We really debated about what do do during Easter... Cole had Monday off, so we wanted to take advantage of the three-day weekend and travel somewhere... We are running out of time to see all of the things we want to squeeze in during our last few months! The forecast for a few places we considered in Italy was rainy and the forecast for Germany - snowy. The weather in Como was gorgeous - so it actually would have been a great weekend to stay put... After MUCH debating, we decided to hit the road for Germany, booked our hotel only the Tuesday before (I know.. procrastination!) and it wound up being a really nice, although snowy, trip. In total, the drive was around 4 1/2 hours - with lots of traffic on the way up, so we took some smaller blacktop roads at the end of the trip. Our blacktop detour was gorgeous and green! We drove through Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria and into Southern Germany to visit the famous Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles.
|Neuschwanstein Castle - the inspiration for Walt Disney's Cinderella Castle.|
|Hohenschwangau Castle - basically nextdoor to our hotel...|
|Carriage ride up to Neuschwanstein Castle...|
|The view behind our carriage... lots and lots of snow!|
|Eva likes to say, "snow" but did not like walking in it...|
It did stop snowing in the afternoon, so we were able to walk up to Hohenschwangau for our second tour and we took a longer walking route back down, a gorgeous path near a lake and on a quiet, winding road back to our hotel..
We learned a lot about crazy King Ludwig. Here are some links with more info about Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. It was a great experience. :) Seeing the castles was pretty amazing - we had a great weekend away and we are so glad we were able to make it for a small peek into Germany while we're here...
We drove home on Monday, but before we left, we walked back up to Neuschwanstein for some more photos! It was sunny and the snow had stopped! Yay!
Now... here comes photo overload! Enjoy!
|We LOVED the German beer, too. No surprise there! Yum. :)|
|From inside Neuschwanstein - awesome views around this castle. It's perched way up high - so scenic all around.|
|Nightime view from our hotel room, Hohenschwangau all lit up!|
|German Easter tradition - lamb cakes...|