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  • Writer's pictureAngela Louie and Allan de la Plante

Fussen - Home of Walt Disney's Castle

We couldn’t get a reservation here either because campgrounds were booked up months ago. But with Allan’s luck, the tourist information person was able to call a campground and find us one of the last 2 sites available in town. The thing we learned about RV living at this site was figuring out which electrical outlet was ours. We thought we were paying for the right connection and only found out later, we were paying for our neighbour! Luckily, we got our fridge connected and in the process, made new friends, Christel and Stef.

The town of Fussen was an old town with lots of historic sites, little shops, restaurants and cafes.

The main reason for us to be at Fussen was to see the Neuschwanstein castle. It is the one that inspired Walt Disney. Getting there was not as straightforward as you might think. The bus that we were supposed to take to town didn’t stop for us! After a long walk into town, it took us awhile to figure out which bus to take to Hohenschwangau, home of the Neuschwanstein castle. We saw the father's castle in the distance too.

Once there, a horse and carriage took us to the top of the hill.

The famous storybook castle was exciting and impressive. The castle was a tribute to all the things that King Ludwig loved: German legends and the Wagnerian operas. Every room had murals and carvings depicting these stories. Unfortunately, the castle was never completed as King Ludwig died young in his early 40’s and work on the castle ceased.

It was a hot, sweltering day when we arrived. By the time we finished our tour there was a thunderstorm with heavy rain. We were forced to get our first souvenirs…umbrellas!

No sooner had it started to rain, Allan got a text from Pat Braun back in Canada. She insisted we get to the bridge across a small valley. It was pouring but we started out. It was worth every upward step.

It’s not hard to see why Disney was mesmerized by this statuesque building. It is the stuff of fairy tales.

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