Waking up in our Oberammergau Villa and knowing a breakfast was waiting for us … just outside our door made our early mornings wonderful.
Greta made us feel at home with her amazing morning breakfast spread!
The meatballs with the hard boiled eggs were my favorite until she brought me my little chicken which was a soft boiled egg. Yum! We were always encouraged to eat a good breakfast before we left for our busy day! What a delight!
Like I said in my last post… we were conveniently located across the street from the Bus Station… so after breakfast we went to catch our bus that was going to take us to our first castle… Neuschwanstein Castle.
The Transportation in Europe is incredible! It’s amazing how many people can get to many places within a city, a country and to other countries as well. No matter a train, a subway, tram or bus… we had no problem traveling without a rental car.
While waiting for the bus I was concerned about the fog. That it would impede our castle viewing!
But it cleared up in no time! The bus dropped us off at the perfect place. Another great reason to take public transportation! The parking in this area was CRAZY AND VERY CROWDED!
And this was our first sight of Neuschwanstein Castle.
We of course wanted to get closer. The hike up can be done but to save on time they have a shuttle. The cost of the shuttle for the ride up and return trip costs 3€ per person. It was quite warm and it sounded good to us!
Here we are waiting for the shuttle with
the Hohenschwangau Castle behind us.
The Shuttle is tight so try to choose a seat or a place by the middle or back doors. It makes it easier for getting out of shuttle.
There is a small hike up to a bridge that gives you an incredible view of Neuschwanstein Castle. We went on the bridge but I was extremely nervous when taking pictures. It was overcrowded! There was no one monitoring how many people were permitted on the bridge. I wanted my pictures and then I wanted OFF THE BRIDGE!
But it was well worth it… standing there nervously shaking …to see the castle.
The following video shows the area the bridge goes over.
After my nerves calmed down… it was time to get closer to the Castle. The trails are crowded but not overwhelming.
At this point I turned around. I’m sorry to disappoint you… we did not go inside. There is only so much time in a day but to be perfectly honest …it would have been very crowded… and that’s just not my cup of tea. I highly recommend purchasing your tickets online and getting here VERY EARLY. Actually I highly recommend that for all tours of anything that is important to you …in Europe! Viewing it was enough for me.
Coming back I stopped to over look the Village of Hohenschwangau. The view was incredible! Remember we were standing down there …not too long ago …waiting for the shuttle and getting our picture taken in front of Hohenschwangau Castle.
But all good things must come to an end. And the wait for the shuttle was about 20 minutes. They do check your ticket to make sure you have a RETURN ticket. So keep it handy.
Before catching the Bus back to our Villa… a trip to the bathroom at the Village, called Toiletten, will cost you .50€
Arriving back in Oberammergau around mid afternoon was wonderful… NO CROWDS! And it also meant it was time for a pick me up!
Strudel and cappuccinos!
It was a lovely day! But rest was needed for our visit to Linderhof Palace. I will be sharing our visit to the Palace and sharing our goodbyes to Oberammergau with my next post. We appreciate you following along on our European Vacation. Thank you so much!
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Neuschwanstein is fantastic, isn’t it? Despite it being so crowded. But even with the crowd, you should have gone in. You surely missed something there.
50 Euro-Cents for the restrooms: YEP, that’s Germany – unfortunately. And then they’re rather sparse, sometimes. That’s what I like much more about travelling here in the US.
We only encountered paying for the bathroom a few times. It wasn’t really so bad. If you can tell from my post… I am not fond of crowds and then crowds and heat just send me into a tizzy. Ha! Ha!
My neighbor went inside and wished I did as well. She said it was remarkable! I’m glad you stopped by… We really love Germany! It’s gorgeous!
Absolutely love this!! Fantastic pictures! Makes me feel like I got to travel there with you!
And I’m so happy you came along and enjoyed! Stay tuned… there’s so much more to share if our European Excursion!
Thank you for the visit… I sure do appreciate it! 😊
Looking forward to it! Just FYI I am doing a weekly round up on Sundays about what I have read during the week. I am including your blog in Sunday’s (9/15) post! Hope lots of people get to see it!!
Thank you kindly! How nice of you! I look forward to reading it. 😊
The food looks awesome and makes me so hungry but GEEZE!!! Those crowds!
Yes… the castles are crowded… I enjoyed exactly what I came for when viewing the castles… but was so happy to get back to Oberammergau!
Nancy, your photos of the castle are incredible!!! Breakfast looks delicious and being across from the bus station was perfect. I only saw Neuschwanstein Castle from a distance, but it is beyond amazing. I have recently read a couple of books that included Mad King Ludwig, interesting character. I don’t like crowds or heat, they affect my claustrophobia. The bridge would have also been a problem for me. The pick-me up looks perfect, and why does all of the European food look so delicious? I am enjoying traveling with you, sweet friend…waiting for our next castle.
It’s been fun having you come along with us. European food is delicious! We never had a bad meal.
Mad King Ludwig was a character but he sure knew how to build a beautiful castle!
Crowds are not my friend! And add some heat… ugh! Having the bus drive us right up to the entrance was so nice…! Thank goodness! Because if we would have had a rental car and had to have dealt with traffic and crowds walking from the far away parking lots… that would have drove me bonkers! Back when I was young I could have handled it. Lol!
Thanks for the love Pam! Happy Week to you!
Those castles are so amazing! Definitely worth the ride up to see the Neuschwanstein castle. We encountered a pay toilet in the Scottish Highlands next to Loch Ness. I think it was 50 pence. Oberammergau Is beautiful. You are taking me back to when I was in Germany 50 years ago. Thank you!
Glad you are having some sweet memories rekindled!
Oh thank you for the pictures of the castle! I’ve always wanted to visit it, but I’m not sure I could deal with those crowds!
I understand how you feel. I’m glad I saw it… but I was extremely nervous on the bridge. I just didn’t want it to collapse.
I’m glad I took you there in pictures. Have a good week!
Thank you for bringing us along, Nance!
Glad you felt royal for the day!
That looks like an amazing day!! Your photos are marvelous, and I can feel the different smells, and hear the tourists talking in the background. Very good writing. I do enjoy, and miss, how easy it is to use public transportation in Europe. If you’re a local it’s often comparably cheap as well. Looking forward to more posts Nancy 🙂
Many cities in the U.S. need to look at Europe as public transportation is so essential.
I’m glad you came with us! What fun! Thank you!
I agree. Thank you for letting me share the adventure 🙂
The castle is beyond incredible, I literally gasped when I saw it! Talk about a fairytale!! I don’t blame you for being freaked on the bridge, I would have too! The view from the top overlooking the castle and valleys is breathtaking! That is wonderful that you had good and easy transportation, and such a lovely place to stay…your whole trip sounds very well planned which makes it so much more enjoyable!
Sweet Man planned the whole trip! He’s pretty incredible…!
I call the whole area an enchanting forest! So magical!
Thanks for coming with us… stay tuned for more. 🤗
Enchanted Forest for sure! So glad you both had a fabulous trip!
Wow that castle is stunning!
It was amazing to see!
So beautiful, Nancy. What a special trip!
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It really was!
How fun that was to travel with you and to see the video from the bridge. Bravo to you I say! We wouldn’t have gone inside either. Just not our thing. Looks like your accommodation was delicious! Isn’t the public transport in Europe a beautiful thing?
It really is!
Thank you for coming along with us! Stay tuned my friend!