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Romantishe Strasse and German Alpine Road in Bavarian Alps

(Wednesday 14 April 2010) by Jill's travels
Wednesday, it’s pouring down although very cosy in the van you can hear every pitter patter! Especially when woken up in the early hours! We are camped in Southern Germany in the Bavarian Region. The weather had put a damper on plans we had made, so decided to take a drive along part of a road which they call the Romantic Strasse. This road is 290 miles in length and finishes up in a place called Fusson which is about 30 miles from where we are staying. The whole journey took us through vast areas of rural open spaces, passing old villages and Baroque churches it was no doubt the highlight since entering Germany. We came to a place called Schwangau where two castles sat imposing on the mountainside. The Neuschwansteim Castle inspired Walt Disney to design the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland and Hohenschwangau Castle Museum. The backdrop being the Austrian Alps complete with snow tops. We carried on through to the town of Fussen where they call themselves ‘The Romantic Soul of Bavaria, although corny, I would have to agree, it was breathtaking and has to be one of the places to come back to, most definitely. We then headed of to Sonthofen which took us across the German Alpine Road in the Bavarian Alps. Apparently, a setting for 19c fairy-tale follies of Ludwig II of Bavaria! Again, an unforgettable sight. A day that started out quite miserable, ironically turned out to be one of the most captivating. Tomorrow we are on the move again to Lake Chiemesee which is to the East of Munchen and again close to the Austrian Border. I hope it’s a little warmer as its been down to 3 degrees today xxx

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