Germany

Germany is the perfect vacation spot whether you are planning a family vacation or a beautiful, romantic get-away.You will see the most beautiful scenery, enjoy mountains to climb, and trails to follow in Bavaria. Bavaria is a state in Germany and is known for its gorgeous Black Forest cuckoo clocks, Christmas decorations, lakes and crystal clear streams.

Bavaria is also known for the beautiful and historic castles. One that most little girls want to see, and big ones too, is the Neuschwanstein Castle. The castle is located just a few miles from the town of Fussen and was said to inspire Walt Disney to build his Cinderella Castle in Disneyland. It is one of many castles built by ruler Ludwig II. He built his castle near his childhood home of Hohenswangau Castle which was constructed in four years between 1832 and 1836. Neuschwanstein Castle was in construction for 17 years and was still uncompleted when Ludwig II was jailed and eventually killed. The people he ruled overthrew him because of his extravagant lifestyle while they lived in poverty.

The path leading up to the castle is steep. If you prefer to ride, they have horse and carriages that will take you up the path and take you back to the small village when you are finished touring the Castle. Little girls may object to the many stairs found in the Castle but it is well worth the visit. Oh, don’t miss the last carriage ride down, it’s a long and steep walk if you are on foot!

Ludwig II’s childhood home, Hohenschwangau Castle is beautiful in the interior and its privately owned owners keep it in beautiful condition. Another beautiful castle is the Linderhof which is done in the French Rococo style of the Versailles Castle. It features an ornate peacock throne designed for Ludwig. There is a beautiful lake you can take a boat ride on and there is a 20-mile bike path surrounding Lake Forggensee. There are lovely fountains in the elaborate gardens.

Whether you want to ski in the winter time, enjoy the beautiful meadows and forests in the summertime, or see the wonderful colors of fall. Germany features it all. You will love Germany for its cleanliness, beautiful handmade ornaments and gorgeous scenery. Bavaria is the one state to see it all.