My Wild Ride to the Neuschwanstein Castle

It’s sort of popular

Castle 5

To start with I had no idea just how popular this castle was. There are so many stories behind the scenes. I once heard that Disney used it as inspiration for some of their pictures.

The King who created it was a character all of his own and the employees who run the castle today are extremely dedicated with mountains of stories to tell.

I could go on and on with its history, the love affair that it still holds and the lives this beautiful castle has touched for centuries upon centuries.

But I’m not going to talk about that.

I have no doubt there are historians who could do a far better job than me in describing what this castle is all about but none of them could describe the wild experience I had just getting to the damn thing.

 

Allow me to explain

To get to the castle one must walk or ride a really steep hill. For those with a weak heart, or in my case a weak knee, other alternatives are a must.

Castle 3

A mini bus is available and from what I heard it’s the easiest way to get there. I’m not actually sure one could call it a bus but the mini part is pretty accurate.

Sadly the mini-thingy was not equipped for wheelchairs so our tour guide jumped into action with a much better plan. I like to call it the horse and Carriage Journey.

 

Horses, Carriages and Elbows

We were handed a one way ticket to the top. Our tour guide wished us well, returned to the group and carried on to the top of the hill. Keep in mind they were on a schedule and the last thing I wanted was to hold anyone back.

A small problem immediately surfaced: Would I be able to climb into this carriage-thingy upon its arrival? My worry was followed by another concern: Would the aggressive tourists surrounding us push us out of the way?

We immediately learned there would be no orderly line. In other words when the carriage arrived the weak was left behind. Glancing at my bad knee and my current predicament my future looked bleak.

 

Strange Happenings

Castle Horse

When the carriage arrived I saw something that day I thought I would never see. My law abiding, anti-line cutting wife jetted to the front of the line. Tickets in hand, elbows swinging and a look that would have scared Arnold Schwarzenegger’s bad boy in Terminator one.

In seconds, yes I timed her, I was pulled to the front of the line, tossed into the front seat, while the wheelchair was quickly folded and neatly placed in the back. I have no doubt the horses were impressed.

One the other hand the aggressive tourists were a little peeved.

 

Horses and Celebrations

Our journey took us half way with the remainder on foot. Thankfully members of our group were waiting and took turns pushing me the rest of the way.

When we made our way to the top a mini-celebration was in order. The Castle was no long as important as the journey but we were here and now it was time to explore.

Our journey down was far easier. By then we were veterans. A little beat up. A little dirty, but above all fearless for conquering the impossible. 

If you are ever in the area I advise you to visit The Neuschwanstein Castle. Your experience will create a wonderful memory but I have a feeling you won’t have one like mine.    

Castle 2

56 thoughts on “My Wild Ride to the Neuschwanstein Castle

  1. Whew! Talk about a steep hill, but that castle looks amazing. I’m glad it all worked out and you got to see it.
    Loved how proactive your wife was. You tell a good story, Bryan 🙂

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  2. Members of your group took turns pushing you? I think that might be the highlight of this journey! That’s so awesome that complete strangers took turns pushing Bad Knee Bryan Fagan up to the castle, lol. I too am jealous, because you took a trip to see the sights and commandeered an entire tourist group to push you in your wheel chair!

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  3. I’m very fortunate to have three of those iconic photographs taken from the footbridge with the castle in the background – one with my bus tour friends in my 20s, one with my husband and one with us and our three boys. It’s a definite must see on any European sojourn. But no, our journey there was not nearly as adventurous as yours!

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  4. Bravo for you even attempting to get to it. And by horse and carriage no less. And a big Bravo to your wife. I would have done the same. We can be assertive if we have to be. xo

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  5. What a beautiful place–were you able to get any interior shots? And I certainly admire your wife. As a Canadian, the line-up protocol runs deep within us, but if it meant getting my husband up to a place like that, I would have done the same thing!

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  6. They would not allow pictures or videos inside. It was a real bummer. There were so many paintings and old furniture. I had to take an alternative route to get out. The person in charge had been there for years. He gave us a private tour, sat down with us and showed us some of the collections that were in storage.

    The line-up protocol did not exist that day when the horse carriage arrived. I swear it was a dog eat dog world. My bride ate some dog. 🙂

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  7. I’m not majestic? Wait a minute!!! 🙂

    We booked the trip early spring. At that time I had high hopes the knee would rebound but it didn’t. We decided to make the best of it anyway.

    I remember one of my followers said it best: You’re showing the knee who’s boss.

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