Travel Diary | Exploring Munich

Hello everyone! So finally my last travel post installment from this trip. It had been such a fun overall experience and I highly recommend those who can to take time to travel. It really opens up your eyes to the world and there is still so much to explore this vast world.

Munich was my last trip and I wanted to take the train in but unfortunately, it was way cheaper to fly this time around. It could also be because I didn’t book my trip earlier. Had I done that, then it would’ve been less expensive to travel by train. Keep in mind that in February, the weather in Munich was much colder than Paris with temps in the 30’s. I went over the weekend early Friday morning so I had time to explore center Munich before going on my tour the next morning to Neuschwanstein–the beautiful castle that was the inspiration behind Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella’s castles. That was a bucket list must-have to check off.

Schloss Nymphenburg

This palace was a must-see for sure. The exterior didn’t look like much until you walk into the ballroom of this palace and and the sight of beautiful artwork all over the ceiling decked out with crystal chandeliers would capture your attention for sure. It did with me.

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BMW Museum

If you like cars, then this place is a definite one to visit. I had no intentions of visiting until my friend urged me to go. It was a quick train ride and the museum was right off the metro.

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Glockenspiel

To get a good daylight photo of the Glockenspiel, I had to wake up extremely early the next day before my tour started at 8:30am. It was also too early to go in but thankfully, I was able to get some photos of the exterior before heading out.

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Then it was time to walk over to the train station to meet up with my tour guide and take a 2-hour train ride out to Schwangau.

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Neuschwanstein

Upon arriving at Schwangau, we walked through the village to get to the trail up to the Neuschwanstein which was a good mile walk upwards. You could take the horse ride up for 10 euros I believe but I wanted to save that for the ride back down which was half the cost.

The sight of the castle was absolutely one that was so breath-taking, you just needed to stand there in the cold and take it all in. I couldn’t stop taking photos and although I dislike the cold, the sight of the castle nestled amongst the snowy mountain was worth every minute there. To actually get a great photo of the castle from afar, there was a trail around the back at the end of the tour. However, due to the wintry weather, the trail was closed off for safety sakes. That didn’t deter me as I followed many other tourists ahead of me and climbed over the fence to get that famous photo. Be aware of slippery paths and tread carefully and you will be greeted with the beautiful sight of the castle from the distance.

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And this post ends this part of my month-long Europe trip. Feel free to read about Paris/Normandy, Rome, Cinque Terre/Pisa, Florence and Barcelona if you haven’t done so already. Thanks for reading!

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