{Munich Day Trip: Neuschwanstein Castle}

 We really used Munich as our hub for a couple great day trips — first, Salzburg, and then Neuschwanstein Castle.

We used Lauren’s awesome instructions on how to get there and they didn’t fail us!
We found ourselves in a bit of a time crunch upon arriving so we actually skipped the tour of the inside and went straight to the viewpoint, which we heard was the main reason to go anyway. While I don’t know what we missed inside, I can say that we left feeling like we saw what we had gone to see, so I guess that’s good!
Neuschwanstein Castle is one of those places you go that really makes you feel like you’re in Europe. It was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and really does look like it’s straight out of a fairy tale!

 {Photos ©  Liz Denfeld}

{A Long Weekend in Munich}

Four days after my sister left Amsterdam, my brother-in-law and his wife arrived! We spent their first weekend in town exploring Amsterdam and then this past weekend we met them in Munich for a few days. We had quite a whirlwind of a time, taking two day-trips outside the city. One to Salzburg, Austria (wow – so breathtakingly beautiful!) and one to Neuschwanstein Castle (looked right out of a storybook). Now we’re all back home (us in Amsterdam, them in Chicago) and I am just so thankful to have these wonderful memories with them. It’s definitely hard being away from family living over here, but then we get to have experiences like this with them and I realize how rare and amazing it is. This is just a little taste of our weekend away (beer, pretzels and castles, oh my!), many more photos to come (captions below)! 

Also – I’ll be sharing Greece photos for the rest of the week – yippee!
{1} Marienplatz in Munich
{2} Giant beers at the famous Hofbräuhaus in Munich
{3 & 4} Mirabelle Garden in Salzburg
{5} Getreidegasse Road in Salzburg
{6} View from the Fortress in Salzburg
{7} Pretty German windows
{8} Neuschwanstein Castle
{9} Right outside the English Garden in Munich