We were lucky that our unit's spouses were invited on a chaplain's retreat in Garmisch. I figured that we could manage to do a few things while also attending the classes. (Location, location, location....;) So, I signed us up! Another spouse and her baby girl rode w/ us. And another and her mom convoyed w/ us. We decided to stop at Neuschwanstein Castle along the way. It is located in the Bavarian Alps and is the inspiration for Walt Disney's Cinderella's castle. It was never completed b/c of King Ludwig's death.
It took about 25 minutes, but we opted to walk up to the castle instead of taking a horse and carriage ride. The walk was all uphill, but it wasn't bad at all. And the day was beautiful and the scenery gorgeous. We actually enjoyed it. Not so much the fly-covered horse patties.... LOL
View from one of the upper floor windows
King's Bedroom (scenes of "Tristan and Isolde" painted on the walls...the walls all through the castle have scenes from Wagner's works)
On the way back down
We hopped in the car for the drive to
Edelweiss, which is a DOD owned lodge and resort only opened to military members and their family (and civilian employees). It is located in Garmisch, Germany which is the Germany of your imaginings.
In front of Edelweiss
I'll have to update more tomorrow when I get my friend's pics of our adventures. :)