After arriving in Reutte, Austria from the Dolomites, we only had one full free day. So, we spent the day touring the Neuschwanstein Castle and the Hohenschwangau Castle located in Germany (only 20 minutes away from Reutte). The Bavarian “Mad” King Ludwig II built the Neuschwanstein Castle and he grew up in the Hohenschwangau Castle. Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle inspired Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and the Cinderella Castle.
The interiors of the castles are not that stunning and the tours were only 30 minutes each, so I would recommend just paying to park and hike up to the famous overlook to see the Neuschwanstein Castle (takes about 45 minutes to get to the top and it is pretty intense uphill). The Hohenschwangau Castle is close to the parking. Plus, it’s also extremely overcrowded with tourists. After visiting the castles we met my other coworker for dinner who also flew in town for the wedding.
The next morning we explored the town of Reutte and the Ehrenberg Castle. Then, in the afternoon we celebrated my coworker’s wedding. His wedding was also a combined ceremony with his son’s baptism. The ceremony was held in a small church he grew up in and the reception was at the hotel we stayed at, the Hotel Goldener Hirsch. Mostly family attended, and only a few others from work, but was happy I could be there.
On Sunday we drove back to Venice. Apparently dropping off a car in another country is crazy expensive (we wanted to fly out of Munich). So, we ended up driving back through Italy. But, we got to see other parts of the Italian countryside. We stopped in Verona, which I loved as well and will post about next!