I was born on a Germany military base, but lived most of my life in the States. I’d got to travel to Berlin, a couple years back, and although it was wonderful and full of exhilarating things like Street Art, it didn’t fulfill me the way I expected Deutschland to.
The next time I was back in Europe, I made sure to put SOUTHERN Germany on my list. I booked a $33 flight via RyanAir from London to Baden-Baden, and hitchhiked my way over to Stuttgart. On my 29th Birthday, I returned to Augsburg, where I got to explore my city of birth. It showed me the German fairytale images that I’d always imagined. I got to experience the markets that my mother used to take me to as a baby, and eat authentic cuisine, like spaetzle and weisswurst.
We continued traveling through the Southern Bavarian region of Germany and were taken back by the vibrant cities and small medieval villages. The picture-perfect countryside boasted crystal clear lakes, and unspoiled natural surroundings. Eye candy was plentiful here. Although the temperature was perfect in late-September, I kept wondering how enchanting this place would look during Christmas time.
Of course one of the highlights of Southern Germany is the Neuschwanstein castle, located in the village of Schwangau near Fussen. Many people know it as the inspiration for Walt Disney’s castle. The palace was commissioned by ‘mad’ King Ludwig II of Bavaria, in 1868. The castle is the embodiment of 19th century romanticism with the tower and spires soaring to fantastical heights. This destination should be on any travelers list if they visit the region, winter or summer.
Here is some photography from our travels in beautiful Bavaria: