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After many hours of interesting sightseeing, we stopped for lunch at a tasty Kebab place (apparently kebab/donair type places are popular in Innsbruck), and decided what to do next. We still had several hours of driving to do [to get back to Niederstotzingen], but we felt we had time for something along the way.

Due to their convenient location more or less along the way back, we decided to stop at the most famous of German castles: Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein.

These two castles are located very close to the border between southern Germany and Austria. These are not your old, decrepid falling-apart medieval strongholds, either. These two castles represent the most idealistic fantasy-style imagery you can imagine for castles; especially so for Neuschwanstein.

We started out with a tour of Hohenschwangau. Hohenschwangau (High Swan Castle) is a 19th century castle, built by King Maximillian II of Bavaria. It was built basically as a summer residence for the king and his family. One of the king's sons was the famous Ludwig II, who was the builder of the even more famous nearby Neuschwanstein Castle. More about that later.
Hohenschwangau Castle
Hohenschwangau Castle
Entrance, Hohenschwangau
The tour of the grounds and the interior of the castle was very interesting, although I quite disliked their uniform ban on any picture taking (I couldn't see any good reason to prevent non-flash photography for a few seconds after the guide had finished talking).
Jenn and Andrew
Entrance, Hohenschwangau
Duck statue, Hohenschwangau
Duck statue, Hohenschwangau
Duck statue, Hohenschwangau
Royal Baths
Kitchen, Hohenschwangau
Entering Tour
Asmir and Armor
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