We next went to Heidelberg to see the story-book town and to climb up and explore the Heidelberg castle. We found the easiest way to obtain access to the castle was to use the incline railway. Once there, another ticket granted us access to a second rail which took us to the top of Königstuhl mountain where hiking trails awaited. While on the castle grounds, we tried some local Glühwein (hot spiced wine). The castle is a medieval architectural masterpiece. Inside is the Big Wine Barrel of Heidelberg Castle, built in 1751 and once was filled with 58,000 gallons of wine – the largest wooden barrel ever to be filled with wine on the planet. The castle itself dates back to 1214 and stands as an epic reminder of the Renaissance era. After exploring the castle, we continued upward and hiked through the German forest on Mount Königstuhl.
From Heidelberg we ventured southward to Munich and Bavaria where we visited the famous Hofbrähous, Marienplatz, and the Nymphenburg Palace and ate some wonderful spätzle, the famous soft egg noodles found in this region.
After Munich, we continued south to Fussen and toured the Neuschwanstein castle.We visited the Alpsee lake, in the Ostallgäu district which is nestled a bit behind and between the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. We hiked to Queen Mary’s Bridge for incredible views of the castle and surrounding beauty.
During our time in Bavaria we enjoyed some great local food including Haxe – a giant crispy pork knuckle, spinach and potato balls, and delicious cheese spätzle with crunchy brown onions baked on top – kind of like awesome mac and cheese for adults.