In the heart of Bavaria Germany is Sleeping Beauty's Castle and it was always on my top 10 list of places to visit in Europe. It's name isn't actually Sleeping Beauty's Castle, but I always call it that since I cannot pronounce it's actual name, Schloss Nueschwanstein (and I won't even try to spell that phonetically!).
Walt Disney supposedly saw this castle and it inspired the castle that we all see today on everything Disney.
The Castle was actually built by King Ludwig who liked to spend Germany's money on lavish castles. He dies mysteriously before this castle was finished. His family, in need of paying off his debts opened it up as a tourist attraction and it is just that almost 200 years later.
If you plan to visit this castle, I highly recommend that you make reservations or you will be waiting in line for an hour just to purchase your ticket!
The castle sits on top of a hill and there are several ways to reach the top: 1) A 30 minute hike, 2) a horse drawn carriage or 3) bus. We took the bus up and the horse carriage back down, which Nathan loved.
There is also a bridge that is over a creek that gives you the perfect view of the castle. The bridge is made of wooden planks and after seeing the number of people on the bridge I had panic attack and had to turn back. Luckily Cornel made it all the way across with the camera in hand.
The actual tour of the castle was short, only about 35 minutes, but the rooms were outrageous. The king obviously had some crazy ideas, such as an indoor cave; definitely worth the trip.
Also in Bavaria is the town of Sigmaringen with another great castle. This city was actually where the Nazi French government sought asylum during the Second World War, so there are a lot of French influences. Ironically,while we were there a French Market was taking place.
The castle here actually has special significance for Corneliu since it belongs to the Prince of Romania of the Hohenzollern Family. We took the inside tour and had a nice time exploring this quaint little Bavarian town.
Oh what it must be like to live in a castle. Wouldn't that be the life!