Follow on Instagram: @the_uncommon_perspective. Our vacation officially started when my SUV hit 160 kilometres per hour on the German autobahn. We thankfully arrived safe and sound into Munich and checked in to Hotel Torbraue (http://www.torbraeu.de), a quaint and family friendly hotel that made us feel as if travelled back in time (in a good way). Once settled, we spent a day and half with quite a busy itinerary, taking a walking tour of Munich that focused on key WWII spots. We then ate (and of course drank a beer) at the original Hofbrauhuas, and visited the Olympic Village and BMW World. The city also offered great shopping opportunities, which we enjoyed. While the Christmas markets did not open until the day after we left, the city was decorated appropriately and ready for the grand opening. Beautiful Christmas decorations were displayed throughout, including elaborately decorated store fronts.
From Munich, we moved on to the Romantic Road, which is a winding route through Bavaria that links various towns and castles worth visiting. Our first stop was the Neuschwanstein Castle which was the vision and dream of Ludwig II of Bavaria as a personal refuge. The reclusive king spent years building it and died before it was fully complete. His family didn’t support the castle, so immediately following his death, it was opened to the public. It’s one of the most beautiful structures that I’ve had the privilege of visiting and sad that such a beautiful place would never be home to anyone other than tourists. The palace was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. There’s a great observation deck in front of the castle that’s great for picture opportunities. Within the castle, you can get a picture of the valley, which is amazing. Also, take the chance to visit St. Coloman Church which is closeby and you have a great opportunity to get both the church and the castle in the same picture.
We also visited the Hohenschwangau Castle which was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It is located in the German village of Hohenschwangau near the town of Füssen, very close to the border with Austria. Take the time to get a horse drawn carriage through the town of Fussen, which will take you past both castles and save you from a very long and uphill climb.
While touring the Romantic Road, we stayed in the town of Füssen at Hotel Hirsch, also an incredibly quaint and welcoming place. http://www.hotelfuessen.de/en
Take the hop on/hop off bus through Munich as the town is spread out and there is much to see. If you want to see BMW World and the Olympic Village, you may want to allow extra time as they are fairly far outside the city.