Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Royal Christmas / Königliche Weihnachten

©Brigitta Huegel
Dear You, 
this was the view from our hotel room at the Hopfensee (Allgäu), where we spent Christmas. A very new experience for me, not to celebrate at home - but you drive 8 hours and a half by train - we didn't want to ask that from our 'children', who live in Kempten now, and have to work on Monday again.
It was utterly beautiful - sun as in May.
On the trip to the Hopfensee I thought for a moment that I was in the wrong film: a red little train passed us, coming from Füssen - and it was filled up to the last place with dark-haired young Asians. Japanese mostly, but also Chinese.
I wondered. Then, of course, the penny dropped.
Allgäu - Füssen - der Kini - König Ludwig II. - and: Schloß Neuschwanstein.

©Brigitta Huegel



Which we saw for the very first time. To understand its bizzare architecture one look at the face of Ludwig might help:



Pfiat di! 
Britta  xxx


10 comments:

  1. A long train ride to Bavaria and nearly to Austria I believe. I would have liked that. Many foreign visitors to see the strange castle, take photographs and then leave. It looks like an area where there is much beauty to stay for.

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    1. Yes, you see the Allgäu Alps (I am a northerner - flat land - so I wish them in due distance (while son&DiL conquer them). It must have been the same visitors, Rachel: bustling from Germany to Great Britain.

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  2. What a magical view from your hotel window Britta - it must be over 30 years since I visited Schloss Neuschwanstein which we saw when staying at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
    Those little people from Japan and China are regularly seen here in the Cotswolds - they love Wm Morris and like to visit his home in Kelmscott and then the village of Bibury before travelling on to Oxford.

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    1. The view was really magical - one morning for a short while there was ice in the middle of the lake - a white brushstroke painted with largesse...
      Oh, I mixed something up from Rachel's comment: YOU saw the bustling people!

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  3. The castle is a fantasy; can you imagine the inside!

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    1. I HAD to imagine the inside, Joanne - because (as at the villa Borghese) we had forgotten that nowadays you have to book with your computer many days in advance... To be honest: I prefered the walk through the beautiful sunny woods with a lake along another castle, Schloss Hohenschwangau.

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  4. You hopped into a fairy tale for Christmas. How fun.

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    1. Yes Emma - though beautiful it looked a little bit as if someone had taken it from a Disney movie - or vice versa?

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  5. How lucky you are - and such a beautiful fairytale castle.

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    1. Yes, we were happy. I think poor King Ludwig II never had the chance.

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