Meeting New People and Seeing New People
These tips are based on my last 8 weeks of traveling in Europe/Africa:
1. Buy/pre-order as many museum/attraction tickets online as you can.
2. Ask the taxi fare before taking off in a taxi, especially if it’s late at night or coming from an airport.
3. Charge your camera batteries every night.
4. If you have a Eurail pass and need to make reservation make them in Europe. It’s a lot less expensive.
5. If you’re climbing a few hundred steps up a tower, monument, etc. go only a clear, sunny day.
6. Learn at least Hello, Thank you, and Goodbye in the foreign language of the countries you are visiting.
7. Turn your cell phones off inside churches, museums, etc. If it rings and you must take the call, do it outside!
8. If there’s a running commentary (live or recorded), be polite and be quiet.
9. Dress appropriately and be respectful in churches.
10. If you’re traveling with children, don’t let them disrupt others around you. If they cry or throw a tantrum, take them outside.
11. If you have a complaint, do it reasonably without yelling and cursing.
12. Regarding pictures:
a. If there are signs saying “No pictures”, don’t take pictures! There’s a reason for the signs. Do you really, really need that picture of Mona Lisa to prove you’ve seen it?
b. Learn how to use your camera before the trip. If there are signs saying “No flash”, make sure you know how to use the camera without it.
c. If you see a couple or family with one person taking pictures of the other(s), offer to take a picture of both/all of them. Maybe they’ll reciprocate.
13. Check local holidays. Since many museums and stores will be closed, you’ll need to have other plans for the day. (Most stores throughout much of Europe are closed on Sunday.)
14. Don’t try to do too much. Leave some open time to just explore.
15. You’re on vacation so relax and have a good time!
The swan was also the heraldic animal of the Counts of Schwangau, whose successor the king considered himself to be.
Maximilian II had already made the swan a leitmotif of Hohenschwangau. Idealization of the Middle Ages was thus combined with concrete local tradition.
Hiking and biking paths lead you through lush, green meadows and dark forests. Countless large and small lakes have given this area the name “Ostallgau Lakeland“.
A magnificent landscape with two nature reserve areas: Bavaria's largest Alpine reserve „Ammergebirge“, the former Royal hunting ground of Ludwig II and the lake “Bannwaldsee“ nature reserve with rare plants, flowers and butterflies.
Hohenschwangau is disposed near Schwangau valley with its beautiful lakes.
Schwangau is located on the foot of the Alps in the Allgau area with an impressive view of the Bavarian, Lechtal and Allgau Alps. It is the country of the Royal Castles, mountains and lakes, the most beautiful area of the Ostallgau.
Hohenschwangau is surrounded by mountains.
Hohenschwangau is situated in a little valley between the Alpeleskopf (1579 m), the Sauling (2047 m), the Durrenberg (1863 m) from the south. It borders with the Kitzberg (1123 m) and the Kienberg (996 m) from the west. The Tegelberg (1880 m), the Hoher Stranssberg (1934 m) and the Schlagenstein (1679 m) tower from the east. Hohenschwangau come to the Schwangau valley only from the north. Hohenschwangau is borderd by the Alpsee in the West.
The numerous lakes, both large and small, have given the east part of the Allgau where Neuschwanstein is located the name of "Ostallgauer Seenplatte" (literally, a lowland plain with many lakes).
The Bavarian, Lechtal and Allgau Alps form a magnificent panorama with the meadows of Schwangau in the foreground. It is a region of castles, mountains and lakes, the most beautiful corner of East Allgau.
The two world-famous royal castles are enthroned on their rocky outcrops as if they had grown there: Neuschwanstein bold and unreal, Hohenschwangau romantic and friendly.
From the narrow mountain ridge known as the "Jugend" to the left of the Pollat, there was a magnificent view of the mountains and lakes. Maximilian II loved this spot and planned to build a viewing pavilion there in 1855. Crown Prince Ludwig was often on the "Jugend".
King Ludwig II was a great nature-lover. His greatest concern was not to spoil the beauty of the surroundings by building Neuschwanstein Castle, and he gave the builders precise instructions to this effect. As you approach the castle, it becomes clear just how well they succeeded.
Favorite thing: As I said, this beautiful place is in Allgaeu - German Alps. It is simply marvelous. I loved the clean air and peace and quiet that surrounded us. You see, my husband and I are the type of people that are not crazy about crowd and we left clubbing and crazy years behind us. Now we enjoy quiet and healthy moments in nature and with each other.