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Drenched

13th April- Fussen- Oberstaufen- 70km

The day started off so well. I joined some Thai women in the hostel for breakfast, however my yoghurt and muesli looked pathetic next to their full on Thai dinner!

It was a little cold outside but the sun was shining and I was honoured with lovely scenery again. I even passed some deer and goats in the field, which made me think. Most goats you come across have bells around their neck, but why just goats, why not sheep and pigs? Anyone know?

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Anyway, for lunch I stopped on a bench with my whopper of a sandwich and got chatting to a guy with a backpack who spoke good English. He was travelling in the direction I came in and was asking about my trip; he had a big bag with him and I asked if he was camping, then he told me he was ‘a tramp’ in his words and he just travels around, then said goodbye and was on his way.

About 55km into the ride it started with thunder and lightening and then the heavens opened up. I had my waterproof jacket on, but I was too drenched by the time I thought about getting my waterproof trousers that I didn’t bother. As for the waterproof shoe covers I bought- I didn’t read the packet properly and they’re just for cycle shoes so I snapped the bloody things and left them useless! I did another 10km and could t go on any longer, i was bloody freezing, so I stopped at the first eat house I saw and asked them for a room. With my minimal German I understood the couple to be telling me their guest house was long term only. They let me stand outside shivering, without offering so much as a towel or hot drink whilst they talked amongst themselves about where the next guest house was. Arghh. The next village was only a few km away, but of course it was up a hill, and of course it was in some fancy spa resort town with the cheapest room €55. I wouldn’t have minded paying that much, but the room smelt, had no kettle, no wifi and not one English speaking channel on the TV- not even CNN/BBC….I thought every hotel had those channels?! On the plus side it was so nice to get my wet clothes off and have a hot shower- I fell asleep at 8pm!!

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Castles and spa day

12th April- Fussen- 10km

This has been one of my favourite days so far. I cycled 5km or so to the ticket desk and purchased my combo ticket for  Neuschwanstein (the one that inspired the Disney castle) and the other one opposite it (Hohenschwangau). Hohenschwangau doesn’t have the wow factor from the outside, but the tour inside the castle was amazing.

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Most of the original furniture is still there, and all the paintings on the wall are originals having never needed restoration. The guide was great, kept things really interesting. It was made more amusing by the cute/annoying little American kid that had his hand up in every room ask questions. I’ll give you some interesting facts I learnt…

  • Hohenschwangau means the high swan palace
  • it was built in the 19th century by kind Maximilian II
  • In Those times (those with money) the husband and wife had separate living areas, so in this castle’s case the queen had her floor, the King had kids, then the kids and their nannies had theirs
  • they would only have a bed necessary for their size, so no doubles and it would be shorter as they were scared of lying down completely vertical In case they stopped breathing I they’d sleep half upright!

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After a 20 minute walk up a hill I reached Neuschwanstein castle, which is even more breathtaking up close. We only got an audio guide in here, which felt a little rushed but just getting to look around the rooms in this place was phenomenal.

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king Ludwig II, the son of Maximilian II had this and two other castles in Germany built in the 19th century- this one in honour of his composer mate Richard Wagner. He was pretty reclusive and wanted to live like a medieval King, with all the painting in the castle depicting medieval royalty life. The castle was never actually finished, as he was declared mentally ill then died shortly after his 40th birthday under suspicious circumstances.

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I came away from the castles feeling honoured to have seen inside these palaces and to have a learnt a little bit too.

As Fussen is a thermal pool area I wanted to check out the spa on offer. Oh my word, this puts any spa I’ve ever been to and I imagine any spa anyone has ever been to (big call I know) to shame! In the two hours I had I didn’t have enough time to go into every sauna/pool/steam room there were that many. If I had to guesstimate I’d say 10-20 saunas and steam rooms, all different scents or oils each win their own health benefits, then 10-15 different pools (outside and inside) including a 20% salt pool you could float on! the place was huge and The best bit was the view of he mountains and Neuschwanstein castle in the outdoor pools and a panorama sauna.

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I couldn’t take photos, so taken some from the website instead. I couldn’t take photos cos the bloody place was a naked spa!! I felt a bit uncomfortable at first, then I went with it and it was liberating- I’ve never felt freedom like it!

 

 

 

 

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Picture postcard

11th April- Iffeldorf- Fussen- 85km

I crept out of my tent this morning, paranoid someone would come and find me. I was right next to some taps, so I thought I’d be able to have a cuppa and brush my teeth before I left- but the water had been shut off of course so I had to make do with brushing my teeth in the lake.

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fuhnsee campsite Iffeldorf 

It was freezing last night, so I didn’t get much sleep again. However it was worth it for the view I woke up to and also when I nipped to the loo in the middle of the night (when I say loo I mean bush) the stars were out of this world. Excuse the pun. Living in London it’s easy to forget a real starry sky.

I couldn’t stop taking photos today, the scenery was beautiful- like every travel magazine you see of Austria in winter, snowy mountains and lush green fields. The little villages I passed either had gorgeous paintings on he houses or wooden houses with decorative carvings.

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5km from Fussen

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Lunch stop

My mood was so upbeat I was singing at the top of my voice (Justin bieber  ”sorry’ in case you weren’t wondering) the way you sing when no ones around- those real high pitch notes I really can’t hit when two guys on bikes cycled past pretty cautionary giving me some really strange looks. I was just a tad embarrassed. He he.

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Got to Fussen in the afternoon, dropped my bags at the hostel and went for a wander around. It’s a really cute little town with cobbled streets that run along a river but not a massive amount to do other than he castles tomorrow which I’m so excited about!!

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