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On Saturday, April 1, 2000 we set out on a trip to Munich.  We means me and the Kimbell family - Pete, Sherri, Madison, and McKenna.  We had two goals this trip.  The first was to see a little bit of Munich on Saturday and then to see the Neuschwanstein castle in Füssen on Sunday.  We accomplished both objectives but with only the weekend it seemed sort of a whole whirlwind type of trip - especially in Munich.

The map to the left shows Frankfurt, Munich, and Füssen to give a general idea of where we traveled. 



We arrived in Munich around lunchtime on Saturday after about a 3 1/2 hour drive.  While driving around looking for a place to park we spotted the Planet Hollywood restaurant and of course that's where we ate.  I must say that it was WAY overpriced but I did enjoy my fajitas.  The next thing was to find a hotel.  We had to find one close since another thing we wanted to do that evening was visit the Hofbrauhaus - a famous beer hall where they serve beer in liter mugs.  But before that we went to the Deutsches Museum, a huge technical museum with over 50 exhibits.  This is where we were frustrated at the shortness of our visit, having only 2 hours to spend there.  A German friend of mine tells me when he goes to Munich, he sets aside a half day for just one exhibit!





This is a shot of the Glockenspiel in Marienplatz. 

Neuschwanstein Castle

Definitely the best day was Sunday.  It was a beautiful spring day.  On the way to Füssen to see the castle, we could see the snow-capped Alps off in the distance.  Actually Füssen is in the foothills of the Alps so as we drove they got closer and closer.  The castle itself is in one of the most beautiful settings you can imagine.  The pictures I took don't do it justice.  Just imagine what really good pictures look like.  The best pictures are taken looking the opposite way from the one above and show the Alps and a beautiful lake in the background.  You have to buy those (and they have plenty for sale) because the only way to get those shots is from the air in a plane, helicopter, or balloon.  This was a good place to try out my new photo equipment and software that lets me pan the camera, taking pictures spanning as much as 360 degrees.  Then using some special software, I can combine the pictures into one wide or tall shot.  As you can see, the initial efforts came out OK.  Back to the castle.  It was built from 1869 to 1886 by King Ludwig.  It was never finished because he died in 1886.  The castle tour takes you through the parts that were finished.  Some of the most beautiful rooms and furnishings you can imagine.  Unfortunately, you'll just have to imagine because there were no pictures allowed inside.  

There are plenty more pictures.  Just click on the link at the top of the page.  


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