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My unlikely encounter with the Neuschwanstein Castle

09/05/2018
Schloss Neuschwanstein hidden in the mist.

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Even though I was born and raised in Germany, I’ve never been to the Bavarian Oktoberfest or the famous Carnival in Cologne. Neither had I, until recently, seen the historical Disney-like Neuschwanstein Castle in the very south of Germany. It was an image I knew from postcards, from the kind of calendars tourists use to buy, but visiting the castle seemed so far away, so unlikely, that it never really crossed my mind I might find myself suddenly standing right in front of it.

Yet, that’s exactly what happened. After my return from the Camino Portugués, I was hooked on being a pilgrim. I had a few spare days to spend in southern Germany, so I decided to go hiking there as well. Staying in Kempten, I drove to Füssen in the morning, which is a town close to the castle. I knew it would be somewhere around there and I started walking, following the signs. After forty minutes or so, I took out my phone to look at the castle’s location, to see how far I still needed to go. To my surprise, the phone indicated it was right in front of me. I lifted my gaze and had a look around. And there it was, majestically standing in the mist, all covered in snow amidst the mountains. It looked so beautiful I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had turned into a tourist in my own country. The sudden encounter with the castle had been an unexpected one, something I hadn’t planned. But as in many other cases, the most beautiful things in life are the ones we don’t plan, don’t you agree?

For other interpretations of Unlikely, have a look at this week’s photo challenge.

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3 Comments
  1. Truly an “unexpected “ treasure find!

  2. Wow that sounds like my favorite kind of travel moment…unexpected is really the word.

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