Friday, April 16, 2010
The view standing in front of the Lincoln Cathedral
The Lincoln Cathedral in Lincoln, England has been a place people come to worship for almost a thousand years. Originally built in 1185, the Cathedral sits on the top of the Lincoln hill making it even more prominent a site in the Lincolnshire area. Featured in in the film "The Da Vinci Code", its easy to see why they chose the spot. Once the tallest building in the world, the Lincoln Cathedral still remains one of the largest Cathedrals in Europe.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
The best view of Neuschwanstein Castle comes from St. Mary’s Bridge as seen above
'Mad' King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle is easily the most amazing castle I've seen this far in my travels, and one of the most spectacular buildings. Situated in the foot of the German Alps dividing Germany from Austria, the Castle overlooks not 1, but 2 lakes, is surrounded by mountains on nearly every side, sits above a river and waterfall, and a huge green open field. There is another castle which you'll see from Neuschwanstein, it was built by 'Mad' King Ludwigs father King Ludwig I and is actually quite nice itself. However, 'Mad' King Ludwig decided he needed to one up his father and built his bigger and better, and looking down on Hohenschwangau, so this older castle gets no attention. You may recognize Neuschwanstein castle from the Disney movie Sleeping Beauty. Although not true, it looks more like they designed the castle from a fairy tale, not vise versa. The inside is as magnificent as the exterior, although 'Mad' King Ludwig II died before he could finish it, so they do not show every room to the public. If you're visiting Bavaria you can not skip this castle. It's an easy day trip from Munich or it's surrounding cities, or you can stay around the Castle in Hohenschwangau or Füssen.