22.09.2009 - 23.09.2009 25 °C
Our first day in Austria Leigh and I went shopping for a few essentials and also some non-essentials. I think we were both pretty bored with wearing the same clothes for 5 weeks. We really had quite a lazy day and really enjoyed it. The next day we travelled by bus to Fussen, Germany (only a few kilometers) to the famous Neuschwantein Castle built by King Ludwig II of Germany and we also toured the royal family home Hohenshwangau Castle, where Ludwig grew up. These tours were very interesting. The Neuschwanstein Castle was never finished and all work ceased when the King was deposed and drowned in a lake near Munich. It is only about 1/3 finished inside but it is incredible. It really looks like a fairy tale castle and apparently the Disney´s Sleeping Beauty Castle are modelled after it. Then we went to Teggelbahn (sp) where Leigh and Jeanne rode the Luge. It had a stainless steel track and was very fast (Leigh´s comment). It was so fast you could scare yourself or seriously hurt yourself although the carts did have good brakes. We only saw one person wipe out and both Leigh and Jeanne did six runs. I was the camera person trying to catch the action at the bottom. The food in Austria was excellent - we were told that traditional tyrolean food did not include a lot of meat but all of our meals were suitable for carnivores.