The Castle that Inspired the Magic Kingdom

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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Never Again. Dachau

Never Again. Dachau

Just a short drive outside of Munich is the small town Dachau, where you’ll find the KZ Dachau Memorial Site. It was the first, and served as a model for other Nazi concentration camps that followed. Not only were prisoners forced into hard labour, they were beaten, murdered, disease-ridden, starved, subject to medical experiments, and many other horrors. You can find out more about the camp here.

If you plan to visit the Memorial Site, be sure to give yourself lots of time. My friend and I had planned to stay there for 2 hours at most. We ended up staying for 4 hours. Take your time, nothing should be missed here.

I left the Memorial feeling I have no right to claim any real suffering in my life.

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Dachau Gate
The gate to Dachau. Phrase translates to “Work Makes (you) Free”.

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The fake “shower bath” room. This was the gas chamber.

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What the camp used to look like

Moving Forward in Munich

Moving Forward in Munich

All these photos were taken in the fascinating state of Bavaria.

I looked forward to our trip to Munich for a long time because I’ve always taken an interest in history, especially the Second World War. This city was the birthplace and capital of the Nazi Movement. I found it interesting to see the places where Nazi flags once hung (which I have pictured below), and to see places where events were planned that changed history forever.
But, that is the past. “The Walking Man” statue pictured below symbolizes moving forward.

My friend and I didn’t spend a whole lot of time in Munich. But we definitely made time to get beers at the original Hofbräuhaus!

The beer maids are so strong, they carry 10 of those big glasses pictured on the left at one time! All day!

I bet it is absolutely crazy during Oktoberfest.

I’ll have to check it out one day =)

 

Taken in front of the Feldherrnhalle in 1935

Taken in Marienplatz in front of the New Town Hall, 1929.