The Castle that Inspired the Magic Kingdom

I’ve been lucky to visit Schloss Neuschwanstein (Neuschwanstein Castle) two times during different seasons. The first time was a few months ago when the castle was covered in ice and snow. And again, just last week with my mom on a beautiful spring day.

Neuschwanstein is located in Bavaria, Germany and is one of the most recognized castles in the world. It was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, however, he died before it was fully completed. Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at the Disney theme parks were inspired by Neuschwanstein. The area around the castle truly looks like a fairytale land!

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Roam the City

These are a few photos I took around Berlin over the last few weeks. The first photo was taken at Checkpoint Charlie. The second was taken at a little ‘sign graveyard’ I found in a mall near Alexanderplatz. And the third photo has a story of its own.

I’m very, very, very excited to announce that my mama is coming to visit Germany tomorrow! I’m so thrilled to see her and show her around Berlin! We will also be traveling around Germany for a few days so there won’t be any new posts after this weekend. I’m already preparing my camera for our adventure. I know there will be lots to see and I can’t wait to share it! πŸ˜€

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My first photo of a Stolperstein (Stumbling Stone). They are a cobblestone-sized memorial for an individual victim of Nazism. They are placed in front of the last residence of the victim.
All stumbling blocks begin with ‘HERE LIVED…’. I stumbled upon the residence where Thiene Feder once lived. She was born in 1867, deported on August 7, 1942, and murdered in Maly Trostinec (extermination camp).
There are over 32,000 Stumbling Stones, not only in Germany, but also in Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, and Norway.
After finding out the meaning of these little blocks, I’ve decided to post a photo of any Stolpersteine that I come across. Once I have enough photos, these discovered Stumbling Blocks will have a page of their own.
The artist who came up with this idea and installs these brass plaques says that “a person is only forgotten when his or her name is forgotten”.