I previously posted about the first day of my tour around central Europe, which was spent in Munich. The next day we set off at 7am on the coach to Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the most famous castles in the world and the inspiration for many of the Disney castles. It was a really scenic journey, taking about an hour and a half, with lots and lots of mountains and the occasional pumpkin patch at the side of the road! As we got nearer you could see Neuschwanstein in the distant, set high up within the mountain range with a real looming presence.
Once we parked the coach and stepped outside, we realised that there must have been some renovation work going on as a large part of the castle was covered in scaffolding! We had the options of either riding a bus, a horse and cart or walking up to the castle. We decided to walk and it took about 40 minutes in total – hard work but it was worth it for the views from the top alone! The inside of the castle was stunning, there were fantastically ornate chandeliers and all sorts of impressive furnishings. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to photograph anything though!
After a much easier walk back down the castle and to our coach we set off in the direction of Oberammergau, a small Bavarian town famous for its passion play. We only stopped here for an hour or so and didn’t have long to explore but it was a very pleasant walk around the town. We found a small hotel called Hotel Alte Post that served the most divine Bavarian food – my boyfriend had sausages that were much nicer than the previous day’s meal in Munich and I had a tasty potato rosti.
Our final stop for the day was Innsbruck, the capital city of Tyrol in Western Austria and the home of two Winter Olympic Games. I had visited Innsbruck before around Christmas time and it was beautiful; covered in snow and lit up with Christmas market stalls. Having now returned at the beginning of Autumn, it felt a little underwhelming. There were a couple of points of interest; the Goldenes Dachl and the Liberation Monument but otherwise it was mostly full of shops and restaurants.
Once we had walked around Innsbruck and treated ourselves to some ice cream we were ready to get an early night after such a long day. We made our way to the Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli to check in and I can safely say it was the best hotel we stayed in for the entire tour. The hotel room was nicely furnished and the beds were very comfortable. The breakfast was amazing, a huge variety of options, none of which were lacking in quantity – my boyfriend must have eaten about 20 rashers of bacon! The building looks questionable from the outside but we were able to stay on one of the higher floors which made for a spectacular view from our room.
After snacking on some Haribo, we called it a night in preparation for the next day’s destination: Vienna – post coming soon!