neuschwanstein (in the second picture).
Hohenschwangau is a 19th-century palace in southern Germany. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria. It is located in the German village of Hohenschwangau near the town of Füssen.
Neuschwanstein is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavariaas a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds.
The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. Since then more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer.The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland‘s Sleeping Beauty Castle and later, similar structures.