The castle itself was awesome, it was very grand. I tell people that it is the castle that you see on all of the puzzles. It was magnificent just looking at it from the outside and in the massive courtyard. Inside was very elegant even opulent, with a few quirky elements, including a room made to look exactly like a cave. There was a swan theme throughout the castle. It was interesting hearing about Mad Ludwig. The castle was never fully completed, but what did get finished was incredible.
After touring the castle, we hiked up to the bridge (Marienbrücke) above the castle and took some pictures. Tammy took the bus back down to the parking lot while Mike hiked back down the long way through the valley below the bridge. We stopped at our bus to get our picnic lunches which we ate by the lake. It was a beautiful day but rain did come just as we boarded the bus.
From Neushwanstein we rode to Wieskirche Church, in what appeared to be the middle of nowhere. The rain stopped before we got to the church, so we all got to stay dry. Reid had us wait to look into the church until he explained everything. When we finally looked in, it was magnificent. But all was not what it seemed. The beautiful marble columns were actually painted to look like marble. And on one of the ceiling murals the leg of a cherub was not painted on the ceiling but was actually a cast leg sticking out from it. The art of illusion was very prominent in the beautiful church.
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