Road to Füssen

Getting to Füssen from Augsburg was easy.
From the outskirts of Augsburg, B17 would take us there all the way.

The unfolding scenery changed dramatically after passing exit 69 for Landsberg am Lech. The window screen was filled with the undulating green pasture of Bavarian countryside.

I encouraged mum to take pictures with her iPod touch. ‘Mum, look! Why don’t you take some pictures and show them to your friends?’

Then, ridges of the mountains started to appear in our vision as we got closer to Schongau. We also saw a couple of paragliders flying from one of the peaks. It must be an amazing sight they are enjoying, I wondered as my secret dream was turning myself into an eagle and fly like the one…

I wish mum took more images from her seat because there were loads of pretty sceneries came and went. Unfortunately, she was not an Instagram generation and seemed to be less obsessed about “capturing the moment”.

Mum, it’s out of focus!

From Schongau, typical Tyrolean houses with painted walls and widely projecting roofs started to emerge. Most of them were displaying window boxes laden with summer flowers, and some houses had the wall around each window painted in the style of trompe l’œil, pretending them to be decorative wooden shutters.

At Schwangau, we changed to B16 and headed towards Füssen.
From Füssen’s town centre, a visitor centre for Neuschwanstein Castle, the most famous Bavarian tourist attraction, was another 10 minutes away via Parkstraße…

We arrived at a public car park near the castle around 11:30. The place around the car park was already very busy with visitors from all over the world. Oh wow, we should have reserved our tickets online! I groaned. There was no guarantee that we could join one of their guided tours that day as the number of the place was limited. To make the matter more critical was that the next day was Saturday and the place was expected to be even more crowded.

Neuschwanstein in the distance…

‘Let’s see if we can secure the tickets for today!’ We agreed and join a long queue in front of the ticket office…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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