The High Palace sits proud above the city, flanked on one side by picturesque St. Mang. It is no coincidence. Because of the power of the church, these two have been linked for many centuries. Today we can see much in a state of good preservation and, for 3 euros when I went there, you get to walk some of the old castle walls, view a modest art gallery and look inside the priveleged world of yesteryear in the state museum. I'll start with the art gallery and the old walls.
The opening pic is one of my personal favourites, depicting the false oriels set in front of deep snow from an overnight dump. This dates from around 1500.
In the second shot we are in the knights' hall with its elaborate ceiling decorations which is where you enter the upper part of the High Palace.
In the rooms around there is mainly art displayed with the occasional oddity in terms of musical instruments.
Frankly, some of the art works are grisly to put it mildly (pics 3&4).
I like Fuessen because it's an easy town to explore and, from time to time, turns up little gems like this. We were actually lost.......no, let me rephrase that, misplaced, when I heard the unmistakeable sound that every waterfall lover longs to hear, the noise of crashing water and, judging by the crescendo, there was plenty of it yet, though it was obviously nearby, I couldn't see it.
Rosemarie was keen to get back to the hotel as the evening drew to a close and darkness was about to prevail.
No matter, I raced towards the sound and got off a couple of snaps before heading back. I promised myself I would return on an early morning walk.
I'm so pleased I kept that promise. On the old Augustus way you would have passed quite close to the point where today's man made cascades now roar as they descend the river Lech.
When I returned snow had fallen, the sun had broken through the clouds and it was almost picture perfect. The first two pics are some of my favourite pictures of Germany.
The second one features the bust of Maxmillian set in the cliff. Do yourself a favour if you visit here and check it out.
A walk in the woods
We took the regular tourist path going up to Schloss Neuschwanstein. The hike took us around 45 minutes (it really varies depending on one's strides and frequency of stops to rest).
After visiting the castle, we passed by Mariahilbrucke or the hanging bridge (made of steel to withstand the weight of the tourists trying to get a good shot of the castle). And what a shot! from there, you can really have a very good and clear view of the castle, mountains and fields.
From the bridge, going back to the lowland, we took a detour and followed the path less traveled - through the woods. Just follow the graveled foot path and you won't be lost. It is a longer route, but you have the trees, birds and very few people as companions. The path ends near the edge of the lake.
Inside the Throne Room and the Minstrels' gallery.
There is much climbing to the upper floors where the rooms are finished in exquisite materials and woods. Very definitely master craftsmen were emloyed on the construction and finishing of the rooms.
If I recall no photos are allowed inside, but one can take vies from the windows.
if the opportunity arises take the view to the south, to the mountains a nd a ravine crossed by a slender bridge. later visit that bridge and cross it and climb the hill to the east.
Do not be surprised to see a sign telling of an ardent Photographer who wanted the ultimate photo, who suddenly slipped to his death down the cliff side.
Hohenshwangau Castle: It's next door to Neuschwanstein, which receives far more tourist traffic. Hohenschwangau is far older, and of more importance to the Bavarian monarchy. I didn't have a chance to tour Hohenschwangau, but next time I'm in the area I will.