Best Vacation To-Date

During the summer of 2015, I had the chance to travel to Europe. While in Europe I got the chance to visit Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Liechtenstein.

One of my favorite Locations that we visited was the Neuschwanstein Castle. This castle is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. While visiting the castle we got to tour some of the main rooms then hike to Queen Mary’s bridge, which is where the picture below was taken of the castle.

 

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Neuschwanstein Castle from Queen Mary’s bridge — Schwangau, Germany

Another place we had the chance to visit Lucerne, Switzerland. Switzerland does, in fact, have delicious chocolate, which I managed to fill a whole backpack and bring home to enjoy here in America. While in Lucerne we had the chance to go to Mt. Pilatus in which I had the chance to ride on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to reach the top of the mountain. On the way down from the mountain, we had the chance to ride the gondolas which had big picture windows to take in the beautiful view.

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View from inside the gondola on Mt. Pilatus — Lucerne, Switzerland

Also in Lucerne, we had the chance to visit the Lion monument. The Lion Monument is a dying lion carved out of a wall of sandstone rock. This monument serves as a memorial for the mercenary soldiers from central Switzerland who lost their lives while serving the French king Louis XVI during the French Revolution.

 

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Lion Monument — Lucerne,  Switzerland

One other cool place we had the chance to visit was the Cologne Cathedral. This gothic style cathedral began construction in 1248 and was not completed until 1880 (over 600 years to complete). The Cathedral stands at 516 feet tall and is a gorgeous piece of artwork.

 

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Cologne Cathedral — Cologne, Germany

Other memorable things:

We had three days in Munich, Germany where I had the opportunity to try on a traditional dirndl (authentic german dress), visit the grounds of Oktoberfest, go to Berchtesgaden Salt mine where we got to dress up in miner outfits and tour the mine.

*All pictures in this post were taken by me*

 

 

 

 

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