Sunday, February 24, 2019

Visiting Europe

Fly into

Rick Steves website

Frankford to Graben is 1 hours 15 minutes
Stuttgart to Graven is 1 hour 7 minutes

Bring a pullover and a small umbrella for rainy days

Check with Verizon on phone service

1. Buy or find a Micheline map and learn the signs of the road

2. Learn the rules of the road:

R lane is for getting off and slow
Middle lane is for going
Left lane is for passing (big tickets if you don't follow the rules)

3.  The Rhine River is the site of many castles.
You can take a "Water Bus" on the Rhine to visit castles:

Rüdesheim am Rhein, 65385, Germany is a castle on the Rhine near Frankfurt

Zimmer Frei, Chattenstraße is another in the same area

Stahleck Castle (GermanBurg Stahleck) is a 12th-century fortified castle in the Upper Middle Rhine Valley at Bacharachin Rhineland-PalatinateGermany.

4. Stuttgart

is the home of the Mercedes museum

1.  Germany

Philip Scholl's monarch while in Germany: 
Louis II, Grand Duke of Baden (15 August 1824 – 22 January 1858) was the son of Leopold I, Grand Duke of Baden and Sophie of Holstein-Gottorp, Princess of Sweden.
Louis succeeded his father as Grand Duke of Baden on 24 April 1852. His brother Frederick acted as regent, because Louis suffered from mental illness. However, in 1856, Frederick because grand duke as well. He was also an honorary citizen of Karlsruhe where he died. 

2. Switzerland

3.  Austria: A Pension is a B&B

Stay in Oberammergau, 82487, Germany with Auto? it is south of Munich and has access to: 

Brunner family  Salzberg, Kufstein, Jenbach, Schwatz, Innsbruck, (Inn river) Austria then 5 hours to:

Füssen, Germany, is the home of a German Castle just over the border
Linderhof, 82488 Ettal, Germany another castle same area
Bischofshofener Str., 82008 Unterhaching, Germany same area

Touristy, glorious, and romantic, the mountainous borderlands of southern Bavaria house some of Germany's best attractions. My favorites are three of King Ludwig II's castles: stocky Hohenschwangau, his boyhood home; the nearby and fanciful Neuschwanstein, (Disney inspiration) his dream escape; and Linderhof, his final retreat.
Ludwig was just 19 when he became king of Bavaria in 1864. Rather than live with the frustrations of a modern constitution and a feisty parliament reining him in, he spent his years lost in Romantic literature and operas…chillin' with the composer Wagner as only a gay young king could. From his bedroom in Hohenschwangau, Ludwig trained a telescope on a ridge to keep an eye on Neuschwanstein as it was being constructed.
Though tucked in the hinterlands of Bavaria's far south, the turreted fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein is hardly a secret. But the relatively unknown Ehrenberg ruins, perched on a hill just over the border in Austria, are equally fascinating: While postcard-worthy Neuschwanstein represents the medieval-castle dream, Ehrenberg is the real deal. I first visited both these castles as a teenager, and decades later I'm still enthralled by the striking contrast between the two — so close in distance but offering worlds-apart experiences.
Neuschwanstein, the ultimate fairy-tale castle, seems to be on every tourist's list. In the foothills of the Alps, about two hours by car or train from Munich, it's the most lavish of three extravagant castles belonging to Ludwig II, who ruled Bavaria for 22 years until his death in 1886.

Herreninsel, 83209, Germany is a castle in the middle of a lake